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Budget Calculators

These free online budget calculators can help you learn how much you need to earn to cover the basic living expenses for a family in California. You can also build your own lifestyle budget with Make Money Choices on the California CareerZone.

Making Ends Meet

This California Budget Project calculator shows how much it costs for a family in California to cover basic expenses. Budgets are available for all 58 California counties and four family types.

Budget categories:

  • Housing and Utilities
  • Child Care
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Health Care
  • Miscellaneous Expenses
  • Taxes

Family types:

  • Single Adult
  • Single Parent, Two Children
  • Two Parents, Two Children, One Parent Working
  • Two Parents, Two Children, Both Parents Working

California Family Needs Calculator

The California Family Needs Calculator measures the minimum income necessary to cover all of a non-elderly (under 65 years old) and non-disabled individual or family’s basic expenses without public or private assistance. It is available for all 58 counties across the state. 

Budget Categories:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Child care
  • Health care
  • Transportation
  • Taxes

Family Types:

  • Number of Adults: 1 - 3
  • Number of Children: 1 - 6 and ages
    • Infant: 0-2 years old
    • Preschooler: 3-5 years old
    • School-age: 6-12 years old
    • Teenager: 13-18 years old