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  • I hate money! (money is the root of all evil)

    4 10.00%
  • I am a socialist

    8 20.00%
  • apathetic

    12 30.00%
  • I don't know much about money, but would like to learn more

    2 5.00%
  • I understand how the economy and the financial system works completely

    7 17.50%
  • YEA GREED!!

    7 17.50%
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  1. #11
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    Oh yeah, more to contribute!

    We grew up pretty damn poor, wondering where Christmas was gonna come from, sometimes where our meals were going to come from.. and all of that business. You get the picture.

    My dad's pretty spontaneous and not the best at managing day-to-day finances, and my mom keeps that in check. When we were poor, my mom whipped my dad into shape, got us scrimping and saving, using coupons, and so on. Thankfully, my family transcended our "poor" situation and ended up decently well off. As a result of our experiences, all of us kids learned to work for our keep and to live simply, and so we're in pretty good shape.

    My mom still gets a kick out of saving money. When I come over to visit, she'll regale me with endless stories of how she used such-and-such combination of coupons and sales to get an item for free. With a great deal of enthusiasm, she'll tell me how much she saved on her grocery bills.

    She lights up when she tells me these stories. Power to her--she gets a charge out of figuring out how to save money!

    But she's still stuck in a mode where she will not use money to contribute to her own happiness. She doesn't like the house she lives in and wants a house with a garden and other amenities--she's wanted that for years. She now has the kind of money that would afford her the opportunity to do what she wants to do, but she simply will not spend the money to make it happen.

    "The number of dollars you have" is a positive metric, and it's mostly quantifiable. Like all positive metrics, it's good for it to be high. But, yeah, not at the expense of the things that actually matter. Like happiness and peace of mind.

    Your money should serve you, not the other way around.

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    Wow Mister_Eyebrows, that's a nice story. I wish I was a bit better with money. I'm fairly good at earning it, but waaaay better in spending it.
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    I love money but I'm a socialist so I voted that.

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    Money is a tool.

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    I know money can't buy happiness, but I will just say that though we are only working class now, I can't really think of one thing I miss about being poor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by disregard View Post
    I'm not sure I would be so happy if money were given to me and I did not have to toil away the hours doing something laborious for it. It wouldn't have the same taste.
    It doesn't. I have worked for money and I have been given money. Having money doesn't make you any more happier or any less miserable, it only takes away one part of the misery not having money would bring to the equation. Working for it adds so much more to the experience and you can see money as a reward. However, this only works if you feel that the amount/satisfaction you get for working actually matches or tops, in your estimate, the amount of effort put into obtaining it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky is BLUE! View Post
    Apathetic. I am only interested in having enough money to support my needs and that the economy is in good shape all around the world. The latter supports the former, so everybody's happy, but you won't see me wringing my arms and pulling my hair if things go sour for a while. I'd prefer that there were no more nasty hiccups like the last one. At least not for another 7-10 years, please.
    Same here. I worry if I don't have it but once I have more than I really need I just don't care about it anymore. Money, whatever.

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    I no longer go out of my way to make more money that I need. It's just a means to an end, but I will say this. My life would be a lot easier and I would be able to actually pursue the things that I enjoy if I had more than the very small amount I currently make. It's very difficult for me to care about money whenever I don't have any real goal. That's probably why I make less than 1k/month, though .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky is BLUE! View Post
    It doesn't. I have worked for money and I have been given money. Having money doesn't make you any more happier or any less miserable, it only takes away one part of the misery not having money would bring to the equation. Working for it adds so much to the experience and you can see money as a reward. However, this only works if you feel that the amount/satisfaction you get for working actually matches or tops, in your estimate, the amount of effort put into obtaining it.
    I, too, know it doesn't. I misspoke.

    When given things, the focus shifts to "why not more? why not something better?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by disregard View Post
    I, too, know it doesn't. I misspoke.

    When given things, the focus shifts to "why not more? why not something better?"
    Ha, ok, yes, that too.

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