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10 Differences Between Middle Class And Rich People

10 Differences Between Middle Class And Rich People

According to Forbes, the 400 wealthiest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined. But what about the people in between? The middle class? You may be considered middle class. You’re not poor, but you’re not rich…yet. The middle class seems to be shrinking, according to the data revealed over the last couple decades. That means you’re going to be less likely to be middle class in the future. You’ll more likely be poor or rich. Which side do you want to be on?

If you want to be on the side with the rich, you’ve got to start thinking like the rich. Here are 10 differences between middle class and rich people for you to learn from…

1. The middle class live comfortably, the rich embrace being uncomfortable

“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.”
-Peter McWilliams

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    “In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable.”
    – Robert Arnott

    It’s comfortable to work a “safe” job. It’s comfortable to work for someone else. The middle class think being comfortable means being happy, but the rich realize that extraordinary things happen when we put ourselves in uncomfortable situations. Starting your own business is a risk and risks can be uncomfortable, but a little risk is what it takes to create wealth and achieve superior results.

    Step out of your comfort zone. Look at all your options. You will have to be at least a little uncomfortable if you want to become rich. You might even have to fail and that’s great, because if you’re not failing, you’re not doing much.

    2. The middle class live above their means, the rich live below

    “There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means.”
    -Calvin Coolidge

    rich and middle class

      You won’t catch the average millionaire in a $100,000 car or a multi-million dollar home. The rich don’t spend their money on depreciating liabilities, they spend their money on appreciating assets and they live below their means. On average, the rich drive cars that are a few years old and they don’t buy them new, according to studies done in the book “The Millionaire Next Door.” Even if they can “afford” that fancy new Escalade, they usually don’t buy it.

      Remember, if you earn $1,000,000/year and you spend $1,000,000/year, you’re still broke.

      3. The middle class climb the corporate ladder, the rich own the ladder

      “The richest people in the world look for and build networks; everyone else looks for work.”
      -Robert Kiyosaki

      Middle class corporate

        The middle class tend to work for someone else. They have a job. A career. Upper middle class tend to be self-employed. They own a job. The rich tend to own the business. They own that corporate ladder that the middle class are busy working up. The rich understand that they need more people working for them to earn more money. The rich understand the power of passive income.

        4. The middle class are friends with everyone, the rich choose wisely

        “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”
        -Warren Buffett

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          The rich understand that when you surround yourself with successful people, your own success will follow. Likewise, surrounding yourself with unsuccessful people tends to have the anticipated effect. Your income is usually the average of the incomes of your three closest friends. If you want to earn more, hang around people who earn more. It’s all about aligning your mindset with the mindset of successful people. If you want to be rich, you have to think rich.

          5. The middle class work to earn, the rich work to learn

          “When you are young, work to learn, not to earn.”
          -Robert Kiyosaki

          work to learn, not to earn

            The middle class are easily persuaded to change jobs when someone offers more money. The rich understand that working isn’t about the money, especially in the early years. It’s about developing the skills and traits you need to develop to become rich. That may mean working a sales job to better understand the world of selling. Or it could mean you work at a bank to better understand accounting. If you want to be rich, you should be working to learn the skills you need to become rich. Most rich people didn’t get there by earning a high salary.

            6. The middle class have things, the rich have money

            “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.”
            ― Will Rogers

            middle class and rich difference

              Back to the fancy cars and big houses. That’s where much of the middle class spend their money. Drive through a middle class neighborhood and you will usually see brand new cars, expensive landscaping and high-dollar homes. The rich understand that to become wealthy, you have to want money more than you want things. If you keep buying things, your money will keep going with them. It’s funny how that works. For example, Warren Buffett still lives in the same home he bought in 1958. And he only paid $31,500 for it.

              Stop buying things and start focusing on keeping, saving and investing the money you earn. If you are a shopaholic, start shopping for assets. Become interested in investing, then look for bargains on stocks and businesses instead of shoes and electronics. That being said, it’s not all about saving your money.

