You’re Not Alone

StressedI’m going to assume that if you’re reading this blog, you struggle from time to time with managing your finances. You probably find it hard to pay bills or put food on the table due to a low income or because you’re unable to pay off your excessive debt. Either way, no matter what your financial detriment, it’s tough to deal with. Believe me, I know.

What’s worse is the fact that we live in a society where we are constantly exposed to those more fortunate than us. You can’t turn on the TV or read the news without seeing something about some multibillionaire or lucky mega million lottery winner. Must be nice, right? It’s not a great feeling knowing that the person in front of you on the highway in the Mercedes is living pretty while you struggled to get enough gas in your tank to make into work for the day. And it doesn’t matter how the driver of the Mercedes got to where she is today; the level of envy is still the same.

Where you live can also intensify that feeling of envy. I live in the Las Vegas area and have worked in the casino industry. Every day I would be exposed to folks who would lose the equivalent of my entire year’s salary or more in one trip to Las Vegas. If that’s not enough to make you feel like you’re on the lowest end of the monetary totem pole, I don’t know what is.

But aside from that person in the snazzy car or the instant millionaire lottery winner you heard about on the news, you should know that there are plenty of other folks which are struggling financially, just like you. Here are some interesting statistics to prove it:

  • The average per person income in the United States is only $33,070.30 (
  • The weighted average per person income worldwide is approximately only $5,737.28 (!
  • 43% of American households spend more than their income each year (MSN Money).
  • The average amount of credit card debt per person is almost $4,000 (Index Credit Cards).

What does this all mean? Well, in short (and here comes the corny title tie-in), you’re not alone. What’s more, there are numerous resources, forums, and blogs out there. Take advantage of them and don’t let yourself feel alone in your struggle any longer.

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