"The general finance mentality is that you don't spend a lot of money during the week, so during the weekend -- the weekends that they are not working -- they like to spend a lot. They want to get a girlfriend or just hook up with girls, and it takes money to go out and meet girls."
Alison (not her real name) is a 27-year-old legal secretary who lives outside of Philadelphia.
I'm a first year attorney at a non-profit legal services organization, in New York.
"So I know that I'm in the top 5 percent of earners. I know I do well. But then when I go to my kid's school, we're probably closer to the bottom 10 percent as far as wealth goes. So I feel really rich sometimes, and other times I feel like: why isn't that me?"
Currently our income does match our needs, and we are able to make a bit of savings. It's all complicated by the fact that both my husband and I are Canadian, and we are currently living in Budapest, Hungary and have been for approximately 4 years.
I’m living in Brisbane, the great Australian city known for its exorbitant public transport fees and terrifically muddy river. I’ve been here since I moved out of my parent’s home at 17, figuring out how to do money—first on a trainee wage, then as a student, and now as a part-time worker.
"I make about $50K a year as a microbiology lab tech and I feel like I'm ready for most emergencies. At the same time, I'm always panicked that I'm one exploded water heater away from ruin and I'll never be able to recoup my investment."
I quit a pretty well-paying job in marketing at the end of April, kind of on a whim. I had about a year's worth of money saved up when I did that.