Very few persons who posted here would call themselves rich, and interestingly enough, those who admitted to the least incomes were the most likely to say they felt rich.
One can say that it's not gross income, it's net, but if you make 250K a year and go out and spend it and keep yourself in debt to your eyeballs, you are creating your own "poverty", yanking defeat out of the jaws of victory, so to speak.
Such an income means YOU ARE RICH, and if you don't experience it that way, then shame on you.
WE make about 120K a year for 4, one of them a college student. I have NO debt. no car loan, no mortgage. I live on garage sale furniture and drive 175k miles old car. The cost of living here is very high, one of the highest in the nation.
But, in world terms , I am insanely rich. I am rich compared to my neighbors, I suspect. Yet , up the hill behind us, my income would be slum level, as is my house in comparison to the mansions up there.
I have always been able to afford dental care, thank God.
But in the US? we cannot even conceive of how rich some people are . Their wealth is equal to the GDP of some countries! Compared to that, I am poor.
I am not sure why I asked this, just that I am always shocked when folks with big houses, new cars, vacations overseas, beach houses and private college and such will not say that they are rich. They are and should not try to deny that. If you are someone who struggles to pay the utilities and have something left over to save for some goal, then you don't appreciate rich folks trying to fob themselves off as "just poor lil me".