I won't disagree that you can have the time of your life while broke. But this article seemed really flip, like poverty is a wacky thing you do for a while but then when you (necessarily ) get rich, you miss it. Man I'm so bummed out right now.
@Amanda Webber@facebook Yep, Columbus rules. Our Vic Village 2 bedroom is $750. I mean!
My unhelpful advice is to move to a happening midwestern city (they exist) and live like a king on $20/hr! Rent a two bedroom in a cool and walkable neighborhood with a yard and a basement! Take international trips every year!
Let us defer to Dolly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFO2qxVGRMQ
Though I've fantasized about it plenty, in the moment I've never come up with a "f-you exit" that didn't just make ME seem petty and small. Also, the world is small. The human scum that owned the restaurant where I worked in college became a client of the microfinance nonprofit where I had my first "real" job. I was glad to be able to be coolly cordial with him years later. Because I had initially planned to ohhh I don't know, set his car on fire?
I have never once purchased a sandwich at home.
@VolcanoMouse You sound just like me. A right wing policy institute in my state created a searchable online database of salaries for state, local, higher ed. employees. Knowing that the my parents' public employee salaries are but a few clicks away makes me really anxious for some reason? I've still never checked it.
My folks always used non-specific language when discussing money. Things that were too expensive were "not a good value", not "we can't afford that". I had a very abstract relationship with money until just a few years ago, likely because of that. I would never check my statements, hope things were fine, sometimes they were and sometimes they weren't. It didn't help that I was a waitress all through college and got paid mostly in cash. I had some cash in my wallet, some in my nightstand, some got deposited in the bank. I couldn't guess my weekly income though. Oy. My mother-in-law talks very openly about money. She asks how much we spent on things like plane tickets, for example, and discusses the monthly rent and utility bills of their seasonal condo in Florida. It used to make me uncomfortable because my family was so discrete about that stuff. I am not sure my parents were doing me any favors in that department. Occasionally my mom ends a phone call with "and save your money!" but that's it.
@Mirch No kidding. I was 23 and promised "connections".
You are good at leisure! (High praise from me.)