I Am Afraid of Being Poor

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    yilinxx yilinxx
    22-25, F
    Sep 30, 2013


    I have discovered, or rediscovered perhaps, that I am desperately terrified of being poor. (By poor, I mean having all my money run out. I couldn't think of a better word, my bad). This is not because I come from a family that is rich, or has even been all that well off until...
    TheTardyDodo TheTardyDodo
    31-35, M
    35 Responses Dec 24, 2007

    I Think It's Inevitable, Though.

    I grew up poor.  Not like, so poor that we didn't have enough to eat, but poor enough that we didn't ever get to take vacations, we didn't get to have the toys we wanted at the store, and we couldn't afford the cool shoes the other kids wore.  I married a man with...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses May 8, 2008

    Scared Of Loosing Everything

    I had a really good job last year but had to leave cos my female boss sexually harassed me.. It took ages but I sued my company and got a fantastic payout which I'm currently living on. I also signed a compromise agreement and left. I know. Need to try to find another job soon...
    BorisKindle BorisKindle
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Apr 2, 2012

    Uh What??

    So try it!  I know what it is like to have people ask you for money and not have a dime to give them I mean really not a dime, Not in savings not in the bank not Being poor is not about the type of person you are it isn't about being lazy it is the opportunities surrounding...
    Chauri1 Chauri1
    41-45, F
    Aug 28, 2009

    I Am Afraid of Being Poor

    I am financially secure or as much as anyone probably could be. I have a good salary and job stability. I have savings and a good retirement plan. I make more money than most of my friends. But, I am still afraid of losing it all and ending up destitute and on the streets. This...
    femme7 femme7
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jul 15, 2008

    I Will Be Soon And I'm Scared

    I grew up comfortable, not rich but very comfortable.  I lived in a very affluent town and felt "poor" but had no actual concept of what that meant.  I married a man who came from what I considered a poor family...they had a small 2 bedroom house and his father never made a big...
    goldilks goldilks
    46-50, F
    8 Responses Sep 18, 2011

    Thin Thread

    My husband and I, we have very little savings.  His credit is good, but mine...well, you need a good pair of 3D glasses to read my credit report.  He works very hard, and affords us quite a lifestyle.  We eat in restaurants several times a week.  We frequent...
    unobserver unobserver
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jun 19, 2010

    I Have A Terrible Fear Of Money.

    let me explain: i'm not good at math. In fact, the only math I know is how to pay the bills math. It's like I push this money thing away from me or something. I cannot explain it. But I can't do math in my head, it's almost like I'm retarded when it comes to math. I failed tests...
    pennyhawkins1966 pennyhawkins1966
    51-55, F
    1 Response Mar 28, 2011

    I grew up comfortable married a guy whose

    family didn't have much money but he was a lawyer and for many years made enough money for me to stay home and raise our two kids. We saved a lot towards college and retirement. He went off the deep end at some point and started job jumping (getting fired pretty much from each...
    goldilks goldilks
    46-50, F
    1 Response Feb 1, 2014

    am afraid of being poor,

    because according to me being poor is a curse.I am not born in a rich family and i hate about this thing,i wish i was born in a rich family,people on ep said to me that money cant buy love ok i agree with you then why the hell girls only go back of rich guys.Am poor if i go and...
    Roadguy Roadguy
    26-30, M
    Dec 4, 2013

    I Am Really Scared

    I got out of college with a degree I hate, teaching. Here in my country, they pay very bad to teachers and I haven't been able to find a job and I've tried and I'ved tried and tried and nothing.Luckily I still live with my parents so I'm not poor, but I'm 25, I don't have a...
    Val86 Val86
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jan 29, 2012

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    yilinxx yilinxx
    22-25, F
    Sep 24, 2013

    Even Though Im Not

     i worry i might be later on in life. dunno why being poor scares the **** outta me. im a luxury kinda person. i need a shower every day and soft cushy pillows. as pathetic as that sounds. i worry about it but im smart enough to get a decent job being either an archegloist...
    deleted deleted
    Jul 18, 2009

    Its Not So Much Being Poor...

