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My family of four can no longer live comfortably on $230,000 a year — here’s how much the American Dream really costs

Searching for the American Dream? Be prepared to fork over nightmarish sums.

A former Goldman Sachs analyst says his family of four need to earn more than $230,000 per year in order to live comfortably in California’s San Francisco Bay Area.

Sam Dogen, now 46, hit headlines in 2012 after retiring at the age of 34 with a $3 million net worth.

Since that time, the father-of-two — who has also penned the bestselling book “Buy This, Not That: How To Spend Your Way To Wealth And Freedom” — has been living off passive income from stocks, bonds, and real estate.

But in a candid new post for his website, Financial Samurai, Dogen revealed that he recently cashed out a considerable portion of his investments to purchase a property for his young family,, in struggling but still pricey San Francisco.

Now, the financial guru says his investments will generate just $230,000 before tax, while his annual expenses are projected to top $288,000 in 2024. To net that sum, Dogen estimated he would have to earn approximately $420,000 a year before taxes were taken out.

Dogen says his family of four need to make more than $230,000 per year in order to live comfortably in California. YouTube/Retire Sooner Team

Dogen declared that he was “not asking for sympathy or empathy,” freely admitting that he lives a solidly upper-middle-class life with his wife and two children.

However, he broke down his estimated annual expenses, saying they would be comparable to those of other two-parent, two-children families living in similarly expensive locales, including New York City.

“The budget is based off my ideal lifestyle for a family of four in a big city,” he wrote. “Of course, there are areas to cut. But overall, it is a realistic and comfortable lifestyle.”

Dogen’s annual budget includes $80,400 for private grade school tuition for his two kids, as well as $24,000 for healthcare costs.

He estimates food expenses will top $26,000 this year, while housing expenses, including property taxes, maintenance and insurances, are estimated at a whopping $68,400.

The budget breakdown is sure to alarm the growing group of Americans who are struggling to cope with soaring costs of utilities, rent, and groceries.

The budget breakdown is sure to alarm many Americans who are struggling to cope with soaring costs amid ongoing inflation. Nattakorn – stock.adobe.com

“It really is a struggle to raise a family in an expensive city, save for retirement, figure out how to spend a lot of time with your kids before they leave for college, and enjoy life in general,” Dogen told The Post.

The former analyst, who holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and also worked as an executive director at Credit Suisse, says he is now looking at going back to work or consulting after more than a decade of retirement.

According to Forbes, the average annual salary for a working American currently stands at $59,428. In Dogen’s California, the sum is slightly higher, at $73,220.

Dogen bought a home in San Francisco, one of the priciest real estate markets in the country. AP

Meanwhile, a recent recent study conducted by Investopedia found that the average US citizen needs to make a whopping $3,455,305 throughout their lifetime to live the American Dream — which was classified as “owning a home, a car, a pet and sending two children to school.”

However, the average American — across all education levels — only rakes in roughly $2.3 million, according to the research.

Written by New York Post