lol i do appreciate every reply in this. i checked a reddit thread once on "ask an old person for advice" and a consistent answer was "keep your health because if your health is poor at 50, nothing else will matter."
My only advice is something that my father told me when I was young, but took me a number of years to internalize; namely, poor has less to do with how much money one earns than it does with how one spends one's money. Remaining as debt-free as possible will go a long way toward happiness. If possible, you want to be on the interest earning instead of the interest paying side of the equation.
yup, on that, i have lived in smaller places for a long time, and seeing the size of north american houses is just crazy to me. they feel really poorly planned and full of wasted space inside and out. i cant believe how much people pay for these pointless mansions that put a noose of debt around their neck.
most peoples grandparents here lived in houses a fraction of the size of the houses now and with more family inside.