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Old 03-30-2014, 08:43 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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I'd add more traits to upper middle class:

Does not live in a house with any plywood or drywall in the framing of the house. Skip sheathing and lath/plaster all the way.

Really?

No domestic beer such as Bud, Miller Lite, etc.

No tobacco of any kind, pipe tobacco excepted.

No pitbulls

No more than 5 dental fillings per adult

I don't think it's the number of fillings that defines the upper middle class. It's the orthodontia.
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:13 PM
 
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Most of the things on this list are just about people who are intellectually curious. Valuing education. Appreciation for the arts and childhood development. Reading books for fun. Knowing about good food. Most of these things apply to me and I'm nowhere near upper anything. It's not so much a class distinction as simply not being an ignorant hillbilly.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:19 AM
 
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15,17,25 is all i got

lol

i already make more $ now at 24 than both of my parents made at the height of their careers.

i would have more things on that list, but i am too busy working.
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Old 05-17-2014, 04:29 PM
 
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A single mother can still be upper middle class if they have a high-paying law or corporate job or if the inherited assets are there to make up for the loss of a stable male presence in the household. All single mothers tend to be unfairly painted with the same brush as struggling Associate Degree holders on welfare. Working and lower middle class couples aren't the only ones that get divorced people.
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Old 05-18-2014, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Metro NYC
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#14 does not hold in the tony suburbs of Detroit such as Farmington Hills; American cars are de riguer for obvious reasons.
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Old 05-18-2014, 07:29 AM
 
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I'd add more traits to upper middle class:

Does not live in a house with any plywood or drywall in the framing of the house. Skip sheathing and lath/plaster all the way.

No domestic beer such as Bud, Miller Lite, etc.

No tobacco of any kind, pipe tobacco excepted.

No pitbulls

No more than 5 dental fillings per adult
Plaster is awful.
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Old 05-18-2014, 07:37 AM
 
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You are upper middle class if you pay more in taxes than the median income in the US. You are also probably upper middle class if your taxes and savings are the majority of your monthly expenses
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Metro NYC
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#26. Ticking off every item in this list while proclaiming you are not upper middle class.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Portal to the Pacific
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You are upper middle class if you pay more in taxes than the median income in the US. You are also probably upper middle class if your taxes and savings are the majority of your monthly expenses
huh... never thought about it like that... but I would agree.. although I'm not sure if I would classify savings as "expenses", but I think I get what you are saying: taxes and savings is where most of the money goes each month.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:38 AM
 
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huh... never thought about it like that... but I would agree.. although I'm not sure if I would classify savings as "expenses", but I think I get what you are saying: taxes and savings is where most of the money goes each month.
I treat it as an expense and it's the first on that gets paid every payday. All other expenses are secondary in my mind because my retirement bill/financial security should be my biggest priority
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