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              7. The middle class focus on saving, the rich focus on earning

              “Your greatest asset is your earning ability. Your greatest resource is your time.”
              -Brian Tracy

              middle class and rich people

                “If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.”
                -Benjamin Franklin

                Saving is important. Investing may be more important, but earning is the foundation of both. You understand that you need to save and invest, but to really achieve extravagant goals with them, you need to earn more. The rich understand this and work on creating more avenues to earn and earning more with the avenues they have. If you really want to become rich, work on your earning ability, not your saving ability.

                8. The middle class are emotional with money, the rich are logical

                “Only when you combine sound intellect with emotional discipline do you get rational behavior.”
                -Warren Buffett

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                  Steve Siebold interviewed over 1,200 of the world’s wealthiest people over the past 30 years for his book “How Rich People Think”, and according to him there are more than 100 differences in how rich people look at money compared to the middle class. One of the key differences he found was that the middle class see money through the eyes of emotion, but the rich see money through the eyes of logic. Making emotional financial decisions will ruin your finances. Warren Buffett explains that investing has much more to do with controlling your emotions, than it has to do with money. Emotions are what cause people to buy high and sell low. Emotions create dangerous business deals. Leave emotions out of this and turn to logic.

                  9. The middle class underestimate their potential, the rich set huge goals

                  “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.”
                  -Bo Jackson

                  middle class and rich goals

                    The middle class set goals. Sometimes. It’s the capacity of the goals that differ from the middle class to the rich. The middle class set safe goals that are easily obtainable. The rich set goals that seem impossible, difficult or crazy. But they know they are achievable. It all comes back to having the proper mindset.

                    When you’re setting your goals, ask yourself if they could be bigger. Ask yourself if that’s really all you can do or if you can do more. I think you can do more.

                    10. The middle class believe in hard work, the rich believe in leverage

                    “It is much easier to put existing resources to better use than to develop resources where they do not exist.”
                    -George Soros

                    rich and middle class workers

                      Hard work is a necessity. For all of us. If you want to reach the top (whatever that may be for you), you’ve got to put in the work. The problem is that hard work alone will rarely make you rich. You can’t become rich by doing it all yourself. You have to use leverage to truly become rich and stay that way. Leverage works in many ways, from outsourcing to investing. The more leverage you can incorporate, the more time you will free up to work on the things that really matter in your business and your life.

                      Some differences between the middle class and the rich are vast, while others may seem simple and minor. The fact is that if you want to become rich, you have to think like the rich and do the things the rich do.

                      Featured photo credit: Dude Walkin/Alejandro Escamilla via unsplash.com

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                      Last Updated on April 19, 2021

                      40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                      40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                      Ever had those moments where you really wanted to eat something delicious and healthy but didn’t have the financials means to do so? Whether you’re a student or parent, this compilation of 40 great, healthy, and inexpensive recipes will make every night special and help you get fit! No more meals where you have to force the food down! It’s time to make that budget your best friend and turn it into great recipes. Enjoy!

                      1. Fish Tacos in Crunchy Shells ($3.56 per serving)

                      Is there a better way to end the day than a Fish Taco dinner filled with protein and nutrients and is easy on the wallet? This recipe calls for a boys’ or girls’ night in front of a good movie or game.

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                        2. Mini-Meatball Noodle Soup ($3.43 per serving)

                        We’ve heard of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs recipes, but imagine having that same meatball goodness in a soup? It’s like Christmas in a bowl. Healthy, warm, and only $3.43 per serving.

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                          3. Spaghetti and (Vegan) Meatballs ($2.13 per serving)

                          Now it’s time to look at the traditional spaghetti and meatballs recipe, but with a little twist: vegan meatballs. This way, you can enjoy the Italian tradition without adding on the extra calories. I’m sold!

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                            4. Kabocha Squash and Lentils ($3.12 per serving)

                            Absolutely delicious way to end the day with a Kabocha Squash and lentils dinner. The beauty of this recipe is that you can actually make many other things from the mixture, from dips to full-on meals. All under $5 per serving.

