I agree with Kevin and some of the other posters. I feel for those people who are trying to make it on 46k a year. It can be very difficult. The American Society has had a “keeping up with the Jones” complex for many years now and it seems as if that attitude is crashing down around them. I hate to see it happen. All these people wanted was the “American Dream”. It just so happens that that dream kept getting bigger and more high tech, it continues to do so. People forgot how to live within their means and are now, unfortunately however deserving some think it may be, being slapped with reality. Also, please don’t think that all six figure income homes are filled with arrogant, self serving pricks. My household income is almost 8 times the national average. We donate on a regular basis to a variety of local charities and organizations. We will gladly help anyone who asks in setting up their budget and/or evaluating their financial situation, including giving them tips that we use to hold onto and make money. I live in Texas so property is not as high as in other areas. Where I live at homes can easily reach 3 million plus, however we did not buy a home that expensive. We live in a 400k house, granted its 5 bed/4 bath/6 living/3 dining/ 3 kitchen. We put 75% down and financed the rest for tax purposes. Why stress a fat mortgage payment, outrageous property taxes and home owners dues!?!?!? Just so you can say look at me?!?!?! It makes no sense. Set your budget, live within it. Yes it is nice to have, but there will alway be someone out there with more than you. Look at Chris and his 60′ tv and beer keg making 145k a year. That wouldn’t buy the limoges china, sterling flatware and crystal we eat with. As sure as I say that, there is someone out there with even more expensive utensils than that. I guess the difference is that we would sell everything that we owned and do without if someone in our family needed it. Life is about taking care of and being with the ones that you love, nothing else.
I followed your link and saw that one of the government suggestions for one of their meals was 4 oz of salmon. I wonder where they were able to find salmon at a price that would fit into their thrifty plan. If my figures are correct they allow $ per meal for a man 19 to 50. Of course dinner and lunch would cost more than breakfast probably but the way salmon is priced in the stores in our area there is no way I could feed my family salmon and keep the cost per meal at less than $ per person. So I agree with you, I’d like to know where they do their shopping too.
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