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View Poll Results: Are you better off now in 2019 than you were back in 2009?
Yes, I'm better off 212 80.00%
No. I'm worse off. 34 12.83%
I'm about the same. 19 7.17%
Voters: 265. You may not vote on this poll

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Old Yesterday, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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Originally Posted by Adhom View Post
So basically you're making $236,360.40 - $257,324.76. Yeah I don't think you'll get much sympathy from the C-D crowd or anywhere for that matter if you are still struggling.

https://dqydj.com/united-states-hous...s-percentiles/
that is across all households not adjusted for household size of 1 which is what I am.

this is a better chart for individual incomes (household size 1):

https://dqydj.com/united-states-inco...s-percentiles/

incomes in the range $153k-170k are in the 95th percentile... and I did not say I was struggling, but it was hard to get ahead in a HCOL area.
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Old Today, 09:43 AM
 
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Yes, better off. I retired and moved to a cheaper state to live, I am a California refugee. Cost of living is much much cheaper, way more freedom, no stupid nanny laws, no homeless scum or welfare leeches. I outright own my place, no mortgage. My pension pays for my medical. All my vehicles are paid off, the insurance on them is my biggest ongoing expense now. I think Iím good.
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Old Today, 04:32 PM
 
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Yes, much better.

Income not much higher, but net worth has more than tripled.

Get as much wage and salary income as you can, but convert as much of it as you can to investment income as fast as you can. Wages and salaries are not where it's at for most of us.
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Old Today, 04:41 PM
 
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Monetarily, yes.

In terms of where I want to be in terms of getting meaningful things in life done with another 10 years down the drain?

Well...
Same for me.

Being financially better off is great. But it's not enough.
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