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I Am Poor

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    I make about $8000 per year at my steady little

    job. I have about $9000 in the bank, and with this I manage to pay the rent on my caravan site, food, entertainment, and the rest. Barring serious illness, I calculate that I can keep doing this for many years without government support. I have lots of time to read, watch videos...
    JamesGardener JamesGardener 51-55, M 1 Response Jun 6, 2015

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    To my Parents- Why would you have kids

    if you knew you couldn't afford to look after any of us. Why would you chuck the money around like it was nothing when we had it. Why would you waste it on crap we don't need. Oh look daddy owes the police all the money we don't have, what will you do now mommy? Once he's...
    Tamika123 Tamika123 16-17, F 2 Responses May 28, 2014

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    We could blame the government,

    but then people would say we are just being lazy and the sound of their voices in enough to jump off a cliff twice. The worst thing about being poor is asking for help; people just think your greedy. It isn't being greedy, it having the hopes that someone would actually help...
    Unknown1047 Unknown1047 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 21, 2015

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    I know it sounds all "first world problems"

    but it irritates me so much I am broke. My mother lets me put aside $20 a week. Sometimes $40. $40 is too much for us and we will suffer badly with food. (Not even joking we will be nearly starving) But that's all I have to spend. It's not much to buy the things I want when...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 46-50 3 Responses Feb 22, 2015

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    Which is a fact of life

    for me ,probably always will be but its strange to say that I am the kind of person that is content no matter how much or how little I have.I almost feel pressured to come from a sad or angry position on this but the truth is Im not either.But being that Im poor I do things like...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 8, 2015

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    It's ironic that I've always had a desire to

    help the poor and the homeless, yet somehow I ended up being in a similar position. I wasn't always like this, actually I was an honor roll student, going to college and working a job on campus. I had big plans about my career and my future... Then I got sick. That changed...
    sweetiepoo sweetiepoo 26-30, F Nov 7, 2014

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    Shadowmantle Shadowmantle 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 14, 2015

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    I feel so terrible about my parents losing

    money having me around the house. I know I'm a financial burden, even though they assure me I'm not and even though I gave all my money from the last few months to help with bills and unexpected expenses. I had over $2000 saved, from tutoring during the school year and from...
    amountofsocks amountofsocks 22-25, F Jul 7, 2015

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    I am a 14 year old boy.

    I am using a 2.5 years old phone, 2 years old schoolbag, a extremely low specs pc and a old console gifted by my aunt. My dad earns 4500$ every month and he doesnt want to spend anything on anyone not even himself. All my friends use branded products and get a new phone every 3...
    TheLoneAnonymous TheLoneAnonymous 13-15, M a week ago

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    I have a roof over my head

    and clothes, but I can't afford anything other than rent and necessities. How am I supposed to raise my baby?
    PoorandLonely PoorandLonely 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 11, 2015

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    Im 21... My mom died

    when I was 16, and my father took care of me til last year when he passed. A month after his 67th birthday, he was everything to me. At that time, I had 10 grand saved up, and Firefighting under my belt. I finished emt school and am sitting on 7 grand. The house we lived on was...
    gplatt1 gplatt1 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 11, 2015

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    You know what really annoys me?

    Food stamps. My family was never eligible for food stamps, and with 4 other siblings, buying food was a challenge, I remember, we grew up on cans of corn beef hash and water, EVERYDAY, I go into stores and see these fat people with a cartloads of JUNK and they pay for it...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Oct 6, 2014

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    I am not doing too well financially

    but I'm rich in spirit and wisdom.
    AddyAddyAddy AddyAddyAddy 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 19, 2014

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    When The Recession came,

    my parents became overworked, and I fell into severe depression, because I thought I was a burden, and my existence was a crime. I couldn't function, and I had no idea why. I wasn't happy for 6 years (12-18). Time started moving again when I figured out, I was punishing myself...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 19, 2015

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    I don't have a job, very little money

    and have no qualifications. My family rarely shares their money with me. I get a bit through babysitting and generally being good. I still feel blessed, at least I have a home and food. Those without a home, family or food are truely poor.
    sarahsummersrockz sarahsummersrockz 18-21, F 8 Responses Jun 20, 2014

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    "Poverty entails fear

    and stress and sometimes depression. It meets a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts that is something on which to pride yourself but poverty itself is romanticized by fools." - J.K. Rowling
    brandonflowers brandonflowers 16-17 1 Response Aug 13, 2015

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    How Poor People Can Be.

