Family Living Expenses


In most family situations, whether it is a farm family or a suburban family, the amount of money spent for family living costs is usually far greater than what the family realizes or has budgeted for. 

In 2014, the total noncapital living expenses of 1,350 farm families enrolled in the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association (FBFM) averaged $81,711—or $6,809 a month for each family. This average was 1.2 percent higher than in 2013. Another $7,225 was used to buy capital items such as the personal share of the family automobile, furniture, and household equipment. Thus, the grand total for living expenses averaged $88,936 for 2014 compared with $89,130 for 2013, or a $194 decrease per family. 

Income and social security tax payments decreased about 3.8 percent in 2014 compared to the year before. The amount of income taxes paid in 2014 averaged $38,801 compared to $40,328 in 2013. 

Net nonfarm income continued to increase, averaging $39,676 in 2014. Net nonfarm income has increased $11,866, or 43 percent in the last 10 years. In 2005, all of the family living costs per acre averaged about $84 per acre. This increased to $116 per acre in 2014. 

The 10-year average is $102 of total family living expense per acre. If we compare this to the 10-year average of net farm income per acre of $204, then 50 percent of the net farm income per acre is family living expense. If we look at the average year over year increase for the last 10 years for family living per acre, the annual increase was 3.4 percent per year. The five-year annual increase per year would average 3.1 percent. Therefore, as you work on your crop budgets, keep in mind that a 55-cent price change on 200 bushels per acre corn is about equal to the average total family living expense per acre. 

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