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How Much Would Your Dream Lifestyle Really Cost?


Lots of people fantasise about what their life could be like if they had just a little bit more money. I would think, however, that most people probably don’t actually know just how much more money would really be required to live their dream lifestyle. If you’ve ever wondered to yourself “how much will my lifestyle cost?” then this is the post for you. 

I’ll be graduating next summer and have a job lined up, which got me thinking about how much I really need to be earning in order to support the lifestyle I dream about. Stay Sourced have come up with this lifestyle calculator to help you figure out how much would your dream lifestyle really cost. You can try it for yourself here.

Now take a guess at what figure the calculator gave me…

£114,000 per year

Damn. Good thing I’m going to be a lawyer then. 😂

This is based on the assumption that I would like to live in London, have two children, live in a semi-detached house, wear designer clothes, dine in chain restaurants at the weekend, shop in regular supermarkets, drive a family car, go on “adventure” holidays, and own a rabbit.

What do you think the biggest cost out of all of those is?

Kids of course!

So I then cut kids out of the equation to see what the answer would be then. This number halved.

£57,000 per year

I mean I always knew kids were expensive but it wasn’t until I took this short quiz that I realised just how pricey raising two kids can be.

This is all, of course, a dream, but one that I would love to be able to turn into a reality. It certainly puts everything in perspective when you see a number as big as £114,000 pop up on the screen and has motivated me to work even harder and remember to save as much money as possible. Your dreams are achievable if you keep chipping away at that work!

Find out how much your dream lifestyle will cost in just a few clicks! Check out Stay Sourceds lifestyle calculator below:


So… what’s the damage? Let me know how much you need to support your lifestyle in the comments below!

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  1. Izzy Kershaw
    19th December 2016 / 12:38 PM

    £142,000 …. #screwed (3 kids)

  2. Hannah Latoya Bond
    19th December 2016 / 7:25 PM

    My dream lifestyle would probably cost the same, fortunately i don’t have kids so all the money would be mine. Kids are too expensive x

  3. 19th December 2016 / 8:02 PM

    First I would have to figure out what my dream lifestyle would be! However, not having kids would put me on the less expensive end of the scale, lol.

  4. 19th December 2016 / 9:47 PM

    Such an interesting calculator. As I have a child, my dream lifestyle would be more expensive! 🙂

  5. Jo Wiggins
    19th December 2016 / 9:55 PM

    Argh, I’ve just had a baby. And I can already tell he’s going to cost me a small fortune x

  6. FussFreeJen
    19th December 2016 / 10:02 PM

    Hah! Apparently if I were a train driver, I would be ok. Most excellent!

  7. Jodie Whitham
    19th December 2016 / 10:15 PM

    Haha always knew kids were expensive! Can’t wait to take this quiz. Going to bookmark this! x

  8. 19th December 2016 / 10:43 PM

    Wahaha what a fun test. My results came to £119.000 a year. I need to be a pilot 😀
    You think it’s too late to become one?

  9. 19th December 2016 / 10:49 PM

    Apparently I need to earn 58 K and its telling me I need to be lawyer. I have always been good at debates lol x

  10. Teresa Bowen
    20th December 2016 / 9:26 AM

    I already have my dream lifestyle, retired at 50 with enough income to do as I please within reason.

  11. 20th December 2016 / 9:41 AM

    Wow that is crazy at how much things could cost. I always knew kids were expensive but that’s madness x

  12. Joanna
    20th December 2016 / 10:24 AM

    Mine is £63,000 a year if only I could earn that amount.

  13. Melanie Edjourian
    20th December 2016 / 4:36 PM

    Lol, I have 3 kids and it’s not easy as they can cost a fair amount especially when you start needing tutors.

  14. Beautyqueenuk
    20th December 2016 / 7:44 PM

    Haaa I did snort when you said “So I cut kids out of the equation” lol expensive habit they are x

  15. Abracadabra Girl
    20th December 2016 / 8:21 PM

    Ha I really enjoyed your post the 114,000 in London does not suprise me at all – I like the own a rabbit addition I have one but I’m not in that £ bracket lol K x

  16. francesca
    20th December 2016 / 9:47 PM

    Haha this is an enjoyable read! I’d have to say though that everyone often says kids cost a lot but they don’t really!! I have 2 and yeah you need more money than if it was just you and a partner but they aren’t extortionate humans!! Lol

  17. Baby Isabella
    20th December 2016 / 9:55 PM

    hahaha woweeee! Us kids are expensive but worth every penny 😉 Fascinating post x

  18. 20th December 2016 / 10:14 PM

    yep that also depends on if your kids have other things that causes extra expenses, but yes sadly life nowadays are becoming more and more harder to manage cost wise

  19. Juliette Theureau
    21st December 2016 / 8:49 AM

    £ 30,000 even with two kids. I don’t live in the UK so I had to select a random region, Scotland. To be honest, I was expecting worse!

  20. 21st December 2016 / 11:25 AM

    I need 101,000! I definitely need a new job or win the lottery! x

  21. 21st December 2016 / 6:45 PM

    What a lovely and cool survey, living out of london and current job, I am £5,000 short of my dream life if I remove kids I have more than enough right now lol

  22. 21st December 2016 / 11:24 PM

    Ouch!!!! Those figures are mental!!! Unfortunately they seem right too xx

  23. 22nd December 2016 / 1:37 AM

    Omg! I’d need 55,000 per year – this is really an eye opener, though I’m not going into the suggested careers xx

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