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well i just wanted to put my lif einto perspectve of others. The other day my friend was talking to me about how his parents bought a new civic, and how they got their first car with a sunroof, and i was just thinking how well off i am compared to others. I mean im not necessarily spoiled, but i get everything i need and then some. I mean my parents bought my first car, they helped me pay for everything i want to do, it doesnt matter how expensive, and i think i take it for granted sometimes. Although i work hard for everything i get.
Not saying my families rich or anything, but i never really realized how good we are actually doing compared to other families.
can anyone relate?
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I guess I'd consider my immediate family lower/middle class.... neither parent college educated.... a diesel mechanic and a factory worker....
I haven't asked for or received any money from my parents since I was 13 (with the exception of b-day's, x-mas, graduation, etc.)...
I've paid for (and am paying for) everything myself by working 20-40hrs a week at part-time jobs (cars, school, rent, bills upon bills) ..... all tuition/school expenses I couldn't cover myself are being covered by my student loans (I think I'm up to $48,000 or so) which I will be paying off myself eventually
I don't resent the wealthy... most of my friends and their families are flppin loaded.... I just hope those born into wealthy families don't take what they have for granted....
while most of my friends are out partyin all weekend.... I'm workin..... just to pay for things that they don't even need to worry about
I'm well off, my parents paid for my car - still, I don't take it for granted. I put a lot of effort into schoolwork, so I don't have a chance to hold down a job. Both of them are college educated - my dad's a Vanderbilt MBA with an exec position at Suntrust. My mom's a preschool teacher. Still, both of them came from families that were not rich by any means - both fathers served in the army. My father made everything we have, so i'm not ashamed of our wealth at all.
my family is pretty well off. my parents pay for most of my stuff. i take most things for granted. as i have gotten older and more mature i have realised that you need to appreciate all the things in life that we have that most others do not. i hope to do well myself and be successful because of what i can do myself, not what my parents can get for me. most people do not realise how lucky they are.
Whoa, that's a pretty impressive bunch of posts...It takes some pretty big "NADS" to come forward to come out with what you guys said. Especially in this day of "me first, screw them and who cares" attitudes. That says alot about you guys, you're not "snot-nosed punks" scalding the almighty buck 'till crisp and at Mom & Dads' expense.
I've had to work my ass off to get what I've needed/wanted. My parents were both immigrants - Father from Sicily, mother from Italy and it was tough but we got by, by putting your head down, working hard and setting realistic goals - anything is do-able. I wasn't able to afford a college education until I was 30, but I payed for it the first year out of audio school. Now I ride around the country/world in tour busses making "outrageously STUPID money" doing something I enjoy,
My hat's off to you guys who posted and are realistic in your thoughts & ideals. Those posts keep things realistic and you guys need to take a bow
I make 50k+ a year base salary in Spokane, WA and only really work hard maybe 1-2 weeks out of a month It's the joys of being a Network Systems Engineer However, when it gets busy, it gets busy. Sometimes 12-14 hour days. I don't have to deal with hardly any crap al all since I'm the Engineering boss. I've been living on my own pretty much since I was since I was 17 (except for a 6 month stint when I was back with my parents inbetween jobs). I've paid for everything since then and continue to.
My parents are not well-off, but middle class and smart with money. I got my loans for my cars through my parents, which is nice. Low interest rate but I NEVER take that for granted as I always pay more then the min. payment to them and sometimes twice a month. My first car, I sold all of my sports cards (which was well over 50k worth) and bought it with the help of that money and saved the rest.
I should mention that my wife makes 25k a year right now so together we make around 75k+. We're on a waiting list for a new house so we currently live in the nicest apt complex in Spokane. The average income for Spokane is roughly 19k a year. So compared to the average, I would say we're spoiled, but we work hard, she has her degree and I have all of my Certs. in computers (MCSE 2000/2003/CCNA/Net+/A+, etc...) and we maintain. The problem with Spokane, it can change at any moment. I know i could move to Seattle and make in the 6 figures if I wanted, but I don't want to deal with the big city stuff right now.
That's my life in a nutshell, spoiled, yet works hard to maintain being spoiled
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I would say that my family is pretty well off. They pay for my school and my appartment while i'm at school, however as far as spending cash goes thats all on me, I am also paying my car insurance and for any maintence/upgrades, which is currently putting a huge drain on my funds. I do not like to ask my parents for money for things but should i get in a dilema then I would ask although i would not want to and would probably do everything in my power to not have to.
My family, esspecially my dad, are very hard workers, granted we like to slack off when we can, but when there is work to be done we will work our asses off. My dad has managed to go from very poor to pretty well off over the coarse of this life. He was married at 18 and he and my mom had my brother right after they got out of high school, he worked his ass off, ran a landscaping company managed to pay to goto school and graduate and become a CPA. He has worked for the same company for about 20 years now and is now the vice president of their asian office which is just being set up in HK where he and my mom now live.
I have lived a nice life and managed to go places and see things that a lot of people probably will never experience, and for that i'm happy, but at the moment I wish i had a little more money for my own good but i guess for about the next year and a half i live as a poor college student until I get a job and start making some real money.
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Right now I only have to pay for things that I want, but don't need pretty much. I sometimes chip in for gas, but thats because I know that the way I drive sometimes wastes a lot of gas. I pay for lunch in between classes most of the time. I work right now so I also pay for some maintenance for my car that needs to be done. My parents have some money, but they don't spend a lot of it on things like cars, and fancy electronics they spend it more on going on vacations.
I'm better off than most, I guess. I managed to move back home to NZ and work 1 year in 3. Spent the rest of my time catching up with friends and helping mates out to keep me from getting bored, while I found something else to do. No debt outside of credit cards. Not old money, it's been earned. Working again and travelling most weeks. Nothing better than a working holiday. Get paid to work all week and then spend the week-end in nice locations relaxing.