    I worry about not being able to provide for the family I want one day. Actually, that scares the c*** outta me.... Meh, I know there is no point, but I do worry about this sorta thing....
    TheWanderingSupertramp TheWanderingSupertramp
    26-30, M
    4 Responses Mar 28, 2011

    Not For Me For My Kids

    I'm afraid of Wong poor but not because I can't picture life without heat, cable, or even a roof. I'm afraid of being poo because I don't want my kids to have to not have heat, cable, or a roof. I've done all I can to teach them about money and teach them that most poor people...
    Tropicana55 Tropicana55
    31-35, F
    Mar 22, 2012

    Divorce To The Poor House Combined With A Recession

    My greatest fear is poverty. I used to be quite wealthy. Two divorces (the last one a lawyer with a great divorce lawyer and me with a small town hick) have virtually wiped out all of my savings.  I still have decent equity in the house I live in but in today's market I...
    pico1012 pico1012
    66-70, M
    2 Responses Apr 11, 2010

    Push And Pull

    I dislike spending money and love to save it. My sister is the complete opposite of me though and I'm always telling her to stop spending it all on pointless purchases.I can live quite contently on a small budget but I'm afraid of being so poor I have to live on the streets. My...
    UnseenBlossom UnseenBlossom
    18-21, F
    May 30, 2011


    and in this economic crisis the threat is even more noticeably present. though at the moment we are financially secure. many of my friends are quite poor, they only get buy on benefits, which really isn't enough when there are lots of children involved. i don't want that for my...
    ForeverAutumn ForeverAutumn
    18-21, F
    Dec 22, 2008

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    yilinxx yilinxx
    22-25, F
    Oct 4, 2013

    After College

    With tens of thousands of dollar in student debt to pay back and the economy looking the way it is, I am afraid that I will be out on the street after I graduate because all I'll have is my 7.25/hour part-time job to sustain me. Being poor is one of my biggest fears in life. I...
    dancer2011 dancer2011
    18-21, F
    May 5, 2010

    I've Never Not Had This Fear.

    When I was younger, my family was POOR.  As in, my parents would let us eat first and eat later if there was food.  However, my mom had great parents with large amounts of credit so that when she turned to them, we would always have what we needed.  I know this...
    patchworkofmistakes patchworkofmistakes
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Dec 24, 2007

    I Am Poor, and Very Afraid

    I too am afraid of being poor. I grew up in an upper middle class South Texas family and never "wanted" for anything. I was in college during the materialistic Reagan years and my boyfriend at the time (husband now) grew up with a mother who was as liberal as they come...
    wifeofbipo wifeofbipo
    36-40, F
    7 Responses Jul 27, 2008

    An Insecurity

    I grew up basically middle class but my dad left when I was 10 and my mom didn't really get much work but dad has still stayed in contact and pays alimony always. Its a complex thing, not like that which you imagine. Anyway I never went hungry or cold or anything like that. I...
    Sabi87 Sabi87
    22-25, M
    Feb 11, 2010

    Where Does Your Fear Stem From? Do You Fear Poverty, Sickness, Death, Loneliness ???

      Where does your fear stem from? Do you fear poverty, sickness, death, loneliness ??? I read some fear that people have for example spiders can actually be tied back to the real fear of death, pain or sickness I think that's very interesting. After a tragic event...
    eyeonu1020 eyeonu1020
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Oct 14, 2008

    I Am Ashamed To Be Poor

    My parents are misers, they work very hard and very often. They taught me to live within my means and maintain good credit. They taught me to save money. They would not pay for major things (college, car, excess clothes), but they have always helped me some. I know they are there...
    PrrrrrT PrrrrrT
    1 Response Feb 19, 2011

    Why Worried?? Don't Be, Here Is The Solution

    Majority of us are not born in wealthy family. Some of us are chased by debt, some of us are chased by bills to pay. And it is very stressful, if it is severe, may consider of suicide.. But we all deserve much better than this. So why not from now on, you have the things you...
    yilinxx yilinxx
    22-25, F
    Sep 21, 2013


    I have never been wealthy. But that's alright. If I had a choice, I would not want to be.  If things go bad and you end up in a place you do not to be and feel if there is no escape. Have faith...something will happen and everything always works out. Sometimes things...
    lostalongtheway lostalongtheway
    41-45, F
    Nov 14, 2009

    I wonder about what life really means

    after my grandpa passed away last month. I never dealt with death before and facing it brings me to the reality. All my life has been smooth sailing and I have enough money to do a lot of things most people my age can't afford. I have dreams and I have ambitions, But somehow I...
    darling8485 darling8485
    31-35, F
    Jan 4, 2014

    What Was I Thinking?

    I don't usually subscribe to regrets, but I am kicking myself now. I really wish that I had focused more on my career path earlier in life. I got married- had kids and worked part time throughout, and off and on, but never really launched a "career", even though I did manage to...
    maoffour maoffour
    41-45, F
    Apr 8, 2010
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