Well this will make you want to throw in the towel. I found this article in USA today. The American Dream - the belief that with hard work, you can achieve success and provide a better life for your kids - may be inspiring, but in real-life terms, it's also super-expensive.
A USA Today analysis shows that to actually live the American Dream, complete with owning a home, affording medical care, saving for retirement and taking an annual vacation, the average family of four needs to rake in just over $130,000 a year. (And that's assuming you only have one car.)
Only around one in eight households earned $130,000 or more in 2013. The median household income last year was $51,000.