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                              5. Baked Coconut Lentils ($0.91 per serving)

                              Coconuts are always a good idea, but it doesn’t have to be eaten only for dessert or breakfast. With this great recipe, you can now eat a lunch or dinner filled proteins and a coconut twist. Yum!

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                                6. Easy Marinated Roasted Chicken ($3.40 per serving)

                                We love chicken and at less than $5 per serving, we are in heaven with this recipe. Add some vegetables and rice on the side and you’ve got yourself a full meal!

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                                  7. Organic Greens and Goat Cheese Gratin ($2.36 per serving)

                                  This is absolutely divine. You get in your healthy greens and your fat macros with this great recipe. Takes only a few minutes to make and it’s easy on the wallet. Bon Appetite!

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                                    8. Beef Pot Roast ($3.22 per serving)

                                    One word: perfect. This meal will warm your insides and fill you up with the high protein content.

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                                      9. Fajita-Style Quesadillas ($0.43 per serving)

                                      If you want to eat Mexican tonight but want to stay in your budget, this Quesadilla recipe is your best friend. It’s tasty and filled with healthy ingredients for less than a dollar per serving.

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                                        10. Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream ($2.82 per serving)

                                        Another great lunch idea for the busy days ahead. Prep this in the morning or the night before and you’ve got yourself a healthy and cheap lunch meal!

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                                          11. Beef and Black Bean Chili ($1.36 per serving)

                                          Might not look like much, but this amazing chili is actually extremely healthy for you. The protein from the beef and the carbs from the black beans will fill you up in no time, and keep you full for a long period of time. Delicious and warm, just right for the winter!

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                                            12. Crispy Fish and Peppers ($2.18 per serving)

                                            Amazing recipe for anyone looking to change up their meals while keeping their macros in check and not going overboard on spending. Satisfies your crunch tooth (see what I did there?) and gives you all the protein you need to stay full and lean.

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                                              13. Vegetarian Gumbo ($1.50 per serving)

                                              You have the perfect macro mix here with the carbs, fats, and proteins. At less than $5 per serving, you’ve got yourself a meal that will last for the whole week!

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                                                14. Mexican White Bean Soup ($0.99 per serving)

                                                With the cold weather creeping in, it’s not a surprise that soups are coming back in style. This great Mexican White Bean Soup dish will keep you warm for winter without making a hole in your pocket.

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                                                  15. Black Beans with Mango & Cilantro ($0.38 per serving)

                                                  Mangoes make every dish a little bit sweeter, which is why we absolutely love this recipe. A normal rice and bean dish might be a little meh, but add the sugary taste of mangoes and you’ve got yourself a party!

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                                                    16. Bean Burritos ($0.71 per serving)

                                                    If you’re having people over tonight and don’t want to spend too much time or money on food, this dish is a great option! You can even cut up the burritos into pieces and make finger foods while everyone’s watching the game or gossiping.

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                                                      17. Five-Spice Beef Kabobs ($2.43 per serving)

                                                      The spices in this recipes add a delicious twist to the beef kabobs, which is definitely worth trying!

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                                                        18. Cornmeal Crusted Pork ($1.92 per serving)

                                                        If you like the fried crunch but want to opt for a healthier alternative, cornmeal is your man. This healthy recipe will satisfy all your fried desires without making you pop open your pant’s button.

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                                                          19. Chicken, Tomato & Cucumber Dinner Salad ($2.57 per serving)

                                                          Easy to do, extremely healthy, and super delicious. A must-try!

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                                                            20. Lentil Soup with Beef and Red Pepper ($1.90 per serving)

                                                            I can’t believe how cheap this meal is, especially for all the nutrients it contains. You can make a big pot on Sunday night and divide it into small portions to last you a whole week.

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                                                              21. Smoky Mushroom Stroganoff ($1.90 per serving)

                                                              Craving pasta but not sure what to top it off with? How about smoky mushrooms with a twist?

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                                                                22. White Bean Tuna Salad ($1.36 per serving)

                                                                You can add this White Bean Tuna Salad in your sandwich or just eat it as-is for a quick lunch on a busy day.

