Again traditionalist minded people on about how families of large sizes made it by with so little money. They always forget to tell the reader one thing though.
“The only debt the Fatzingers carried was the mortgage on their home, which is now paid off. Get that. No car loans, home improvement loans or sustained credit card balances. Sam is a stay at home mom who homeschools her children through high school. Granted, the household income is $110K, which is well above the US average but it wasn’t always so. In the 1990’s, Rob and Sam owned a bookstore and never made above $36K per year. The book store closed in 2000 and Rob got into computer software with his income rising from $40K per year to its current level.”
Based on the context of this paragraph it doesn’t sound like that 36K is converted for inflation in today’s dollars. He said the 1990s, so I went with 1995 for an inflation calculation and got that 36K in 1990s dollar’s is 57K in today’s dollars. I can’t stand the misleading by traditionalist who can’t figure out how time and money work. So someone today making 36K may read something like this and left scratching their head wondering why they can’t make it work.