Budgeting for Basic Needs: A Struggle for Working Families

Dinan, Kinsey Alden

The Basic Needs Budgets developed by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) show the cost of basic day-to-day necessities for families with children. Using examples from these bare-bones budgets, this brief examines the question of how much families need to get by and provides insight into the struggles that working families face. Examples are drawn from 12 localities and are based on families with two children; budgets for other family types and localities are available through NCCP’s Basic Needs Budget Calculator.


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National Center for Children in Poverty
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University
Making Work Supports Work Publications
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June 8, 2010