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Starting Out on Being Open

May 4th, 2009 at 10:36 am

Money is something that I love to talk about. Money is also something that I feel consumes a large part of my personality. I have friends that I can discuss money issues with, and friends for whom the topic is a bit touchy and I don't feel comfy having those types of conversations with.

I grew up very poor---eating in soup kitchens, government cheese, finding that a mouse had bitten its way into my desired jar of peanut butter, and loving the $3.50 rice plates. Yes, beef and broccoli was usually my favorite pick.

Now I make a middle class income, and live in an expensive city where some people don't think my income is so middle class. Frown

I grew up not having much and being constantly ridiculed for it. This led me to become very anti-label and anti-pricey items. I would prefer to spend money on a plane ticket than a designer bag. I wear my jeans until there are holes in them, and while I love technology, I am still using a cell phone that is 2 years old.

Money shapes how I am feeling---when I have a lot of savings, I am very happy and content, even if I have debt. When I don't have a lot of savings, I am more worried and anxious. I am working on overcoming how my money situation affects me as I know it isn't the best.

Right now I am working on paying off my debt....I anticipate having all of my debt paid off in under 3 years.

I totally heart traveling, and without adequate savings, I just can't justify going on any trips at this time. So, my urge to see the world is stifled a bit.

I really appreciate this type of blog because I think that money is one of those things that people cannot always talk openly about. On here, I can gripe and smile and be open about how I am feeling and hopeful that people may have simimar concerns or understandings.

6 Responses to “Starting Out on Being Open”

  1. KellyB Says:

    Welcome to our world! We look forward to hearing about your journey.

  2. CouponAddict Says:

    Welcome, I too can realate to your growing up poor, and so needing the savings safety net.

    Welcome to the blogs!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Welcome! Yep, talk away about money...we'd be glad to listen.

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Welcome. Who turned out the lights?

  5. Petunia Says:

    Welcome - it's nice to meet you.

  6. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    New blog: Way cool! White text on white background in the comments section: Way stealthy!

    At seven years old, my cell phone is your cell phone's big sister. Oh geeze, she is big and chunky, too. Wink Yours is probably slim and petite.

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