This is why high schools should teach basic, real world, economic skills.
@Maeve Stop making assumptions about people's economic status based off your projections. I happen to be squarely in my "making-much-money" stage. I'm not telling the author to "shut up" and it has nothing to do with whether life is better or not when you start making money. Again, it has to do with addressing privilege, which apparently is "too politically correct" for some people to recognize as important. This is why economic issues in our country are so deeply fucked up.
@Maeve It's not about addressing "issues on a global scale." Rather, recognizing privilege. That doesn't mean that the article isn't relatable, but just because you identify with it doesn't mean a) it's not insensitive, and b) that commenters were "mad at" her for being in a difference place. It's not the location, it's the awareness of where that location is in relation to others. The whole point of the BIllfold is not to take tall tales at their face, and the "you'll grow out of poverty" myth is applicable only to a small segment of society. That bears noting in any article.
Would have liked to see more discussion of how poverty is something that many people, due to lack of access to education among many other factors, are forced to live with forever. They can't grow out of it like you and your husband. There's just something about "living off of beans and rice for a week ruled" that's incredibly irritating when you consider how many people live, and will live, forever like that.