My parents make a lot of money now, but as a child we were always broke. They both worked in textile mills before all of the factories got outsourced. My extended family generally have pretty decent jobs and their median income is probably like 30k. Nothing material has effected my life all that much. My parents never bought me expensive things like game consoles for Christmas for example, and I had to buy my own car. I guess It forced me to learn to make due with what I had. To an extent it sickens me to see how spoiled rotten kids are these days. They don't have any clue about the value of a dollar, and actually they don't know how to appreciate what they have either, because they're spoiled for choice more than anything heh.