New top story on Hacker News: What do you nerds spend your money on?

What do you nerds spend your money on?
5 by QuanSai | 5 comments on Hacker News.
As software engineers, on average, we earn a lot more money than a lot of people. Hearing that a fresh college grad is clocking six figures is normal at this point. I’m only about 5 years into my career, and I make more money than I could ever imagine to. A good portion of the industry might ask me why I’m not making more, but that subset of professionals probably come from more privileged upbringings. I’m a Black man, in my late twenties, and I come from one of the poorest areas of New York City. To boot, I don’t even have a college degree. I’ve been extremely lucky, and I’m ridiculously grateful, but I don’t know how to manage what I’m making and how I should think about what I earn going forward. My parents and other close relatives can only speculate, and like many others in similar positions, I don’t know who to trust with guiding my reality. So I’m curious: what do you do with your money, generally? Buy a lot of video games? Books? Courses? Food? Real estate? Stocks? How do you generally split up your expenses? Are you shocked at all by the money you’re making? It sounds like a weird problem to have, and it’s sorta embarrassing to ask, but I’m starting to feel overwhelmed by my growth.

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