Originally Posted by 240glt
I thing the term "middle class" is a bit misconstrued on this forum. From being here a while, it's pretty obvious that SSP has a high volume of trust fund/ silver spoon kids on it
While your observation may in fact be true, having your parents contribute to your financial situation is incredibly different than being a trust fund or silver spoon kid.
It's simple math. Go find the average incomes in an area, find the median - bam, there's the centre of the middle class. And yes, regardless of what everyone's anecdotes say, these people by and large help their children out financially. Some to the tune of a few thousand bucks towards school, some buy their kids a car, and some help out with a downpayment.
I hate to burst some bubbles here, but if you're barely making your mortgage payments and mostly shop at Wal-Mart, you're probably not middle class in most regions of the country. Especially if you're in this situation and you have adult children (ie: in your 50s).