(Original post by All at once)
All these people with the romantic ideas of thinking they'll be happy earning minimum wage doing "something they love" are really bull****ting themselves.
How strange, considering that I'm currently living on a student budget and I couldn't be happier. I have a home, and I can afford to eat. I can afford to go out when I want to, and it's still quite easy to find enough for a new computer upgrade, and to add to my ISA. It's not hard to have a good living off little money, as long as you're clever about your spending. That, and I don't really have many additional "needs" to eat up my money.
What I'm saying is: If I'm happy on a low income as a student, then there's no reason to suddenly change my mind once I've graduated.
(Original post by mizzy87)
Just my opinion, but I think it's also quite a selfish stance to take if you're planning on having kids and starting a family in the future - wouldn't you want to give your family a decent and comfortable life instead of just scraping by because you chose to settle for a low wage for doing 'something that you love'. I'm not going through uni and having high ambitions of a well paid job just so I can buy myself designer handbags for the rest of my life - it's so that when I do settle down and start my own family, they'll be looked after and I'll be able to provide my kids a better childhood than I had when I was younger.
Ahh, but it's quite simple - if you can't afford to support a family, then either get a higher paying job or just don't have kids.
However, my family was raised on a low income, and - believe it or not - we've been very happy, and we never had to go without any essentials. Sure, we never had the money to go on expensive holidays or buy any luxury items, but to be honest I don't think I would have appreciated them enough as a kid. At the end of the day, while we may have moaned at the time about not being able to afford the school trip to Italy or something, I'm now thankful that my mother imposed limits on us - even though it wasn't without reason.
And no, I wouldn't want to give my kids a "comfortable" life if it meant that I'd end up spoiling them by giving them unnecessary crap just because they say "Mum, item X is really cool and I want one!". I'm not going to begrudge them any real necessities, or the occasional creature comfort - call me harsh if you like, but I don't believe in spending money just because it's there.