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                                                                  23. Sausage Eggwiches ($0.80 per serving)

                                                                  Who says you have to eat fast food to get an eggwich? This delicious recipe will give you an amazingly healthy eggwich for less than a dollar per portion. Can you say Breakfast?

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                                                                    24. Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad ($1.17 per serving)

                                                                    Great snack to add to a movie-night with friends. You don’t have to use chemically-processed salsas anymore, you can now use this homemade salad for your chip dips.

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                                                                      25. Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce ($2.24 per serving)

                                                                      Italians always knew how to make carbs look good! This delicious Gnocchi recipe will give your lunch a whole new meaning. Easy to make and only $2.24 per serving.

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                                                                        26. Vegetable Lasagna ($1.73 per serving)

                                                                        If you were looking for a healthy lasagna, you’ve just found it. At under $5 per serving, you can fill yourself up right away without putting on the extra calories.

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                                                                          27. Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wraps ($2.05 per serving)

                                                                          Don’t know what to make for lunch this week? How about delicious chicken wraps with a healthy ranch? This recipe will make all your lunches, even the quick ones, healthy and colorful.

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                                                                            28. Quinoa with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                            A dish that has quinoa and brussel sprouts can’t be unhealthy, it just can’t, which is why this dish is one to keep in the books. Easy to make, healthy, and will keep you full for a long period of time.

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                                                                              29. Butternut Squash Chili ($1.04 per serving)

                                                                              You don’t need meat to make chili now that you have this recipe! It’s 100% healthy, filling, and smells absolutely delicious.

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                                                                                30. Fast Shrimp Bisque ($2.03 per serving)

                                                                                Seafood doesn’t have to be expensive if you know how to do it right, and this fast shrimp bisque is a great recipe to try if you’re in the mood for some seafood!

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                                                                                  31. Chicken-Noodle Casserole ($0.98 per serving)

                                                                                  Looks divine doesn’t it? This super easy to make dish will satisfy all your taste buds without burning a hole in your wallet or adding a few extra numbers on the scale.

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                                                                                    32. Burrito Cups ($1.18 per serving)

                                                                                    Entertaining someone tonight and don’t know what to make as appetizers? These burrito cups are a great alternative to chips or other greasy finger foods. All you need to enjoy it is a spoon and a cup.

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                                                                                      33. Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Pasta ($2.45 per serving)

                                                                                      Another impressive shrimp recipe under $5 per serving. The lemon-dill twist adds a great taste to the dish.

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                                                                                        34. Potato Frittata ($0.87 per serving)

                                                                                        If you want to eat potatoes for breakfast but still want it to be healthy, this is the recipe for you. At under a dollar per serving, this potato frittata will make you see potatoes in a whole new light.

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                                                                                          35. Grilled Pork and Pineapple ($2.67 per serving)

                                                                                          Meat and fruits? Oh, yes. The juiciness of the pork mixed with the liquid sugar in the pineapple will make you wish you knew about it sooner.

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                                                                                            36. Greek Honey-Lemon Pork Chops ($2.15 per serving)

                                                                                            Another splendid recipe mixing sweet and salty for a healthy meal. Easy to make and absolutely mouthwatering.

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                                                                                              37. Jamaican Pork Stir-Fry ($2 per serving)

                                                                                              You can add this healthy stir-fry to any dish as a side or amply enjoy it as-is for lunch or dinner. You can even make a wrap sandwich out of it if you’re in a rush to eat.

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                                                                                                38. Herbed Salmon ($2.49 per serving)

                                                                                                Salmon contains a healthy dose of fats that will boost your metabolism, lower inflammation, and make you happier. At under $5 per serving, need I say more?

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                                                                                                  39. Five-Spice Pork Kabobs ($1.96 per serving)

                                                                                                  Exquisite recipe under $5 per serving that will most definitely awe everyone at your dinner party.

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                                                                                                    40. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Mango-Black Bean Salsa ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                                                    You don’t have to eat sweet potatoes alone anymore with this flavorful recipe.

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