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Show Of Hands February 21st, 2013 3:15pm

Is your standard of living higher than that of your parents when they were your age?

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taximom Boise
02/22/13 12:41 pm

My parents lost their business when they were my age, and things got very tight financially for them. I have vastly more financial assets than they did at my age. (Note: they started a new business, and today have a standard of living far beyond mine. So happy for them!)

gtgconfused
02/22/13 3:54 am

Yeah, his one hour tasks could stretch into months. Mama didn't appreciate it, but we kids got a lot of laughs.

ziplock
02/22/13 1:36 am

I own my own TV set, free and clear.

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susanr Colorado
02/21/13 11:19 pm

..happiness & satisfaction - which matters a lot more to me - I'd say about equal.

susanr Colorado
02/21/13 11:17 pm

Monetarily, my parents were much better off than I am. At 66 my dad had a 2nd-career job he loved, they had 2 cars & a house they owned outright, the ability to travel when they wanted. I have no job, no car (by choice, but it would be hard to afford), don't own a house. In terms of general..

AnnieM The Island
02/21/13 10:13 pm

can't imagine how much harder that kind of thing is when it's your biological parent or the only parent you've known or something like that. I'm sorry,

AnnieM The Island
02/21/13 10:12 pm

Hey! If I were comparing my life now to my ex-step-morther's at my age, then I'd say the same thing.
There's a reason she's my EX-step-mom. Dad told her to pick between the drugs or us (they were trying to get full custody of me) and she chose the drugs.

peacefullife Land of Moss
02/21/13 9:28 pm

I was around when my parents were my age... My car is paid off, i have a mortgage, a savings account, and $0 in debt. Yes, I feel my SOL is better. My mom would say no because I shop at thrift shops and don't do salons...

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
02/21/13 9:23 pm

Babies are absolutely amazing boy do you get tired with them not of him but they make you just exhausted. I take care of a three and five-year-old a lot. The other day she told me that she told herself when she ate lunch if she could have more jellybeans. She had some I told her that was one of us

AnnieM The Island
02/21/13 9:20 pm

You're pretty fantastic, too, by the way, Tops. :)

AnnieM The Island
02/21/13 9:20 pm

I don't want my 20's back (okay, well, maybe I'd re-visit some of the highlights of my son's baby year if I could) and I'm cautiously optimistic and hopeful that my 30s will be better.

AnnieM The Island
02/21/13 9:20 pm

There were large chunks of it that stunk ;) There are benefits to being on your own & being "free" (emotionally speaking, definitely not financially, lol!) but I sure do like having a partner that's got my back through life's ups & downs a lot more than being "free." …

AnnieM The Island
02/21/13 9:18 pm

Aww, thanks. ☺
I honestly had to read the question & my answer a couple of times just now to make sure I hadn't gotten anything backwards or confused or anything. Im running on not much sleep so I was sure it was my error. Lol.
And I'm glad I'm not 20 any more. …

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
02/21/13 9:06 pm

Yes I miss read but I regret it I understood I still think you're pretty awesome lady.

AnnieM The Island
02/21/13 9:02 pm

standard of living that we'll ever see in our whole lives.
Did that make sense? It's kind of hard to word.

AnnieM The Island
02/21/13 9:02 pm

financially.*
Now, at 30, I'm in a better place than they were at 30-ish.
Neither one of them has ever gotten back to the financial status they had together in their early-20's or that my dad had in his late-20's. I'm hoping that my little family and I have not yet hit the highest peak in our…

AnnieM The Island
02/21/13 9:01 pm

I was saying when I was in my early 20's their standard of living was higher than mine when I was in my early and mid-20's (a lot higher, in fact) but around the time they were 30 both my parents were divorced & the divorce combined with the economy at the time meant they both took a huge hit financ

AnnieM The Island
02/21/13 8:55 pm

No, no, I'm 30. Just turned 30, in fact. ;)

Sakura-chan Reading and Writing.
02/21/13 8:32 pm

I think a more proper term is "nomad"

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8ESBABY Houston
02/21/13 7:34 pm

No, it's the same. Got my worth ethics from mom. =)

8ESBABY Houston
02/21/13 7:32 pm

HA! I'm sorry, that's funny.

