“Middle class” is a common term spoken by news pundits, politicians, and that annoying friend of yours who likes to debate politics at dinner parties. While a lot of people like to bloviate about the middle class, there’s no hard set definition for what middle class means. In fact, not a lot of economists know exactly how to define it. There are some ranges we can point to though. For example, a three-person household would be considered middle class if they earned $45,200 to $135,600 a year (per Pew Research). Of course, there’s a lot more to that range than meets the eye. Let’s take a peek behind the numbers and see where you fall. What is middle class? Middle class refers to a social and economic class in America. I’ll say that again: Middle class refers to a social and economic class in America. That’s because middle class can encompass much more than just how much you earn each year. Some sociologists believe that the middle class is as much a state of mind as it is how much you earn. Christine L. Owens, the executive director of the employment advocacy firm National Employment Law Project, says, “I would consider middle [...]
Have you ever met someone who’s told you, “Traveling to experience different foods, sights, cultures, and people? Ew, no.” Me neither.
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That single conversation is too important for you to just blindly [...]
Chocolate can help you lose weight.
No, seriously. It can. Or at least that’s what Charles Duhigg, habit expert and author of The Power of Habit, says:
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So you’ve crafted a winning resume …
… written an amazing cover letter …
… and you might have gotten a little ahead of yourself and started clearing out your desk.
Your hard work has paid [...]
If you had an extra hour in your day, what would you do with it?
Pick up a new hobby?
Learn a new language?
Find new ways to make money?
What if you had two extra hours, or even three? What would you [...]
Imagine a dozen dominoes lined up in a row. Push the first domino and what happens? They all fall down.
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If you want to learn how to give advice that people actually listen to, there are two things you can do:
Empathize with the person — and not act like an emotionless robot.
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Going out for meals and to bars
Paying utility bills or rent
Filling up your car with gas
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I’ve talked about the 401k a few times before.
[cue montage of every single time I scream at you to get a 401k]
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Insecurity is fascinating.
We hide it.
We beat ourselves up for it.
And to top it off, it seems like we’re the only ones who ever feel it.
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What stock should I buy?
When do I sell?
I’ve covered the first question before (check out my article all about stocks and bonds). That’s w [...]
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These strategies are the [...]
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