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Living on $46k - where the money goes

The median income for an American household is $46,242, according to the Census Bureau. Here's how five couples from different walks of life are managing now.

Susan Slingland
Boone, North Carolina
Susan Slingland
Housing is by far Susan Slingland's greatest expense at $675 a month, although her other costs are relatively contained.

Healthcare, which Susan gets through the state, costs only about $50 a month. [Correction: An earlier version of the pie chart, at right, showed Slingland's spending on housing at 47% of total spending.]
The Ogles The Ogles' spending The Thibaults The Thibaults' spending Andrew and Ozgul Leone The Leones' spending The Wheats The Wheat's spending Slingland Slingland's spending