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I Grew Up Poor

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    Why people can't respect u for reality
    truth2b truth2b 26-30, M Mar 19

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    I Have Experienced The Poor, The Rich, To Nothing - I have been lower than poor, I have been complete scum, a pebble in someone's shoes. so low that I was unnoticed as a child or...
    KandiGirl KandiGirl 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 28, 2009

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    I Never Really Knew It At the Time. - but looking back now i know we were. i never realized it when i was little, i always had plenty of toys and clothes and i know now that that...
    asdfok asdfok 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 25, 2008

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    But Life Was Good - I grew up in a poor "Irish ghetto" section of Boston. Think where Matt Damon lived in Good Will Hunting and you'll have a pretty good idea. Third floor of a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 1, 2011

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    Best Childhood - I didn't know we were financially poor. As a child you don't know what poor is. I had fun the old fashion way, was fed, and had a place to sleep. We had love and...
    nikkiab86 nikkiab86 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 25, 2013

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    My Life, A Horror Story - Having to lie because of my poor, unhealthy and unstable financial situation. Feeling dirty because we don't have access to warm water in this dirty...
    GenderPunk GenderPunk 18-21 2 Responses Apr 5, 2013

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    We lived on a parched wheat farm in Colorado. I was 12 years old before I even saw a shopping mall. I thought it was the most magnificent building in the world. The largest...
    1RenaissanceMan 1RenaissanceMan 36-40, M 1 Response Feb 19

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    Government Peanut Butter - A friend of mine asked me to share this story again.  Growing up poor is not necessarily the worst thing that can happen to a person. I am writing...
    childoftheland childoftheland 46-50, F 26 Responses Aug 24, 2009

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    Because Daddy Used To Drink - Mom had to work for a few years as a waitress because Daddy used to drink up most of his paycheck. He came home every night from work with a six pack...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine 56-60, F 4 Responses Jun 1, 2013

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    Humble Beginnings - My parents had very little money bringing up myself and my two brothers and sister. Being the first born clothes tended to be passed down to my youngest...
    Grantor9 Grantor9 51-55, M 2 Responses Sep 7, 2013

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    No One Really Knows - I grew up dirt poor.  For a while I payed the bills instead of my parents.  For a short while I was homeless.  It was bad, but I'm actually...
    Xuan Xuan 22-25, M 8 Responses Jul 1, 2010

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    Dirt Poor - Growing up we didn't have much money and I didn't have many toys, but that never stopped me from having a good time. When I was 10 my Dad got me my first pocket knife...
    FordPrefect42 FordPrefect42 36-40, M 89 Responses May 18, 2011

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    We Were Poor - It was somewhat of a depressing time. Both parents lost their jobs and sold many of their valuables. We ended up in one of them homeless shelters for a little over a...
    BornUnderABadSign BornUnderABadSign 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 10, 2013

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    Forgotten Memories - I don't remember many memories as a child. I remember bits and pieces here and there. Some kids always said I was spoiled.. The truth is, I really wasn't. My...
    MeMe0326 MeMe0326 18-21, F 4 Responses May 3, 2013

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    Same X-mas Gifts Every Year - Oh good old times! lol Every year my grandma would take out our toys from her locked closet. It was not until recently that I realized I was given the...
    onceloved onceloved 18-21, F 1 Response May 19, 2012

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    I Grew Up Filthy Poor - This is my first story so please understand I very new at this but this is a story I had to tell . Firstly I love my mum and she did the best job she could...
    Dirtykimmy Dirtykimmy 22-25, F 6 Responses Aug 2, 2012

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    It Is Stupid Assuming Before You Check - Being in the right place at the right time isn't the key to success. Realising that you're there and doing something about is the key...
    yilinxx yilinxx 18-21, F Sep 30, 2013

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    I Was So Happy Growing Up Poor............. - I grew up with my Mom and her brother, my Uncle John , in my grandfather's farmhouse. My Mother was in her 40's when I was born and...
    TheOriginalPard TheOriginalPard 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 2, 2013

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    Being Poor As A Kid Wasn't That Bad. - I have to laugh a little when I remember some of the things we did as kids.My grandma was very poor but I lived with her most of my young...
    friedchickenmama friedchickenmama 31-35 1 Response Sep 24, 2013

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    Relative Terms - Poor is a relative word.  It all depends on what you put it up against. I have a few oddities from most Americans because of my upbringing. - I have no...
    Krypton Krypton 31-35, F 14 Responses Mar 26, 2009

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    Well not necessarily poor, but I was definitely raised in a "bare necessity" type of home. Hand-me-downs and home cooked meals were a regular, and I have never had all of the...
    landhoee landhoee 18-21, M Mar 3

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    Grown To Fast - my mother,divorced my father when I was very young.I guess she got tired of his cheating and his marriage to another woman in another country while still married to...
    vicdrago vicdrago 31-35, F 4 Responses Dec 5, 2010

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    Ya....right - I grew up poor, I dress in whatever is on sale. Besides, this was Las Vegas and it was hot outside. I had saved money and took vacation from work so I could party in...
    endofseptember endofseptember 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 5, 2010

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    Being Poor - By John Scalzi Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs. Being poor is getting angry at your kids for asking for all the crap they see on TV. Being poor...
    ConfusedInCollege ConfusedInCollege 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 7, 2012

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    Yep... - My immediate family (mom and siblings...) was poor. I grew up wearing "hand-me-downs" and my sister and I didn't have many toys, just stuffed...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jul 25, 2008