    One day, a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be.They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from the trip...
    mulder mulder 26-30 14 Responses Nov 15, 2007

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    it is annoying to work by washing people's

    houses and beg for money after school.
    mikiiroxx mikiiroxx 26-30, F 3 Responses Mar 23, 2015

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    So I saw a post about how poverty doesn't make

    you strong and I really had to contribute to that argument with my thoughts on the matter: I usually don’t put my two cents in, but let me tell you something about poverty. It ******* sucks. But don’t you dare say that it made you weak. And yes, I understand, it is...
    lavenderluna lavenderluna 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 9, 2015

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    A Teacher With No Money

    At 25 all i have in my account is $60. It's not just the loans I have to pay back, I make enough to pay back loans and pay my bills but not enough for myself. I've been struggling with this for 3 years. My phone bill this month came up to $413.86 because my idiot heartless...
    khushali11 khushali11 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 19, 2011

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    I am 31 years old and I am poor.

    I am not poor in the sense that I have no money to buy food, but I am poor in the sense that I have no savings. I grew up in a very poor family, both my parents worked very hard but made very little money, I always knew that we were very poor so I never asked my parents to buy...
    whatever4009 whatever4009 31-35, M 4 Responses Mar 19, 2014

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    I don't like my mother at all.

    I may even hate her. But I still feel so bad for her. Ever since she separated from my father two years ago, she has been in a downfall. She used to get mad when our church sent a food box at Christmas because she would take offense. She was a proud middle class woman and she...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 17, 2015

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    Still Poor

    Today I woke up in tears. My mom is four months behind on rent, The eletric is due to be cut off any day, and ontop that we already had our gas cut off. I live off of disability and my moms income is cut in half. Her bills are more than our income together and the worst part is...
    mindlesskimi mindlesskimi 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 13, 2012

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    I'm actually very poor,

    I never want any of my friends coming to my house because it's a dump, I'm homeschooled, I feel like I'm the "poor kid" to all my friends, they all have a lot of money, and they all have a great family that actually does stuff with them, I hate having sleepovers, because...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jul 19, 2014

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    I hate being so poor.

    It's ******* depressing, and stressful.
    Futuresdiary Futuresdiary 13-15, M 2 Responses Aug 31, 2015

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    I'm poor. :( I live with an old school friend I

    chanced into meeting one day and he took pity on me and let me move in with him.. I hardly own any cloths I can't afford deodorant I'm just broke and I hate it :( I don't know what to do anymore
    PrototypeBri PrototypeBri 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 31, 2014

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    It's embarrassing to live in a wealthy town

    and be amongst the poor. Sure, I have luxuries like a television set and my very own phone, but those seem so petty in the reflections of the glimmering, golden teeth of fools so rich that even a million, living boxes won't satisfy their hunger for more. To qualify for a...
    brandonflowers brandonflowers 16-17 4 Responses Aug 13, 2015

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    When people say why don't you travel?

    I always say not everybody can afford to travel in my heart. These questions are tough to people who can't change their life quickly. Some people think being rich mean hard working,i will say no with passion and anger. Many people die in my country due to poor. Do you really...
    babyblueeee babyblueeee 31-35, F Jan 25

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    I'm So Tired Of Struggling

     I have been poor my whole life. In a nation as wealthy as America, i often feel like i don't fit in. My friends will say things like, "i'm so broke," while they have $4,000 in their savings account and parents who will hand them cash whenever they want it. Everything i see...
    Mistletoe10 Mistletoe10 26-30, F 136 Responses Nov 17, 2009

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    I'm glad I start of living poor with my family.

