Balancing a Budget in Somerville on $36K/Year

Here is an experiment you can try on your own or with other members of your household. Then, please share your ideas on what we can do to help families — as a city government, school district, and community of residents. The examples below for a family of four are simplified, but not too far off the income and expenses of many families in Somerville. Try to balance their monthly budget by making some tough choices.

Monthly family budget

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