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disposable income


Disposable incomes have barely kept pace with inflation.
  income (after taxes)

or (less commonly and arguably better referred to as discretionary income): income not required for reasonable and necessary living expenses
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disposable income disposable incomes
Strongly Associated with:   discretionary income
Notes:
Transfer payments (e.g., welfare payments) are included when calculating disposable income. Although disposable income generally refers to after tax income, it is common in bankruptcy law or budgeting to use the term in reference to money that is available after fixed living expenses.
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  • Disposable incomes have barely kept pace with inflation.
  • Wes’s athletic physique and laid-back style, combined with the obvious trappings of a kid with disposable income—a new pair of sneakers every day, brand-name clothes—made him very popular with the girls around town.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Assuming fit and have some disposable income, I think the biggest obstacle is probably taking time off from your job and leaving your family for two months.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He took his climbing gear to the Wilderness Exchange on San Pablo Avenue, a place where much of his disposable income had vanished in the years since he’d become a devoted climber.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea

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  • And if you need a new set of false teeth and you don’t have a whole lot of disposable income, you go to Pell City, the affordable denture capital of the world.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • His trips to the bar cost the family 30 percent of its disposable income.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • We’d fight over who was going to get to spend our disposable income, which ended up being about three or four dollars a week.
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
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Associated words [difficulty]:   disposable income [8] , discretionary income [9] , discretionary income [9]
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