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Lumineer
02/21/13 7:07 pm

My mom's family didn't have much money, and I believe my father's family was a solid middle class. So yes and no.

deathvalley Chicago native
02/21/13 7:01 pm

I'm gonna say no... My parents were married, owned a house and I was already born (at my same age)

I don't have any of those =\

ncbuc Get Over It
02/21/13 6:57 pm

To avoid a VERY long story. Particularly dad. Both fled unhappy upbringings to slums of Brooklyn. met. Learn english. Work their tails off. Have 2. Move to FL. Work their tails off more. Raise 2 kids & buy a home. Separate, but never divorce (over 40 years). Higher std...yes. equal effort...never.

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Montego En Route
02/21/13 5:39 pm

My mom, yes. My father, no. He grew up in the Middle East with servants around him at all times.

EarlyBird Portland
02/21/13 5:39 pm

The map is the exact opposite of what I expected. I'm truly inspired by so many people that overcame humble beginnings and have achieved so much!
These comments are great!

Rinnick Deployed, Be Back Soon
02/21/13 5:36 pm

Two words: Internet Porn

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KatG Liberal in Ohio
02/21/13 5:03 pm

Definitely. We were very poor when I was growing up. They worked but didn't make much. We never had anything "new". I own my home, have a nice car, kids are well provided for, etc. we also have a great retirement plan which my folks didn't have.

avril89lavigne RVa
02/21/13 5:03 pm

We're mostly saying yes... It's gotta be Obama's fault.

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longhorn1 Kindocologist Hater
02/21/13 4:45 pm

That's not really true, I would rather get tossed around like a sock monkey in prison then live in Oklahoma.

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kindocologist Beer is my friend
02/21/13 4:33 pm

I think so. Livelihood in Oklahoma is bad, but it has to be at least a little better than a prison cell.

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Ariella LovePeaceNHappiness
02/21/13 4:21 pm

I am a small business owner. They just knew I was going to follow in my fathers footsteps and join the Air Force.

c2alife Long Island
02/21/13 4:12 pm

No debt... That's awesome! Good for you!

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c2alife Long Island
02/21/13 4:11 pm

What are you? What did they want you to be?

gtgconfused
02/21/13 3:17 pm

My dad had already retired and became a professional procrastinator.

RebeccaIsAWeirdo
02/21/13 3:15 pm

When my parents were my age boredom existed, and now apps like this and the Internet exist

mama3
02/21/13 2:50 pm

Yup. Then again you can't really compare the late 70s to now. Technology was nowhere near what it is today. I'm sure my parents would have found a way to go broke trying to afford the latest gadget.

mama3
02/21/13 2:49 pm

Sorry I laughed at that but it made me chuckle. I can kinda relate.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
02/21/13 2:36 pm

Quinnipiac most of the people I know today are pretty happy with what they have and don't sweat the things they don't have either. My parents are an example of how a middle-class family today is better off than a similar family 25 years ago. Remember what it used to cost to fly commercial? Crazy.

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longhorn1 Kindocologist Hater
02/21/13 2:24 pm

Yes, but then again I don't have a nasty coke habit.

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Quinnipiac Here
02/21/13 2:23 pm

But I bet they didn't sweat the things they didn't have like we do nowadays.

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Quinnipiac Here
02/21/13 2:21 pm

Access to pornog - 1970s: a half hour to dress and drive to closest skeevy movie theater (think date scene in Taxi Driver). 2010s: approx. 3 seconds.

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readhp1008 Hogwarts
02/21/13 2:14 pm

I keep a thing in my pocket that in mere seconds can help me find information and help me communicate with anybody around the globe. I would have to say yes.

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Dave1212
02/21/13 1:59 pm

Any kid under 21 with an apple or android product answering this question should answer yes

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izak81 Indiana
02/21/13 1:08 pm

Oh no not at all I love farms and farmers! I was just saying how back in my parents farm area they wouldn't have even imagined some of the technology we have today. Im not trying to offend farmers at all! Farm=good city=good

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huskermedic Cincinnati
02/21/13 1:04 pm

It is higher because my wife and I have been smart with money from the start.

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