BuddyliciousFeatured By OwnerNov 17, 2015Hobbyist Photographer
Where is the option for something in between middle class and struggling (poor)..... So many people can make so much more money now and still be struggling as it becomes more and more difficult to not be in debt to SOMEONE for something that you just HAVE to have to live. It's ridiculous that we have to buy things that should be an unalienable right to have. We can't even drink water, hunt or fish without having to pay someone.
While I DID vote as "Struggling", it's not because of laziness or unemployment. I just live check to check. As far as I'm concerned, I don't really care about money as long as I can pay for what I need to (rent, phone, insurance, car/gas) and have a small amount left over for whatever. As a Dudeist priest, I live a life of minimalism and laziness, while, at the same time, avoiding being a mooching gold-bricker.
In short, I don't need money for $100 jeans or $200+ monthly car payments. I work and live within my means and enjoy it even if it does end up being a pain now and again.
Struggling doesn't mean bum, unemployed, or in debt. I am disabled. I don't bring in anymore than lower class, but I also don't live above my needs. When you are low income you really learn the difference between need and want, and many don't really understand what a need is and a want.
I went middle, but, middle isn't what it used to be. Two car owner, but one or the other in need of repair. 1600 sq.ft.home, the bank owns more then me. Never a real vacation, just day trips to DC or NYC. Not complaining, just saying. I'm employed, healthy, dry and eating regular.
I don't think I qualify for middle class, I just don't have the income. I don't have a car, television, smartphone; I don't own the place I live in, and it is one of the less sought after parts of town. But I'm not in any great debt (because I avoid it as much as I can), nor do I have trouble making ends meet, paying my dentist, bills, bicycle repairs; and I don't worry about my finances (except around Christmas sometimes). So I'm not struggling, either.