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Jessica wrote

No, I grew up very priveleged. My father was an engineer who was paid a six figure salary. My siblings and I went through university which was paid by our parents, and then we always have our parents to help us get back on our feet when we inevitably acted like idiots when stumbling about adulthood. I am super lucky to have this random chance, but feel sad that people around me are not given the same opportunity. :(


ziq wrote

I grew up poor enough that we often went hungry and new clothes were unheard of. I was always aware of it because my parents never stopped reminding me of it.


dele_ted wrote

My parents were twenty when they had me, and didn't have much. We lived in an allotment hut a little outside of the city. Wouldn't say we were poor, but we definitely struggled (very cold inside during the winter, no TV/computer for entertainment, not enough space for all of us etc). I had no idea we were somewhat poor until i got in school, and heard about all the fancy material stuff my classmates had. By then, things had already gotten a lot better, though, so i didn't really mind. Everything looks better economy-wise for me and the family now.


Cosmicsloth42 wrote

If I would have lived in the city my family would have been poor. Thankfully we lived out in the boonies in the Midwest and the cost of living is significantly cheaper here.


Catsforfun wrote (edited )

We weren't poor, but many of my schoolmates were extremely wealthy and made fun of me for being "poor" so I grew up with a very skewed idea of what poor was


DissidentRage wrote (edited )

My earliest memories are living in a small flat with my parents, my mother just barely into adulthood, sleeping between them on a mattress in the floor, keeping warm during the winter nights with a hair dryer. Things did eventually improve somewhat, though we ended up bouncing around with friends and family members a few times, to almost having a relatively normal life when I became a teenager. My mother made her best efforts to make sure her kids were taken care of, to the point of withstanding the pain of wisdom teeth growing in fucked up for a couple weeks so that there was enough money for us to be fed.

I think this makes us relatively poor by US standards, and I was always aware of that. I always felt bad for the people who had it worse, even when my politics were admittedly pretty reactionary in nature.


DaisyDisaster wrote

My mom was a single mother with two kids by 19 and had to work two or three jobs while going to nursing school to support us. We were poor enough that, at times, all we had to eat was cereal and mom went hungry so me and my sibling would have enough to eat. We lived this way until I was about 5 or 6, so I don't really remember much of it. My mom was working a regular job by that time, so we were much more stable.

We lived a pretty middle class life after that, although there were some (and occasionally still are) hard times, like this past December when we almost lost our house. Saving money is pretty tough when you started out with hardly nothing. You don't get too much of a chance to catch up. I'm starting out better than my mom did in some ways, so I don't think things will be too hard for me once I'm able to get a non-dead-end job.


Bitterroot wrote

Not poor, but not wealthy by any means. My parents were amazingly great at budgeting and planning, Dad worked during the day and Mom worked the night shifts when I was young. My sister and I were materially comfortable, but it was only when I got older did I realize that money was actually fairly tight at times


CameronNemo wrote

My parents both had decently large incomes. One was an engineer and the other a software developer. However, I recognized from an early age that this was their income and if I was seeing any of it, there were conditions attached.

Due to my family's means, I had opportunities that many other students didn't: I travelled to Costa Rica, several US states in the Western US, Hawaii, Italy, and Germany; I had an excellent K-12 education (which is not always the case in my state, California) and a college education at one of the world's best universities; my bikes were never particularly high end, but I did have quite a few of them; I own several musical instruments and recording equipment; I was gifted my current car (a 1999 Mercedes-Benz ML 320 with ~220k miles) at 16, it was my mother's car before she bought an Audi.

After university, I am planning to stay with my parents, since they both own their single family owns. This option gives me some flexibility in the educational path and job/internship opportunities I can securely take.


therealmidnite wrote

I grew up lower middle class... which, of course, was still pretty privileged in middle-of-nowhere Apartheid-era South Africa where I came from. I got my first t-shirt that wasn't a hand-me-down when I was about two years into high-school. It was black (which was itself quite controversial at the time). Of course, I never knew I was lower middle class until I moved to Johannesburg during my early twenties. "What? People eat at restaurants more than once a year? Do people think money grow on trees?" Boy, was I in for a shock...


Infinity wrote

I grew up on rice and beans, and bean sandwiches before we got on the school lunch plan. I don't understand why all poor American families don't do the same. I did grow up in a predominantly white area, and the kids always made fun of what we were eating. What is cheaper to eat than beans, rice, and tortillas? Usually, we got bread from the hostess store. I'm not sure if those still exist. You could get five breads for a dollar. My parents taught me how to be a frugal consumer as well as how to stretch a dollar.

I imagine that most of us on raddle grew up at least somewhere in the middle class if I'm assuming people are my age. I think that because by posting on this forum we are experiencing higher level thought process in the hierarchy of needs. We aren't in basic survival mode. We are thinking of the world outside of ourselves while focusing on solutions which we fill will contribute to making the world a better place.