Commonly spoken languages

by AustinMom

This was an interesting map. Note, that it excludes English and Spanish. I find it to accurately reflect my experience in my state. I regularly hear people speaking Vietnamese, and Arabic. I know people who speak Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, and Hindi with family members at home, but usually speak English if an English speaker is present. What about other totebaggers? What languages do you regularly hear?

This map shows the most commonly spoken language in every US state, excluding English and Spanish

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Feeling middle class

by Austin Mom

This article touches on a topic we have visited before – what is middle class. For me, this one is more accurate in describing what I see in the world around me.

I found it odd that this was based on a family of three vs. a family of four. With a family of four (I count the college student in our family still), I am pretty confident we still fall just slightly over the line into upper middle class. But, the amount of money we live off of is definitely in the middle class range. This is because we generally reinvest all investment earnings, and save (for general and retirement purposes) out of current income.

I also agree with the comments about lifestyle creep. So totebaggers, do you think this article more accurately describes you see?

This is why everyone thinks they are middle class (even if they aren’t)
It might not feel that way, but you might actually be upper middle class.