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$40,000 in debt coming out of college a couple years ago, and unable to find any full time work in the career I had chosen. Worked part time in my field, spent very little outside of necessary things. Still not where I want to be, but the debt is almost gone.



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VitaminZ said:
$40,000 in debt coming out of college a couple years ago, and unable to find any full time work in the career I had chosen. Worked part time in my field, spent very little outside of necessary things. Still not where I want to be, but the debt is almost gone.

That's me in  6 months :). Least I get a degree eh.



When I moved to another city. Had to ask my father for some money cause my old landlord wasn't willing to pay back my security deposit in time for the new apartment.
So he owed me money and I owed my dad, so I was technically never in debt in my life.



vivster said:

A great teacher of mine once told me that whatever you write in parentheses isn't important enough to be written at all. And if it is important, it shouldn't be in parentheses. Helped me a lot to clean up my writing style.

Well I disagree with your teacher, as would my own teachers that I had through school lol, I was always told to use them if I needed/wanted to add side notes into my text, something that would be optional to whoever was reading it... although honestly my writing style has gone all over the place over the years and I don't even know where I am with it, I sort of drift off into something else so what I end up with is a paragraph of nonsense, lol. 



d21lewis said:

You're a lucky and blessed man. Some people have no option but to struggle and owe money. Unfortunately, everyone can't be at the top of the food chain.

Luck and blessing played no part in it, my family was poor, i just got off my ass and grafted, paper round and yard work till old enough to work, then full time night job while going through college and university (to pay for college and university).
At one point running two jobs in chain because the initial job switched from full time to part time.

Trouble is most people these days think they're owed something just for existing, and don't have the drive to get off their backsides and work for what they want.



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I had to hide my car in a nearby neighborhood so it wouldn't be repossessed. Literally had to eat ramen noodles and other cheap food for a few months in the winter of 2002.



eh for me I have to go back to when I was a kid (ya you said not when you were a wee lad).

When I was 8 we were evicted from our home and our church let us live on the premises. Granted as an 8 year old this was pretty cool. We had a gym and playground at our disposal. As an adult I realize how desperate we really were.



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2006 was bad for me after mortgage crash. Took me 7 months to find job. After I found work everything was ok again but life is very stressful when your unemployed.



2007 crash, made redundant, had no money left, joined the army. Get decently payed now.



NATO said:
d21lewis said:

You're a lucky and blessed man. Some people have no option but to struggle and owe money. Unfortunately, everyone can't be at the top of the food chain.

Luck and blessing played no part in it, my family was poor, i just got off my ass and grafted, paper round and yard work till old enough to work, then full time night job while going through college and university (to pay for college and university).
At one point running two jobs in chain because the initial job switched from full time to part time.

Trouble is most people these days think they're owed something just for existing, and don't have the drive to get off their backsides and work for what they want.

Everybody should do what you did, then.

-The person looking for a job but can't find one because of where they were born

-The people who worked at a lucrative place for decades only to have it go out of business because the market changed

-The person who tried very hard in school but just barely passed

 

They should all do what you did instead of making bad decisions. Every person in retail, fast food, making minimum wage--they should all have made better decisions and quit feeling like they were owed something.

 

Hey, I feel you man. My family was extremely poor growing up. Now, I have two sisters that are teachers, one who is a nurse, and I work at a nuclear power plant. Virtually no debt, great credit score, my own land with my own house, etc. Alot of things feel into place and luck even played a part in it. I worked two full time jobs, as well. There are people who were way more motivated than me doing a lot worse than I am. It's just the way the world is. I don't regret or feel guilty about being successful.

 

I'm still blessed and lucky, though. Doesn't mean anything was handed to me. When I see people struggling, I think "That could have been me." or "That used to be me."



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