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Not an easy one to answer as everyones lifestyle is different. But am after opinions on how much people think is a safe bet to tide us over for a few months.

Schooling and rent already paid for, 2 Adults, 2 kids and 1 dog.

We have lived quite easily off £1400pm including paying mortgage and all bills when one of us has been in between jobs.

Any opinions on how much as a safety net is best for the first 6 months?
 

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Not an easy one to answer as everyones lifestyle is different. But am after opinions on how much people think is a safe bet to tide us over for a few months.

Schooling and rent already paid for, 2 Adults, 2 kids and 1 dog.

We have lived quite easily off £1400pm including paying mortgage and all bills when one of us has been in between jobs.

Any opinions on how much as a safety net is best for the first 6 months?
at today's exchange rate that's around 2000€

you should live easily on that a month right now
 

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Not an easy one to answer as everyones lifestyle is different. But am after opinions on how much people think is a safe bet to tide us over for a few months.

Schooling and rent already paid for, 2 Adults, 2 kids and 1 dog.

We have lived quite easily off £1400pm including paying mortgage and all bills when one of us has been in between jobs.

Any opinions on how much as a safety net is best for the first 6 months?
It all depends on your lifestyle.

If it is an extravagant one and you mostly eat out, are down the bar most evenings, drink a fair bit, smoke and always off to the beach or wherever, Have to have all foodstuffs etc imported from UK, either directly or via M&S, Iceland, etc., run a gas-guzzling car that is far bigger than your real needs, live in an expensive area, take expensive holidays every other month, have high gas, electricity and water bills, etc., etc. it is as long as a piece of string

If on the other hand, you enjoy home cooking and only rarely eat out, don't smoke (anymore), rarely have a drink and even then it is at home, enjoy home entertainment or sitting out in the street chatting with neighbours, run an economical car that is right for your needs, only take two holidays (in Spain) a year, manage your utilities well, etc., etc. then life is much cheaper.

We manage quite comfortably on €650 per month. SWMBO also works part-time which enables us to afford extras and exceptional payments such as having a new roof fitted, a water softener and filter installed and now a stair-lift, all without dipping too far into capital. We have also turned the attic into a useful accommodation (it was used originally as a place for the mule in winter as well as for storage), we also now have a solar water heater and are progressively changing the draughty wooden window frames to uPVC.

Should have added that we are three adults and two small dogs.
 
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