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        08-15-2012, 11:47 AM
      #41
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    If you add up what we own in the way of land, machinery, and especially the crop in the ground, then we could be classed as rich, but BUT BUT, we have to get that crop to ripeness and safely in the bin before I can count that.
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    We used to have a saying for this in Australia.

    Dirt rich but, money poor.
         
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        08-16-2012, 09:53 PM
      #42
    Yearling
    I'm not completely sure but I think my parents (together) make about $80,000 in a year, give or take depending on how much overtime they get and such. I'd classify us as middle class. None of us wear designer clothing, we've never gone on vacation, nothing like that. However, we can buy some "extras" like my riding lessons. Sometimes I wish they made more, but you really can't buy happiness. I know the worth of a dollar and that my parents work hard to make us comfortable. When I go to ride Skippy or hang out with my family at a family party, I feel rich.
         
        08-18-2012, 10:36 AM
      #43
    Weanling
    It also depends on how much you owe. If you make $170,000 a year but more then half is spent on bills (mortgage/rent, utilities, cars, student loans, etc.) then most of it is gone by the end of the month and you still can be living paycheck to paycheck.
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        08-19-2012, 04:55 PM
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    Many years ago I took the decission to work with horses. I knew I would never be monetarily wealthy but I would be doing a job I loved.
    I watched friends climb the ladder of success - they were earning five or six times the amount I was getting. They had weekends off, exotic holidays, good houses.

    I too climbed the ladder and although I earned enough I was always way behind them. The big difference was that I was happy with my work even if it was often 24/7. They on the other hand wanted a new car every other year, bigger homes, new furniture and carpets. All of which I was told 'This cost ...' Many never had children because they would ruin the ideal life they thought they had.
    When out with them I realised just how false their lives were. We had known each other for many years but when I met them in town, if I was in work clothes, it was all they could do to acknowledge me.

    The funny thing was that many people I knew through the horses and fox hunting, were the people that these so called friends wanted to be in with because they were monetarily wealthy. They wanted to be with the 'in crowd' which they could never be.

    Oddly and not bragging, I have met and been to far higher 'do's' than ever they have. I have met some very high powered and interesting people which they never have.
    I have dirt under my fingernails, wear worn and torn clothing. Do not have designer clothes, certainly do not have a new car, new carpets or furniture. I am past retirement age but still enjoying my work.
    I have my animals, my health and enough to get by on.

    Am I rich? - you betcha!
         

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