Broke means broke...

@twoey68 (13651)
United States
August 10, 2007 1:38pm CST
Do you know someone who always says their broke but always seems to have money? Do you know someone who is always late on their bills, having things turned off or has bill collectors calling but always has money to eat out and blow? I know someone like that. She always complains about being broke and about how she doesn't know how she'll make ends meet. She is always having her utilities turned off and has to pay deposits to turn them back on, she waits till the last minute to pay a bill and has bill collectors calling all the time. But her family is always eating out, buying things and hiring ppl to build onto their home. I recently found out that they have several CD's for over $20,000...how can they say they are broke and have this kind of money?? When I say I'm broke it means I have no money. Not, I don't have money I want to spend, but I have no money...period. Do you know ppl like this? AT PEACE WITHIN
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• United States
13 Aug 07
Yes, I know people like this, and I never understand it either, I pince penny's and seems like we live paycheck to paycheck yet they complain they don't have any money and I see new clothes, new toys and new everything, kills me!! People should be honest!
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
13 Aug 07
I guess thats what bothers me most about it...ppl aren't honest. If your out of ready cash or you can't get to the bank, say so. Don't lie and say your broke and then go buy stuff. It seems like some ppl have no problem with being dishonest. AT PEACE WITHIN
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• Singapore
12 Aug 07
Yes, I know many sick, despicable, downright-rotten people like this. They like to say they are broke but when you pull back the curtain and seek God's wisdom, he will tell you that you are by far more broke in reality than him. Yet then again, it is hard to blame these people who claim falsely that they are broke. One reason is that they have different definitions. For instance, mine may be that I am broke since my savings are running out and I have no income. For another, it may be because he is spending $10,000 minus $200 on investment plans. It may be that he earns 10k per month, but he spends 9.8k on investments. He has to survive on $200 a month and so he says he is broke and keep asking you to pay for his stuff. But think of it this way, he has 9.8k locked away every month and this money is going to make MORE money for he. He is not broke - he is filthy rich. Do I hate these people? Yes. Am I jealous of them? Yes. Do I hate these people for the nth time? Yes.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
13 Aug 07
I agree...the definition of broke seems to depend on the person your talking about. I think I will have to develop the attitude of Bank Is Closed...LOL. AT PEACE WITHIN
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• Canada
11 Aug 07
I'm poor and broke. I make money online and that covers my internet bill for now. I barely make enough money to sit above the poverty line, actually, I think I'm living below it. I was robbed of $1200 last week, and that money was to go for a new rental as I have to move soon. So the choice has been to pay the bills or pay the rent. I've chosen to pay the bills and not the rent. Somehow, the landlord is considerate and hasn't thrown me out on my butt because of this.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
13 Aug 07
Good thing you have a good landlord. I'm sorry to hear about you losing your money...hopefully something else will come along. AT PEACE WITHIN
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
10 Aug 07
Oh yeah, I know people like this. I had a coworker who was always complaining about how broke she was, and yet bought both a boat and a car within a few months of each other! If I say I'm broke, it means I can't pay my bills AND I don't have any money to waste on other things. Right now I'm broke because I haven't been able to work in two months, and I'm trying to figure out ways to scrape together money for bills... and yet there are idiots like my coworker who claim to be broke all the time and yet spend money like crazy. I can't stand it!
