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  •  Nice (9+ / 0-)

    Dkos demographic is so perfect.  This diary is a lot of people saying, "Well, it's really not thaaat much."

    Yes, it's not necessarily the type of salary that prevents one from living month to month, especially if they are not good at managing money.

    What I'd like to hear from someone like this is, "Hey, I've been blessed to make 175k  a year with great benefits.  I get to participate in writing the laws of this country.  I would have done it all for free while sleeping in my office."

    Streichholzschächtelchen

    by otto on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 09:41:13 AM PDT

    •  Yes! (2+ / 0-)
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      terrypinder, otto

      When well-to-do folks acknowledge how fortunate they are, then we can get back on the right track.

      •  Seriously (1+ / 0-)
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        asterkitty

        I get paid a little to teach chess.  However, I also teach chess for free.  

        Streichholzschächtelchen

        by otto on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 10:10:36 AM PDT

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      •  heh we have this fight in my house from (2+ / 0-)
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        time to time.

        I consider us incredibly fortunate. he complains about our "paycheck to paycheck" habits.

        (the habit, incidentially, is his, not mine. he seems to think we should have many more luxuries with our combined income and I'm really not all about that stuff. my new fav activity on sundays is clipping coupons while i play on the internet. )

        Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. Russia Today=FoxNews, Seralini=Wakefield. yadda yadda.

        by terrypinder on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 10:13:03 AM PDT

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    •  We were blessed to make that, and I've always (0+ / 0-)

      thought that. As I mentioned somewhere up thread, we've struggled before, just out of school, and with a baby. Maybe that is the difference.

      Recently, we made that much for about 18 months. I made 90k, my wife around 80.

      Saved 2 years of college payments in about 10 months.
      Before that though, I was unemployed for 6 months. And now after that, my wife's work situation became unbearable and was becoming a health problem for her.

      So, she quit, and started her own business. Of course, this has not come close to replacing her income yet, and so we've had to cut back for now, but it is actually much better, because we are less stressed (even with a business!) and I can focus on what is really giving us the most bang for our buck for the future.

      There is no "path" to choose. The path is what is behind you that led you to today. What lies in front of you is not a fork in the road - not a choice of paths to take, but rather an empty field for you to blaze your own direction.

      by cbabob on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 11:30:40 AM PDT

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