Re: Feel Like We are Barely Getting by...
03-13-2012 08:40 PM
I guess my biggest problem is the people we associate with all seem to have so much more money than we do. It just gets to where you don't appreciate that you have more than lots of others you don't know and things could be so much worse.
....It also doesn't help that many people tend to exaggerate their own income.
But what they aren't sharing is that they have a five- or six-figure debt and are 30 days away from a BK if they lost their job.
It's called status. Status is buying things you can't afford to impress people you don't even like.
If looking to do so, start with your budget first. Create a written budget and commit to it.
Just seeing cost detail can be a huge eye-opener. Also, start simple and allow for changes.
There's nothing wrong with eating out everyday (except for health issues maybe) ...
You might be the first person ever to say this... <sheds tear from face> As a travelling man, I appreciate it
Also, your existing income is fine. Just make it work harder - you're the boss, not your income (well, theoretically).