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    Growing Up... - When I was three years old, my mother decided to run away from my father due to him cheating on her and how he was an alcoholic. For the first few years, we were on...
    animallover110293 animallover110293 18-21, F Apr 1, 2013

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    Real - I grew up in Perfectville USA, a quiet town with great schools and neighborhood after neighborhood of beautiful houses with manicured yards and pretty cars parked...
    deleted deleted 26-30 29 Responses Aug 28, 2008

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    From Poor...To Rich - As a child, me and my family were financially poor . We were officially homeless in the beginning and at first moved to a bed and breakfast and to various...
    candy85 candy85 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 26, 2013

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    .. - My mother and father had divorced and my father would send child support at the end if the month. My mom had a low paying job and She had to choose to either pay rent, or buy...
    jennamarie210 jennamarie210 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 3, 2013

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    My Dad Always Tried His Hardest! - my dad always tried his hardest to provide for me and my sister. But having twins is hard, if i got a new toy so did she! If we went into the...
    Emogirl22 Emogirl22 18-21, F 1 Response May 12, 2013

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    Poor Won't Be An Issue Anymore. Let Us All Dream Higher - 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...
    yilinxx yilinxx 18-21, F Sep 21, 2013

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    Wore hand me downs. Didn't have new shoes until I was in 4th grade when feet got larger than any other guy in my family. First new store bought clothes I had was in 5th grade after...
    CowboyFarmer CowboyFarmer 46-50, M Feb 28

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    Signs You Grew Up Poor - We were poor but we didn't know it is one of the biggest lies ever. Trust me if you really grew up poor you knew it. Signs you grew up poor You didn't have...
    fae430 fae430 22-25 3 Responses Apr 27, 2013

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    The Pickle Jar - I have been wanting to post in this one for awhile but couldn't find the words.  I didn't want my story to come off as a cry for others to feel sorry for me or...
    snowberry75 snowberry75 36-40, F 18 Responses Jun 2, 2011

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    I Still Remember It As If It Was Yesterday.. - i grew up poor..my father was a gambler and would constantly put us down financially by gambling everything we had. i still remember...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Jan 18, 2012

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    Yeah I grew up a cattle ranch that more often cost more to run than it brought in. We did without a lot of the things that the city kids took for granted, things like electricity...
    Manfromthemountain Manfromthemountain 56-60, M Feb 2

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    A Different Kind Of Poor - I have an older brother and younger sister, My mother was a college educated concert violinist.  My father was a college educated business man who owned...
    nanasixboys nanasixboys 56-60 5 Responses Feb 1, 2012

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    I am grateful I grew up poor. We are more blessed than those who were handed everything. We know how to rub 2 nickles together to make a quarter & we aren't nearly as wasteful. We...
    Shellybelle713 Shellybelle713 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 3

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    Well Actually I Did Not, Not In Terms Of Finances But Still Something To Share - It is an Urdu poem and in my opinion it captures what it is like for people who grew up poor. The...
    lazyangel lazyangel 22-25, M 4 Responses Jul 4, 2011

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    At the Age of 8 I started to take care for myself. We had to move to another house when I was 9 and my parents didn't have the money so I had to buy furnitures. My mother owes me...
    BlaBla01 BlaBla01 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 1

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    Poor From Lies, Greed, And Death - I read some horrible stories on here:( some people had love at least I wasn't so lucky. I was neglected and raised kind of by my grandparents...
    Shaneking Shaneking 31-35 2 Responses Mar 1, 2013

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    On and off. My dad was working class my mother comes from a well off family. My parents started poor when I was little but then owned a hardware store for most of my later...
    xSCARx xSCARx 26-30, F a week ago

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    My family used to be upper-middle class until my father was diagnosed with Leukemia when I was 5. He had to sell his business and that's when things went downhill. He struggled...
    DaniNichols DaniNichols 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 28

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    Life Less Ordinary - aw i was growing up my mother didnt have muuch but she would still make a way to provide for me and my siblings my mother is the nicest person ever and will...
    Pinkmistress Pinkmistress 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 9, 2011

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    Poor - We poor because my mom is a single mother trying to raise her to kids on her own damn it. It's hard for us plus she's on welfare.
    Simple006 Simple006 22-25, M Mar 30, 2013

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    Disgusted - I'm disgusted with people who HATE growing up poor. Who likes it? But please, you don't need to grow up to be an jerk because of it.
    Feb 14, 2013

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    I Grew Up Poor So What !!!! - when i was 5 years old, we used to live with our relatives my father don't have a permanent job that time, our house is empty we don't have a single...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 24, 2012

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    How To Get $500 In The Next 24 Hours (Video) - To a lot of people earning over $700K in a month may seem impossible… But Vick Strizheus thinks differently. Recently he tested...
    yilinxx yilinxx 18-21, F Sep 24, 2013

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    Growing Up Poor In Ohio - I was a kid growing up diring the sixties and seventies.   I lived in the country, it was pretty rural especially compared to maybe today.  Growing up...
    dairyworld43143 dairyworld43143 46-50 2 Responses Oct 27, 2011

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    Dad would get paid on Friday, and money would be paid back to the relatives. The weekend would be okay. Tuesday, we would get something called family allowance. On Wednesday, we...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 15

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    Do Not Worry, Be Happy. - We are a family without money but we have many debts, until this day. I had an experience, when we had no money. Nothing. okay? so, we ate cassava from...
    vyaa vyaa 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 25, 2013

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