Can someone please explain what I’m doing wrong?
I make more money than the vast majority of my friends. I don’t make doctor or lawyer money, but I do make experienced software engineer money.
I drive a 7 year-old Subaru station wagon. I haven’t bought a new computer in 5 years. Or TV. The only A/V toy I’ve bought in that time is a $100 DVD player. Nor have I bought any new furniture in that time. I only shop for new clothes a few times a year. I can’t remember the last time I bought a new CD. I don’t eat out more than a couple times a week at most. When I go out on the weekends I don’t drink much, so I don’t rack up huge bar tabs. It takes me months to go through a bottle of scotch. I live in PA because the rent’s cheaper. Occasionally I buy a DVD or video game off of the bargain rack. This past weekend was the first time I’ve shelled out for a plane trip in nearly 4 years.
Yet I barely scrape by from paycheck to paycheck, I have to pay bills late, and my credit card debt steadily accumulates. Somehow, in a country where people who make half what I make live in nice, fully-furnished houses and have home theatre systems, I don’t make enough money to support our modest existance.
What the hell am I doing wrong?!!!