    I now have experience and an idea what to be like being poor. Low money , low food , clothes and product. It actually open my mind how my parents never gave up on life and try their best everyday to bring food in the house. I love my parents for that. I always wear the same...
    LonelyKittenZ LonelyKittenZ 16-17, M Dec 31, 2015

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    I hate money, it seems to control everything

    and when your from a place where most are living in poverty it's very hard to get out from it. I'm lucky to have what I have, but what I have is very little. We can just about afford food and have been trying to save up for a couple months for something which is very important...
    Ariellight Ariellight 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 11, 2015

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    Sometimes, I like to go to clothing stores

    online, and add everything I want to my cart, and then pretend to buy it. Since i actually can't. Is that's weird?
    kaylynx kaylynx 16-17, F 3 Responses May 25, 2015

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    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 46-50 1 Response Mar 7, 2015

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    Ellen

    So I don't like her cuz she is making the rich richer. The last episode I saw was a family with a dad in the army and a fat mom and little boy. They had nice house and their issue for being sooooooo poor was that they can't afford professional photos of the family. I haven't been...
    CourtneyRose001 CourtneyRose001 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 6, 2012

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    So Im Selling My Panties

    Growing up, I've always been an all-around good girl--conservative, polite, and intellectual. I'm 18 years old and this has been one of the most stressful times in my life. With the cost of college at over $24,000 a year for me it's hard to get by, and especially because I love...
    lovesasha lovesasha 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 15, 2013

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    I live in a tiny, one hundred year old house,

    my bedroom is the size of a closet, we can barely afford bills, I'm homeschooled, our house is 2 bedrooms but I have 5 siblings living with me, since I'm the youngest I have to sweep, mop, vacuum, dust, do laundry, fold laundry, feed the animals and occasionally help my dad...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Nov 25, 2014

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    I just found out that in my home (the uk) 93%

    of the population is richer than me
    WildWolfGirl WildWolfGirl 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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    sarahsummersrockz sarahsummersrockz 18-21, F 6 Responses Mar 30, 2015

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    I try to save money but no matter what always

    fall short when it comes to paying bills. I want to work hard and pay my bills, but it isn't working. I've always been poor and im so scared that won't change no matter how hard I work.
    need2Bcontrolled83 need2Bcontrolled83 31-35, F Jul 30, 2015

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    My family has been going through a really tough

    financial problem. Well, my dad is rich and doesnt give my mum a penny not even for his two children (they're separated) I cried today when my mum bought me a deodorant and a toblerone from the very little money she earns :')
    Ilovecharlie Ilovecharlie 18-21, M 6 Responses May 28, 2014

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    I hate money. It makes me angry

    that it's getting used for corrupted purposes >:( like for starters PLEASE STOP confusing the terms "Affordable" with "Expensive". -_- $4,000 a month for rent is NOT affordable! Come on WHO'S INCOME ARE YOU LOOKING AT?? It's sure as hell isn't mine. >:( Okay mini-rant over.
    Cloe89 Cloe89 22-25, F Jan 13

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    I am experiencing poverty right now.

    As my parents have bought an apartment they have lost most of their money. They only have their salaries and some savings i guess. and they are not rich. we are middle class forever. i can't remember wasting lot of money, eating outside home a lot. on the other hand my cousin...
    Moon88855 Moon88855 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 1, 2015

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    I hate being poor I grew up poor

    and even thought I knew in life that I probably wasn't gonna be filthy rich one day I did promise myself if I had children I wouldn't see them go hungry. well today I break that promise. my fridge is practically empty, all I have is frozen sausages, .2 cans if mixed fruit a...
    AiymaSnikies AiymaSnikies 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 20, 2015

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    I was born into a lower,

    working-class family. My father was a Chief petty-officer in the Navy, and a supervisor on the Shipyard so the Navy was a big part of his life I guess. He divorced my mom when I was in the first grade and his leaving took a toll on me. My mom immediately began working as a...
    junkyardsaint junkyardsaint 51-55 1 Response May 22, 2015

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    i have never made any money

    for my family, am a nasty parasite of my parents i hate myself . i am so worthless to be loved
    KuSeGanTian KuSeGanTian 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 24, 2015

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