McDonald's makes me able to shit through a screen door at 10 paces but caring or even thinking about this kind of makes you a precious dandy. Just shut the fuck up and choke down whatever slops they throw in your trough.
@jason That sounds eminently more sensible than fleeing in the night to sell trinkets on the beach in Honduras or realizing the dream of robbing a Brinks truck. I'm sure your fiancee agrees. Be careful not to let your joint income push up your minimum payment amount on that IBR.
@LibLady88 I wish I were so fearless! No I come from a family where nobody went to college, so I did business and law. It was my choice to go to schools I couldn't afford and if the world is going to indenture me to a life of serfdom for my vague ambitions of social mobility, that's the brakes. I'd rather eat scraps from the masters' table than starve in the fields. I guess really the only pity of it is that I would be a very productive spender with some more disposable income, far more productive than the faceless government-backed banking system that demands my payments. It would be cool to be an adult with a house and a family someday. Plus I have great taste (for the most part).
I have over $200,000. This is how it affects me: I will never own anything, ever. I still think it was probably worth it though.
You overlooked the additional factor that bill denominations used to go all the way up to $10,000 (I'm not counting the $100,000 bill because it was only used for Treasury transfers). The government could issue larger denominations to keep up with inflation, but it will not because physical currency is much more difficult to control than electronic cash.