Q: our parents grew up in much better world than we did??
A: Let’s see here… Jim Crow, Cold War, MadMen… No, no, I don’t think so. (And for my father: great depression, Nazi bombings…)
Q: what kind of husband is an engineer
A: The best kind
Q: why mr money mustache sucks
A: Because he has a limited viewpoint and his life doesn’t resemble yours? Possibly because you have different values and different circumstances?
Q: why don’t i agree with laura vanderkam
A: Because she has a limited viewpoint and her life doesn’t resemble yours? Possibly you work outside the house for the Man and have a scheduled work environment and your spouse doesn’t make a hefty six-figure salary?
Q: how do people not become miserable in an environment of misery
A: Resilience of spirit?
Q: is tiaa-cref a rip off?
A: not usually
Q: why do people deliberately try to make things hard to understand?
A: Because it makes them seem smarter to people who don’t know any better.
Q: how to live on a 600k inheritance
A: Choice 1: move to my husband’s hometown, buy a small house with a nice plot of land to garden on, learn to can, spend very little money. Choice 2: Keep your dayjob and put that money in a target-date fund or in a mix of stocks and bonds.
Q: monthly allowance for upper-middle class
A: This is going to vary a lot and it’s going to depend on what you use it for. If, for example, all of your eating out budget comes from it, then you’ll need a different amount than if none of your meals come out of it. If you’re just looking for a number, DH has $35/week and gets $350 at each of Christmas and his birthday.
Q: why does my gifted son need so much more sleep
A: Luck? Maybe he’s getting challenged enough. Or maybe he’s growing. Or maybe he’s missing some kind of vitamin.