How do you stay happy when you're broke?
May 30, 2013 11:11 PM Subscribe
I'm a student nearing graduation. I'm in debt, I work full time during the summer but I barely make any money. I'm totally broke and I don't see that changing in the near future because the job market for my degree sucks. I'm trying to save but I keep reaching barriers. And then everyone around me has it so much easier, and I'm just so tired and unhappy.
posted by madsy to Work & Money (41 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
To be clear, my question isn't, "How do I find free activities?"
I'm at a point in my life where I'm starting to really worry about my finances. I come from a well-to-do area so all my friends have parents helping them out but my parents are divorced and both can't/refuse to help and often insist that I give them money. Every paycheck, they're taking about 40% which makes it difficult to save.
As a result, I'm feeling really depressed. I feel like I'm working so hard. I'm taking everyone's shifts, I'm working six days a week and I'm working two jobs and still looking for another. Yet, I don't see any rewards because I only have like 30 dollars in the bank after being paid. I'm really, really trying to save up and not be broke and I want to go to school and travel and do all these things, but I'm having a really hard time with my family taking a large chunk of my money and then bills taking the rest.
And then all my friends have no idea what it is like so I can't relate to them about this. In fact, I'm often bitter that their parents pay for their tuition and that all the money they make from their jobs is essentially spending money - not money for survival.
I'm poor and it sucks. I feel like I'm going to be poor forever which makes me even more miserable. I've tried the whole working hard thing, but I'm still poor. I don't want to barely scrape by in life - that isn't a life that I want to live. How do I keep my spirits up even though I have no money?
I know money isn't everything but all the things that I want will require money. I want to travel. I want to continue school. I want to live in a comfortable place. I want to eat well. These all require money and I don't have any.