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im 25 years old and making close to 100k a year working as a civilian contractor in iraq. now i am not used to making this kind of money; my life has been anything but easy. in fact, i always thought to myself that if i did ever make a lot of money that i wouldnt be like other people and that i would find a way to give back. well, i guess the time has come to pay the piper... but i cant think of any solutions that satisfy me. i could pay off my dads morgtage. i could give a few thousand dollars to each of my brothers and sisters and dad. i could volunteer to work for the peace core. i could go to school and earn a degree in science to help make the world a better place. i could just donate money to something. i could even try buying people out of human trafficking (freeing them from slavery). i could buy a duplex and let my brother live in it rent free and pay for some of his tuition. there are so many ideas but i just dont know which is right. generally, the longer i stay over here the more "good" ill be able to do. its not exactly fun being over here though. its hard. there are things i want for myself that, im sorry, come before any charity i might give. those things include buying a house cash (not a big house, 75-150k), a car cash, finishing of my degree, furniture, and some money in the bank. im just very confused about what the right thing is to do. i will be living like a king in comparison to the rest of my family, but then again i sacrificed and earned it. i just dont know. im not religious so praying to jesus is not the answer for me. ive thought about talking to a chaplain though since they know about this kind of stuff. what do you think about this whole mess? what advice can you give? what would you do?

Asked By: Sean M - 2/11/2008
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Good for you to help out. My bf is just a couple of years older than you and makes $130,000/year. I've also recently accepted a new job and have had a huge pay increase. We both grew up in well-off families and although he was taught to work hard and squirrel away his money, I was taught to give back to the community... More
Answered By: RowerGirl - 2/11/2008
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pay off your house and car. then your fathers house and car. then help with your siblings tuition. you can give, but keep it in the family.
Answered By: TriadBeast - 2/11/2008
 
You have it right do for yourself first,not just anything but what you will be happy with for a long time putting down roots.Then you can think of the others.You are a wonderful person to help your family out so much.Take your time and think of what you really would like to do then go for it.No one can tell you that .... More
Answered By: peppersham - 2/11/2008
 
It sounds like you feel overwhelmed by your options. I commend you for wanting to use your new found income to help others... More
Answered By: Theresa - 2/12/2008
 
The beauty of your situation is that you do not need to make a decision immediately. If your goal is to 'give back', then why not take some time to plan out ways to give back? One thing to keep in mind is that you'll need to be able to take care of yourself in order to help other people, so your plans should start with... More
Answered By: SandwichGeneration - 2/12/2008
 
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