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You know you're poor when...

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You start skipping meals/snacks so ur kids can have enough food to eat for the week.

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Posted by Anonymous on Feb. 7, 2013 at 11:56 PM
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by Anonymous 3 on Feb. 8, 2013 at 1:21 AM
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hahaha! Ive done this!

Quoting tastelikeyum:

 Your shoes talk before you do. Then you try to glue, tape or staple the sole back on.

by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 1:23 AM
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You know you're poor when, the soles of your feet are impenetrable from shoeless summer after shoeless summer because you only need shoes for school :p

by Anonymous 24 on Feb. 8, 2013 at 1:24 AM
When your teacher takes pitty and buys you an outfit that actually fits.
by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 1:24 AM
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Quoting tastelikeyum:

 Lol those are my memories and Im glad I can look back and say Wow look how far I've come!! People joke about being poor or being raised up in the ghetto, but from people who lived it, it can bring back some good memories. You didn't see drinking out of jelly jars as a bad thing when growing up. You just wanted the biggest one to get your kool-aid in lol. Wearing your older cousins, sisters, mom or your grandma nightgown and damn near tripping on it because it was to big for you. We played with rocks and sticks and made mud pies. Im not ashamed for one minute from where I came from because it has brought me where I am today!! Government cheese and all lol!!

Quoting deepthinker:

Quoting Anonymous:

yea I couldnt afford a car, but if I could I wouldnt its too expensive.

Quoting deepthinker:

Quoting Anonymous:

  • You steal all your toilet paper from public restrooms and use napkins from pizza places as Kleenex.
  • Your diet consists of dumplings, Ramen noodles, and the sandwiches you buy right before the store closes that are half off.
  • You have had to make the choice between buying cigarettes and buying food. Cigarettes won.
  • You say that not having cable is a "lifestyle choice" and you "don't watch television anyway" but you go over a friend's house to watch True Blood or the Real Housewives.
  • You drink water at the bar on the 14th of the month and then run to the ATM at 12:01 once your direct deposit went through. Then it's time for a real drink.
  • You take the bus.
  • You know when things go on sale at the thrift store.
  • A career in porn/escorting/stripping is a serious consideration. (Yes, your mother will find out.)
  • You plan an entire weekend around drink specials and open bars.
  • All of your furniture is from Craigslist.
  • You net more money from eBaying your possessions than from your actual job.
  • You cut your own bangs and you think they look good. (They don't.)
  • Your mattress is on the floor.
  • You have gone out on a date with someone unattractive for a free dinner.
  • You spent more than 17 seconds trying to figure out your neighbors' Wi-Fi passwords so you don't have to pay for internet service.
  • You don't live in a loft, you sleep on one.

I don't agree with the bus one...  I take the bus and make a good amount of money.  I refuse to pay $25-30 a day to park my car when I go to work.

I've been poor before, so a  lot of things people are posting I can relate too. It is one thing about being poor that helps you later in life when you become successful...  You learn what really is a necessity and what isn't so what you earn you don't waste...., and it teaches you to be inventive as hell, LOL. Someone posted about dish washing liquid for bubble bath and I had to laugh...  because it's one of those memories that make you smile and not cry.


I agree 100%, we had fun as kids even though we were poor.  I know it had to be a struggle for my parents to maintain, I look back on things my parents did without or the things they had to do to make us happy and healthy and just give them a big hug for everything they did for us.  They went without meals, they had to boil water to sterilize it, wore the same coat with patches so we can get new ones (not new, but new to us, LOL), they worked multiple jobs, at one time even made living in a car for a week seem like a camp out....but as a child you don't see poor... you see the good times and fun.  We lived next door to a store before and they use to throw out these huge boxes...  those boxes were our cars, airplanes, club houses, hell we even use to cut out the sides of them and put on TV shows, LOL.  One little ass TV in the whole house that everyone sat around and watched as a family, going to the store helping people with their grocery bags and running to the candy store with 25 cents before the street lights came on,  to buy a bag of penny candy, some strawberry cookies, and juice, LOL.  Being poor doesn't always mean that people are depressed or lived a horrible life, it just gives them survival instinct and even some fond memories like any childhood.  

by Anonymous 24 on Feb. 8, 2013 at 1:25 AM
When marrying someone that makes at least 15 dollars an hour is moving on up in the world.
by Anonymous 3 on Feb. 8, 2013 at 1:26 AM

when you've propped a space heater on a coffee table as your only source of heat

when you've microwaved your underwear to have some warmth.

When you've gone through a Canadian winter without a jacket.

by Anonymous 24 on Feb. 8, 2013 at 1:27 AM
When going to Mcdonalds is a high class date.
by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 1:28 AM
We lost our home when i was little. There was a house already on the property where we lived and we moved into it. It was literally a cinderblock house,.two rooms.. Living and a bedroom with a small porch. There was no bathroom, my two brothers and i had no bedroom. No sinks, stove, heating or air.

I am in my late twenties and remember using an out house, having to prime the pump for water that was in the well, and when it was too cold outside or too dark we used the bathroom in a bucket.

We got our clothes from the dumpster and my mother brought home fruits and veggies that were half rotten from the grocery store she worked at.
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by Anonymous 24 on Feb. 8, 2013 at 1:29 AM
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When you think going with your mom to the food pantry is an awesome day because you get to pick a speacil treat to get.
by Anonymous 25 on Feb. 8, 2013 at 1:36 AM
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When your power gets turned off, but on the plus side at least your neighbors are nice enough to let you use an extension cord and hook up to their power so your lo doesn't have to sit in a trailer in the middle of summer with no fans or anything when it was about 100 degrees in the trailer.

Then after a few weeks of that you get evicted, but don't have the resources or time to move all of your things so you make sure you grab at least all the lo's stuff.

You feed your family Mcdoubles and a small fry twice a day because it''s the cheapest way to eat.

Terrible way to live, so glad we're not there anymore. But thankfully lo was too young to even realize what was happening, was still a happy toddler and it made my relationship with my husband stronger going through that and getting out of that together.

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