I'd switch income if they really want.
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07-05-2013 12:00 #21
07-05-2013 12:01 #22
If they believe they are in poverty, maybe you should suggest for them to sell their rental property.
But I don’t believe this falls into this class what so ever. People survive on way less.
07-05-2013 12:01 #23Senior Member
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Ok thank you, im not out of touch then because my thoughts were the same as all the pp....it was a strange convo but the person in question is imo extremely hung up about how 'hard' they are doing it....they have mentioned stuff before but this below the poverty line statement is the latest so i thought i must be missing something...i see ppl on benefits with kids living in housing struggling and trying to make ends met each pay...thats poverty in my book...i do think as a pp said they are asset rich but think their cash flow is poor? Now i understand why i got fed up with the convo pretty quick
07-05-2013 12:15 #24
"Living Below the Poverty Line" to me is being unable to provide the necessities for your family- clothes, food, warmth, stable housing etc.
I agree with everyone else- I believe they're living above their means if they believe they are poor- they probably have trouble meeting bills, mortgage, food, clothing etc (but can and DO pay them eventually, whereas those who are truly poor simply cannot)...but they make a VERY decent income and could, if they chose to, cut back in other areas to free up some cash.
I think this person is just naive, more so than anything else.
07-05-2013 12:36 #25-
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I would have responded to her poverty line with something like:
"Poverty? If you want to see what REAL poverty is, go to Africa (or any other Thor world country) and have a look, have a look at how they struggle with no food, no water, living in tin sheds, no toilets and a government that hardly gives a crap about them, much less gives them money. I'm sure they would swap you for your 'poverty' any day"
No, that's not poverty. Far from it. That's living beyond your means, and she has ways of fixing that. Sell the rental, cut back on luxuries.
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07-05-2013 12:39 #26
Def not below the poverty line no.
However hubby and i combined income is $100k ish a year - and i tell you what after mortgage payments, daycare, living exps (none of which are extravegant), insurances, etc etc there is not much left - to the point when the rates come and other big bills we have months of 'struggling' to pay them and me ringing around to the creditors asking for extensions / payment plans etc.
So no, not poverty by a long shot, however just because you have an income of 100k doesnt mean you are off living stress free with no money issues either.
07-05-2013 12:40 #27
No it's not poverty. Not even close. I'd have no time for their pity party and call them on it next time they make that kind of comment. They need to have a look at Kiva and oxfam and see how small amounts of money can change people's lives.
07-05-2013 12:45 #28
You're kidding me right??! How pathetic. That is so insensitive towards all of the people out there who are genuinely struggling day to day.
That is far far far from the poverty line. Poverty is not being able to afford the essentials- food, water, heating and a roof over your families head.
Tell them to sell their investment property and drop all of their unnecessary expenditure.
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07-05-2013 12:51 #29
Gosh I would have been tempted to slap them in the face for such a stupid remark! We earn less then half of that combined and have no property! Tell them to sell 1 of their properties if they are so poor!
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