Self-Sufficiency Standard

A Better Future Starts Here

The Our Money Needs Calculator helps you understand whether your family earns enough money to make ends meet. It considers where you live in North Carolina, your family makeup, taxes, and basic needs

It’s free and confidential. No identifying information is required.

You’ll only need to answer a few simple questions:

  • Which North Carolina county do you live in?

  • How many adults live in your house?

  • How many children do you have and their ages?

After you get your results...

You’ll be linked to tips to help your family talk about money, and connected to resources to help you find the right answers for your family, including:

  • Finding new job opportunities

  • Applying for food or human service benefits your family may be eligible to receive

  • Learning more about education options after high school

  • Saving for emergencies and retirement

Get started today at:

www.unitedwaync.org/our-money-needs-calculator

Making Choices

How will you invest your resources?

If you had a “15-candy budget” to spend every month how would you spend it? What would your priorities be? Place the required number of candies to indicate your spending choices. You have to make a choice for each category (you can’t skip any categories). You are married; you both work and have a son, 14 and a daughter, 9.

Click here to do our SSS Game Making Choices Worksheet

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How much does it take to make ends meet in Beaufort County?

Self Sufficiency Standard and Money Needs Test


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