The Best Gift He Never Gave Me

July 14, 2014 5:42 PM

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The Best Gift He Never Gave Me

My fiance and I are among the many Americans who live "paycheck to paycheck." We're not on or below the poverty line, and we aren't unemployed. Yet, with the constant rise in the cost of living and the stagnation of our income, each year feels like a harder struggle. We always make sure necessities are taken care of (rent, bills, food), and we've "cut back" as best we can. We aren't homeowners; our wedding plans have gone no further than speculating a date, we don't go on lavish vacations (we rarely go on them at all) and we have nothing that would be considered "equity."

I want to stress that this is not a complaint, so please spare me the eye rolls and sarcastic violin music. I am very aware of how lucky I am to have a job and a cozy place to call "home" at the end of the day. I know things could be far more difficult. I understand that as far as the "bigger pictur...

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