September 08, 2005
Posted by scott at September 08, 2005 01:07 PM
Whatever brings us a startling look at what being poor really means. Definitely brings back some memories for me, I can tell ya that.
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Not many personal memories, or if so not ones I knew about except maybe your $800 car.
Oh you'd obviously be surprised. I just now realized I've been living on my own for just about as long as I lived at home (even counting that unfortunate incident in the 90s).
Pretty much everything applied to me, except I never could afford even an $800 car until I got out on my own.
Still, it's all "American Poor," which is grotesquely rich by international standards.
hmm - I've had a few $250 cars, lived on a $7/week food budget, had to decide which bills to pay, had used toys when I was a kid. The thing had many points that rang true to me - and many that didn't. At least when I was poor I was a kid, and most of the kids around me were poor.
Now, if I coulda just learned to pay the bills on time when I HAD the money...
Quite a few of those hit home. I definately wont send this to my mom though. It would make her cry. (Only cause she was the one who kept things together and it was so hard on her.)
It made me cry too Carrie!
Actually, I'm thinking this blogger is offering up a pretty questionable standard of "poor," considering that my father was a college professor with a Ph.D. and my mother still had to do all this stuff to make ends meet.
I'm pretty sure even upper-middle-class people had to do one or more things on this list at some point.