The expectation is that social people will be the ones with zero savings, loads of debt on BMWs and flashy condos that are rented. None of that has to be true! Buying trendy lofts in the "up and coming" areas of the city, budgeting for partying, automating RRSP contributions, and using your ah-mazing charm and whit can get you ahead in a lucrative career. Popular people can be financially savvy too!
Great Expectations is more than just a book on an English lit syllabus -- it is what most first-year post-secondary students start out with. I know I did. I went into Life Sciences, thinking I'd become a doctor. I had it all mapped out from start to finish, and figured it was a relatively straightforward process to get from A to B. Wrong!
We live in a world where those with various forms of privilege -- gender, racial or monetary -- are dunking on the rest of us all the time. There's no corner of society where those who were lucky enough to be born into a good situation (and let's be real: it's a luck thing) don't reap the benefits. But we try our best to push on and get what we can in our own way. It's life as we know it. Until some guy gets a feature article in reputable magazine in the biggest city in the country just to tell boring-ass stories about how great it is to be rich, and how we should all try it sometime.
Although it sounds unromantic, you essentially set a new savings milestone when you pick your official wedding day. Think about those costs that come after the wedding -- a house, kids, vacations, retirement savings. The last thing you want to do is go into debt to pay for a single day before the rest of your life takes off.
Keeping up with the Joneses is nothing new. But thanks to social media, our friends' lifestyles can be hard to ignore. The need to show off, the desire to have what others have, and the ease at which we can obtain credit, all contributes to the pressure we feel to keep up. It's a pressure felt globally, regardless of income bracket. Have you ever noticed how many celebrities have declared bankruptcy?
Which one of your interests can you turn into income? Make a plan. Develop a website. Promote it on all of the social media outlets like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. You can even build audiences with the help of Facebook ads. Build up your community of followers and then sell them services that their followers will love!