CNN has the story of a couple from Beverly Hills who moved to Oregon to work on a family farm and live out of a trailer after the husband lost his $100,000 per year job managing life insurance portfolios. Seems like a cute, Green Acres-ish tale of a couple who merely decided to be practical. But no:
With meager savings, Bird and Wright knew they couldn’t maintain their costly Los Angeles lifestyle in an area where, they say, image is everything. Even if they had stayed in Beverly Hills, they would have needed to move into a smaller apartment and rely on Bird’s modest salary as a financial manager.
Call me crazy, but isn’t this the real problem? People living outside of their means, thinking that image is everything, leasing overpriced cars and renting subpar apartments just so they can boast about the zipcode?
Heck, if I had a $100,000 salary for a couple years I could live decently on much lower salary for a number of years… assuming I stayed with an affordable used car, and lived in any number of neighborhoods outside of Beverly Hills.
Then again, maybe the fact that I’m not concerned about image is why I’ve never had a $100,000 a year job. What would Ayn Rand do?