This article is just one more piece in the continuing puzzle I'm trying to solve about how other people's financial lives work.
How DO other people may age afford to go out drinking? I used to go out drinking one night a week to a bar with no cover charge and I was still dropping like forty bucks in drinks and tips that one night. (Now thanks to my stomach getting really sensitive to alcohol, I usually have maybe half a drink because more will make me queasy and more than that will have me puking like a Freshman after her first kegger.) But lots of people I know seem to go out three of four nights per week and most of them work in crappier jobs than mine.
Other people my age seem to be able to afford to drink and buy lots of clothes and vacation all the time. I don't get it. Credit card debt can't explain it all. Maybe it's just a perceptual thing.