Can you have financial freedom? Wonder what bill to pay next? Wondering if the ‘pile’ will ever go down? You are not alone. Research (and a trip to the grocery store!) show the American Middle Class is in trouble. The Census Bureau's annual report on income and poverty shows that median household income was $47,589 in 2016, after adjusting for inflation, still well below its inflation-adjusted peak of $57,909 in 1999. The typical family's take-home pay is now at 2007 levels.