A conversation with my neighbor “Sam”

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March 3, 2016
Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Brandly  
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"Lately, I've wondered how my neighbor, Sam, affords to buy so much stuff. He appears to have an unlimited budget. When I asked him about this, Sam asked, 'Do you think I'm spending too much?' 'That depends,' I said, 'How much money do you make?' 'I take home $100,000 a year.' That surprised me. I would guess that he's spending more than that. But I tried to be encouraging, 'That sounds like plenty of income. With a little planning, you should be able to budget your spending and be financially stable.' 'But my finances are a mess,' Sam replied. 'I spend more than I take home. Last year I had to borrow $12,000 just to cover my spending.'" (03/03/16)


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