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post #31 of 62 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 07:07 AM
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I figure it could always be worse. I am paying taxes, and living the dream.

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post #32 of 62 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 10:08 AM
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I am well off. I have a healthy family. I have a house to call home. I have healthy animals. I have a spouse who (strangely) still thinks I hung the moon and we've been married over 30 years. I serve a God who loves me.

I think that makes me well off...blessed would be a better description.

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I have my health, which was rather 'iffy' over two years ago, so I consider myself well off. Any day I get up and don't hear a lawn mower over my head I consider myself lucky.

As for material wealth? I'm comfortable. I own my home, I'm single and can buy pretty much anything I want and don't have to ask permission.

I don't make mega-millions every year and I don't own my own aircraft (as much as I wish I could afford it), but I get by reasonably well and my bills are paid.

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post #34 of 62 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 10:26 AM
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In general, yes I do. My husband works for the state government here and they've had pay freezes 6 of the last 10 years though so we're getting closer and closer to the "not well off" side of things. My bosses continue to give me small raises so that helps.

Otherwise, we only have two credit cards with any kind of active balance, our cars are all paid off, we have money in retirement programs, deferred comp programs, IRA's and in savings, and our house will be paid off before we choose to retire.

Overall I would say that we are.

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post #35 of 62 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 10:32 AM
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Yupp, I am well off. Some people are a little off. I figure I am a bit farther off than that, well off probably is about right.
...and the number one answer is ^^^^^^ :lol:

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I wouldn't say well off, but the only real debt I have is the truck. I work at this radio station for my "socialization" and fast access to the internet.
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post #37 of 62 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 02:37 PM
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Compared to some, I'd have to say yes, but I struggle to pay bills, wait to buy this and wait a little longer to buy that, juggle this and juggle that, do without this and do without that.
A lot of people have it worse than me, I should be grateful that we have managed to keep our heads above water thru all we've been through and we didn't claim bankruptcy. We put everything into a business and lost it, but we are standing (a little wobbly but still standing).

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Well Im having one of those days when Im quite sure I should have done something else for a living! However particularly when I look at my job and benefits I know I am incredibly lucky. If having a dog is a luxury then I must be really well off. Hopefully by august we should have no mortgage. Since this is the kind of day where I am less then optomistic this thread is good for me. You know like spinach or jogging!

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LOL not at all, if you just look at my own income. My partner makes a very good income, though, so as a household, yes...but we just moved in together in October, so I'm still getting used to that.

I pay all the dog expenses and our finances are largely separate (and we split things like utility bills), though. It's just that he owns his house outright so I have the luxury of not having a monthly housing payment, so suddenly I'm far more well-off than I was before! And I came into the relationship with 4 dogs...

Dogs are a luxury, though. I go without on a lot of things so that I can afford mine. To me, it isn't a hardship...but I drive a 20-year-old truck, I work long hours, I paid more for rent for years and often lived in poor-quality homes just because they'd let me have 4 dogs there (the 5th just came recently for anyone checking this against my sig LOL). I have a savings account for medical emergencies that honestly really would have come in handy sometimes for other things, but I refuse to touch...except said animal medical emergencies. And even that is a luxury if you're talking about actual subsistence-level incomes--been there, done that too!

It's a relatively affordable luxury, though, and most dog owners can easily afford it just by sacrificing something they don't really want anyway (a new car every few years with its corresponding payment, premium cable, that sort of thing), but yeah, it is still a luxury.

Also, with the number of unwanted dogs that my local shelters euthanize weekly, it may be a luxury but I won't judge someone who can't provide for their dog like I can. As long as they take care of its basic needs, that's fine. I've certainly been there as well, and it was still a luxury...but even impoverished people need a little luxury in their lives. During the Great Depression people who could barely eat kept pets and scraped together pennies to go see movies...when you're living a subsistence lifestyle, having someone to love and who loves you (even if it is a dog), or an hour or two of escapism is worth so much.

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EVERYONE in this forum is well off. Just stop looking at the materialistic things in life and REALLY look at what you have compared to what MANY in this world have :P

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