If not, an even $200k certainly would do it. What about for you? I have to give a big shout out to Living Almost Large as she posted something similar the other day and it really got me thinking (site now gone).
She adds a huge political twist on it, but I’d totally recommend it if you find this topic interesting – at least for the pretty passionate comments being thrown around on it! (you say one thing about Obama or McCain that someone doesn’t like and they are allllllll over it..haha)
But what type of salary or other income would it take for YOU to feel “rich”? Have you ever thought about it? I have the tendency to consider one’s net worth to determine that, so it was pretty cool to think a bit differently here. I think for me, I’d have to bring home somewhere in the $150-$200k range if I really didn’t wanna have to worry about money again.
But to be honest, I really don’t think a set salary determines whether you’re wealthy or not. It’s HOW you spend it, or not spend it, that’s the determining factor.
There are plenty of people blowing through $200k-$300k a year on their lavish lifestyles, yet barely saving a few pennies. I wouldn’t consider them rich, even though they may look it (The Millionaire Next Door anyone?). At the same time, there are a select few making $500k+ and saving 90% of it while living comfortably and in peaceful bliss. Your salary/other income definitely plays a big role, but you have to account for where it goes to.
Then we have those crazy frugal bastards (meant in the most loving and sincere way possible) who make $60k and invest 20-30% into their already heavily fortified nest egg! So while they may not be rich at the present time, I guarantee they’ll make it faster than those a lot of those non-saving fools making twice that.
As LAL also mentioned, $250k will go a lot farther in places like Smallville, USA than New York City or LA. So that has to be considered as well. I can tell you that splitting a bachelor pad in NYC with 5 people cost me more way more than my old abode in Fairfax, VA which I only split with one person. The nightlife was totally different, but so was the fatness of my wallet ;)
Does all of this really matter though? Not really….unless someone’s about to pay us our “ideal” amount anytime soon, you can go ahead and file it away in your “good to have on hand, just in case” folder. And I’m still gonna have to base my views on the rich depending on what their net worth is since it shows whether someone’s saving/investing or just spending it all away.
Definitely leave a comment with your magic # though, as ya never know who’ll be reading it! Plus i hear that if you concentrate on it long enough, you can force it to happen circa “The Secret” kinda stuff. But you can think what you want ;)
PS: If you’re just getting started in your journey, here are a few good resources to help track your money. Doesn’t matter which route you go, just that it ends up sticking!
- The "Budget/Net Worth" spreadsheet - the colorful Excel template I personally use.
- The "Money Snapshot" spreadsheet - a simple Excel template I created for my former $$$ clients
If you're not a spreadsheet guy like me and prefer something more automated (which is fine, whatever gets you to take action!), you can try your hand with a free Personal Capital account instead.
Personal Capital is a cool tool that connects with your bank & investment accounts to give you an automated way to track your net worth. You'll get a crystal clear picture of how your spending and investments affect your financial goals (early retirement?), and it's super easy to use.
It only takes a couple minutes to set up and you can grab your free account here. They also do a lot of other cool stuff as well which my early retired friend Justin covers in our full review of Personal Capital - check it out here: Why I Use Personal Capital Almost Every Single Day.
(There's also Mint.com too btw which is also free and automated, but its more focused on day-to-day budgeting rather than long-term net worth building)