My SO got his first paycheck of the year today, and the amount taken out for federal income tax went up $100. $200 a month less. Now we live paycheck to paycheck, but we do not want for necessities and even some luxuries. But that $200 a month is emergency money. I was expecting to have less but I was not prepared for this much. It is a little disappointing knowing that now it may be even harder to move into a bigger place. I hate getting discouraged like this. We're working really hard to improve our situation (we're both in school) and set backs like this just bring me down a bit. Blah. I hate it.