My rainboots are muddy and cracked. I got laid off, then lost my job after finding a new one. Actually within the past 2 years I've gone from riches to rags.. literally.
Live in an expensive area that I can't even afford to move out of, try to eat good but sometimes eat noodles or hotdogs for a week straight. I don't stress too much because eventually I'll make things better in time. For now, I live just outside of Vancouver - the 2nd most expensive city in the world to live in or even near really..
I don't do as much for my dogs as I'd like, at the moment. I make minimum wage, but my dogs are happy - so I'm happy.
Kaity, owned by
Vida - 6 years GSD
Hype - 3 years GSD
Cinq - 1 year bengal
Sunshine - 7 years tabby
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I have a lot of student debt that I am trying to pay off (Graduate school).
I own my own vehicle, pay my bills, and have a VERY small savings (for the dogs mostly...lol).
I am in the middle of transitioning to another job. I was recently promoted but didn't take the position due to the fact that I would have to move way up North (another 3-4 hours way from my family which would make it a total of 8 hours North of them). I am now in the process of transitioning to another company in a new position.
Scary time in my life, but I am 27, and have fast tracked in my career this far and therefore have a lot of experience and education backing me.
When I think "well off" I think of my parents, never had to worry about money and can do as they please, when they please.
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I'm far from "rich", but consider myself well off.
I'm 29 now and have zero debt of any kind. The only debt I'd have is if I owned a home, but I rent. The homes around here pretty much start at a million plus and I really don't want to have that kind of mortgage over my head.
I've got a stable job that I can pretty much pick and choose when I work - I'm self-employed, so it's all on me. Decent size savings and money spread around in mutual funds and other similar type investments. The markets been treating me well lately. I own a couple cars. I never really have to worry about making next months bills or rent which is nice. The current dog will always have her medical bills paid or an emergency operation if needed. I've got another puppy on the way this summer to look forward to.
And more important than the financial stuff is I'm happy with my life. Good family to rely on if needed. I like what I do and never stress over a job I hate. I've worked jobs in the past that I absolutely hated and you couldn't pay me all the money in the world to work a job I hated going to every day now. Can't buy that kind of stuff with money.
Give me a Mets world series or a Jets super bowl and I could probably die happy.
Zeeva, who are you working for? LOL just kidding....
We are secure...in our mid 30's & have been meeting our financial goals along the way. We are both thankful for the jobs we have...while my husbands has always been challenging and has kept me on pins & needles at times it's been worth it and has put us in a good financial position.
We are very conservative with our money, save a lot and have outstanding credit. Both of our girls know how to balance a checkbook and are required to put a % of money earned or given in their savings accounts.
......having our boy has brought a lot of joy to our home and we are thankful for him too
Personally I think my fiancé and I are quite comfortable for the age we are at the moment and with our careers still developing. I'm 22 and she is 24, my salary would be around 30k without overtime and hers almost 60k. We live in Australia so it's a below average income really for myself, but I am a 2nd year electrician apprentice.
We own both our vehicles outright and have a 300k+ mortgage on the home, have travelled oversea's twice now both for 2 weeks a trip. We are currently planning our wedding for later this year and another overseas trip for 3 weeks this time for the honeymoon. Can't wait! All out utilities and bills are always paid also.
All I can say is hard work and smart choices on spending goes a long way to where we are now. On top of my full time apprenticeship I also work in a pub, so weeks total hours between the 2 exceeding 70-80 hours. I'm just keen to pay off the house!
Money isn't everything though, I think being "well off" comes down to how you spend your money and what you can do with it too enjoy life. A family friend of mine is filthy rich but miserable as all ****. As they say, money can't buy you happiness.