First World Financial Problems

I am thankful I live in a relatively stable economy, have plenty of clean water to drink, a car to drive, and access to high speed internet. Luxuries which most people in the world unfortunately don’t have. According to the calculator, I am currently in the top 1% of all income earners in the world (if I factor in my part-time and dividend income as well.) So I consider myself pretty lucky being able to live the lifestyle I want and still have enough savings left over to invest for my future. If you make more than $50,000 USD a year, then cheers because you are also in the top 1%, according to that site anyway. However making a decent living in a wealthy country such as Canada, or the US, does have its drawbacks ಠ_ಠ. There are certain responsibilities and problems that will arise when we make too much money that people in poorer countries simply don’t have to worry about. And a lot of those misfortunes we face are often overlooked by world leaders.  Below are some examples of deeply troubling financially related first world problems, which tend to only exist in the realm of the rich … ಥ_ಥ

All images above were derived from internet memes.  While we may live in some of the richest countries on the planet let this be a reminder that we are not immune from the hardships of this world. I can relate to some of these problems myself. How about you? In a future follow up entry, I’ll post about some non-financial problems we face here in the first world.

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Not Working
Not Working
04/05/2012 3:57 am

You should have posted,

Have 3 cars…

Don’t know which one to use


04/05/2012 9:02 am
Reply to  Not Working

Oh ho, good one (・o・)!

04/05/2012 6:01 am

I’ll pay for it later… Do you Take AMEX?

04/05/2012 9:15 am
Reply to  Phil

Certainly. I see you have the popular American Express Centurion Card with the $2,500 annual fee, very impressive sir (^_^;)

04/05/2012 6:45 am

This is funny!

We sometime don’t appreciate enough what we have.

04/05/2012 9:16 am
Reply to  Sunny

Yes, sometimes we lose perspective of how lucky we are (^-^)

Young Professional Finances
Young Professional Finances
04/05/2012 9:39 am

I’ve definitely been guilty of some of these! Here’s another one:

Left my favorite credit card at home
Had to choose which other credit card to pay for my coffee with.

04/05/2012 9:53 am

I hate it when that happens, lol.

04/05/2012 10:30 am

Cheers! *clink*

I read the shoe one and thought “Geez girl, take them back to the store and have them credit you the difference”

04/05/2012 10:47 am
Reply to  Cassie

Spoken like a true consumer expert. It’s surprising how often people don’t go back to claim their credit.

04/05/2012 5:57 pm

#1 and #2 made me lol the hardest. Good work.

04/05/2012 6:03 pm
Reply to  Joe

lol thanks. Have a great long weekend.

04/05/2012 8:54 pm

Hahaha, those are awesome! Love it.

Solution to wallet won’t close: ask the teller for an envelope 😉

Enjoy your long weekend! I wish I got even one day off for Easter 🙁 I actually forgot it was Easter weekend lol!

04/06/2012 8:25 am
Reply to  Leigh

Hope they’re paying you overtime.

04/07/2012 4:02 pm
Reply to  Liquid

Overtime? My employer doesn’t count Easter as a public holiday (we don’t get very many in the States), so I have to work unless I take vacation.

04/06/2012 5:25 am

Personal finance memes are the best!!

NIce job these are great haha

04/06/2012 8:29 am
Reply to  Bridget

Thanks, found some of these just searching on google

04/07/2012 5:14 am

I’ve been guilty of both of the blonde’s problems 🙂

Seriously, if anyone has ever visited another (poorer) country, they’d realize that we all live like kings!

04/07/2012 12:50 pm
Reply to  MyMoneyDesign

It’s true. That’s why I’m thinking about living overseas for the winter months once I retire, to see the world and probably save some money too.

04/07/2012 11:53 pm

Funny memes! Yeah, I’m guilty of some of them too.

04/08/2012 3:05 am

Heh, we all are.

Well Heeled Blog
Well Heeled Blog
04/12/2012 8:22 pm

Gosh, did my complaining get a little too loud? I bought boots that don’t fit, and I was thinking how annoying it is that I have to return them and use the $200 to find another pair.

Marissa @ Thirtysixmonths
04/20/2012 1:00 pm

Oh goodness, those are hilarious.