By navigateher on On Being Rich
@klemay But I don't think she was asking everyone to feel sorry for her, or that she didn't recognize her privilege? I think she wrote a lot about not flaunting her money around her not so privileged friends, and feelings of not deserving her wealth, too. It's just a fact that being rich can make things weird for you (although I wouldn't say I was actually rich growing up, more like well-off I think?), and saying it out loud should not be a shame. This article was about that weirdness. I don't think talking about negative feelings equals trying to make people feel sorry for you. Maybe I'm just frustrated because to me, it feels like every time someone talks about this, there are so many people telling "you should be more grateful / stop whining / donate / volunteer / be more sensitive towards people with less money / etc.", but just because all that wasn't mentioned right here right this second it doesn't mean the person is not doing all those things. They're just not what the particular article was about.
This probably means she was underpaid 25% or more all along, and is now making closer to what she should have been making in the first place.
Why do people aggressively pay down super-low-interest student loans? I'll never understand it. The CPI increase last year was like 3.2%, so assuming you have some positive personal discount rate -- i.e. you value money now more than money 10 years from now -- those loans are basically interest-free.
I am so hoping for a bus-related Billfold post, IE... -People On This Bus: How Much Money Did You Spend Today -People On This Bus: Where Did Your Last 100 Bucks Go -People On This Bus: Let's Sing Along to ABBA's Money Money Money