He said that money just acts as a magnifying glass. That's Dave Ramsey's theory. I think you are saying something similar.
I should probably be paying my boss for allowing me to come here. It's a great job. I do love it. My new part time gig doesn't interfere with my primary job. That's a plus too.
Would you describe your household income as "working class" where you live, or "lower middle class"? From what you described your income as it would fall into the category commonly known as "working poor" where I am from, hence my comment. No offense intended.
By the way. We live on different planets. I would not consider my income middle class. I would consider it working class. Is that equivalent to being poor?
I started my adult life poor as dirt. Now that I am financially well off I have far more admiration for young people struggling to get ahead than I do for kids right out of college buying a home I couldn't afford until I was 40. You should have to pay your dues, THAT makes you a better person.