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$250k a year not enough?

March 26th, 2011 at 08:06 am

I just read elsewhere one of the most insane comments I have ever seen. Basically, some guy makes $250k a year, but thinks that is only middle class, and that he is only somewhat getting by. This despite acknowledging the fact that only 3% of the population makes that much. You can't be MIDDLE class if you are in the top 3%!

And what is causing them to struggle with their "middle class" money? 4200 sq. ft. house in an affluent neighborhood, 2 kids in private school, only 2-3 week-long vacations a year, and investing heavily in college and retirement funds (which I have no problems with).

What really kills me is that he thinks he is very frugal. And that may very well be true for someone who makes $250k a year. However, the vast majority of the population do not make that much, and have had to eek out a life with much less. So PLEASE do not tell us how to be frugal like you. For you, frugality is buying the 42" TV instead of the 50". For the rest of us, we have real choices and real sacrifices to make in our version of frugality.

Khan Academy

March 22nd, 2011 at 05:25 am

A bunch of free video classes, including stuff on investing, money, and the economy.

While I'm here, many of the free videos on RSAnimate are also pretty cool.

Cha Cha

March 21st, 2011 at 03:41 am

So a friend of mine decided to give Cha Cha a try. Basically, a question comes in, he Googles it, copy and pastes the answer back, and gets $0.02 for it. He said that he averages around $1.50 per hour.

Oxalis

March 20th, 2011 at 03:06 pm

This is a little late, but in light of St. Patrick's Day, I learned that the Oxalis (or more commonly known as Shamrocks) make for amazing house plants. But then, I guess any resilient "weeds" are strong candidates for it.



Cheap, easy to care for, and adds a little green to my life. Now if I can just add more of the other kind of green to my life.