I Am a Single Parent with Four Kids: Watch My Budget


Welcome to YNAB Money Snapshots–in which you find a real image of somebody else’s budget and financing. They are all anonymous, since sharing cash remains a squirrelly issue for quite a few, but we believe airing them out at the open makes you better with your money narrative. 

As you browse these budgets, remember that a number of people today earn a great deal of cash and a few people today earn just a bit of cash, but we know that it’s exactly what you perform with this money and the way you sense relating to this cash means over any annual salary. 

Notice the way the service admin at Israel manufacturing 96,000NIS (approximately $27,600 USD) annually spent her cash in June.


  • Name: MRM
  • Age: 43
  • Location: Israel 
  • Job: Office manager/accounts payable/customer communicating (in summary — administrative assistance )
  • Living scenario: Single mother (divorced) of 4 boys (ages 8 ), 10, 12.5, 14)

Income: 96,000NIS (approximately $27,600 USD)

Savings: It is Complicated

  • 45,000NIS in savings belonging to my kids (~$13K USD)
  • 10,000NIS in crisis economies (~$3K USD)
  • $2,000CDN within an accounts my parents place money because I try to not touch (~$1.5% )

Lending: 700,000NIS (~$200K USD)

June Inflows: 7,000NIS (~$2K USD)


My Savings Groups

At the moment my best savings targets are:

  1. One of my son’s bar mitzvah
  2. Trip for the two sons to see my parents in Canada following summer
  3. Replacing the pipes at our new flat (I would really like to overhaul the entire area but I do not need to bite off more than I could chew.)

My Month

This was a fairly normal month. My ex compensated (most of) his child support, and there weren’t any excess bonus authorities obligations. I did need to pre-pay summer camp for the majority of the children, but I will find a partial settlement for it.  Oh, and that I needed to replace the boiler (there is actually no ordinary month). I gave a friend a chunk of cash when she was at a challenging place that I would like to return (since initially writing this, she’s begun to refund what I lent her); and that cash goes towards the pipe restoration.

I’ve two weeks’ buffer of my entire mortgage payment stored which can give me the flexibility to cut back my hours if we return into lockdown and I want to help the boys with their remote learning.

My Story

I was a Quicken user for twenty five years before I began with YNAB. That usually means that I might tell one to the agora (or cent ) just how much I spent what, but I didn’t understand how we went via the”spare” 2000NIS (nearly $600 USD) monthly.  

My ex has/had low-earning possible, therefore me not functioning wasn’t an alternative. In 2012 my youngest was born. I was grateful to choose the 14 months of paid maternity leave and that I had a savings fund which enabled an extra 3 weeks of time off.

After I began working , I landed at a project that was a fairly poisonous working environment. I had been outside of this home 10 hours per day for example my commute (by bus). When I had been back in time to pick up the children, my cover was cut brief. Something needed to change.  

At June of 2015 a part time (4 hours/day) project fell into my lap. I meanI needed to interview, however, it was excellent. It was half of the hours but it was just about a 1000NIS/month web pay cut (roughly $300 USD), and it saved me over that at childcare. I really must be a mother!  

A year after, my ex and I split. In my previous job, I shudder to consider what that experience would have been like while still in my previous toxic workplace. I wound up going full time in the autumn of 2017 and now I won’t forget the kindness displayed by my present boss throughout that entire procedure. 

A couple of months after the breakup with my ex, I eventually closed all of the joint accounts and also did a new start–I had a net value of -7,334NIS. From December, when my ex had been months behind in child support, I had a net value of -16,272NIS. I have had my ups and downs, but now my net worth (not like my mortgage or flat, rather than like the savings in my childrens’ titles ) is 31,971NIS.

My Financial Goals

I am working to put aside enough to perform the repairs needed to the flat (I did not recognize I had purchased a”fixer-upper”).  When the bar mitzvahs are compensated for, I’d love to put sufficient for weddings.  

Here in Israel, it is quite tough to get enough for a deposit (minimum is 25percent and more is demanded ), so I’d love to put away enough to help my children with that.  

One of the boys is particular needs–that he will want help to become independent as a adult, so I will need to manage that. I am also awaiting when my kids every turn 18 (and so child care will be decreased ). I will need to set aside enough to make those adjustments a bit simpler.

I’d rate my present financial situation: 4/5

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