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
11 Aug 07
Thats just what I mean. Another person I know will always ask for something if we go through a drive thru...always claiming to be broke but then 20 minutes later will blow money on a rental movie or some such trash. I don't know how ppl can use ppl like that. I hope things get better for you. AT PEACE WITHIN
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@xiuluoelly (1225)
• China
24 Aug 07
yes,some people like this, I still do not understand these people what kind of mentality, and perhaps others want the attention? Or afraid to lend money? Whatever they are, I think they are hypocritical.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Aug 07
I have no idea why they are this way. Thanks for posting!! AT PEACE WITHIN
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@happymommy3 (2013)
• United States
17 Aug 07
Oh yes! I know exactly what you mean and I know people like this. It really gets on my nerves and what makes me most mad is alot of the times we're helping these people out with our hard earned money. Meaning my husband and I. I have some family members that are constanly, it's almost every month actually. By the end of the month it's almost like I brace myself because I know my husbands' gonna want to help them out with their rent. I don't want to say who, but almost every month they're asking someone to help them out and it's usually us or some other family members to help out with their rent. It's hard because I want to say no, but my husband just can't say no because if we don't help they literally will be out in the streets and my husband feels horrible because they've got children and he does it just for them. I know they have a hard time but it upsets me because I know at times they're spending money on other things they absolutely don't need, and things never change with them. You'd think with after almost more than a year with almost losing your place every month, your habits and life would change and you'd start being embarrassed to ask again for help. So I understand what you mean, when I say I'm broke it literally means I'm broke, I have nothing left to spend on anything but tough it out for awhile, but I guess some people consider broke differently.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
17 Aug 07
I know someone like that too...his mom helps him out every month b/c he won't be able to pay his gas, rent or electric and if she doesn't help him out...well, he's got two kids (her grandkids) so she does it anyways. But after awhile, he gets used to it and then starts expecting it. AT PEACE WITHIN
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• Philippines
15 Aug 07
That was really amazing. I know a lot of people like that and I am annoyed at them sometimes. They wont pay me but I could observe how they waste money on useless stuffs. I have nothing against collecting items just for pleasure but I always believe that obligations should come first.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
15 Aug 07
I hate it when ppl borrow and then don't make any effort to repay it. Even if you can't repay it all...make an effort. I agree responsibilities should come first. AT PEACE WITHIN
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
15 Aug 07
Yes my brother-in-law and his wife. They seem to have the money to always get what they want when they want it. I think they tell everyone that so they won't be asked for money. But we all live in a holler together and we are closly placed so we know when they buy things. My mom,dad,brother,sister, is bad for letting bills go just so they get what they want. I guess that is why I am different bills first then only what I need. When I say I am broke I usually am except for a few pennies that might be in the cushions here and there. I rarely have money to blow so I use it wisely.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
15 Aug 07
That is how I do it too...bills first, then neccessities then if theres anything left I might get us each a treat. AT PEACE WITHIN
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@wiccania (3360)
• United States
13 Aug 07
I've known people like this and it annoys me to no end. Especially when they're the ones who are always suggesting "hey let's go to a movie" or "let's go out to eat." Well if you're broke, who's going to pay for that movie or meal or whatever??? Not I. If you say you're broke and then you decide that you absolutely must go out or something, I'm not gonna float ya.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
13 Aug 07
I guess that is how I have to get too. AT PEACE WITHIN
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@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
13 Aug 07
I know exactly what you are saying. If I say I am broke it means no money. My sister recently got divorced, she cries broke all the time. She gets over $1900 a month in child support and alimony. That is not broke. If I had that much money coming in each month, I would feel rich. She doesn't have big bills and is supporting only 2 kids. Her other son is grown and has a job. They all have new computers, digital cameras, Ipods and the latest electronic gadgets. I will say she is doing better and not saying she is broke all the time. She has also been generous with her money when she has the opportunity. I have known others who cry broke or have their utilities shut off and then order pizza, go figure.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
13 Aug 07
Yeah, figure that one out. AT PEACE WITHIN
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• Philippines
11 Aug 07
Yes! I always heared this line. "I'm broke" become so cliche, it became a habit to people to say this words, like it's normal for them. Bad thing there is when they are spending crazily but keep on saying they are broke. What a people! Or maybe I think, their income can't compensate their needs. The best thing you do was just don't mind them (:
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
13 Aug 07
LOL I don't pay them any mind its just aggravating. They say alot of ppl spend outside their means...maybe thats the problem. AT PEACE WITHIN
@rosie_123 (6118)
11 Aug 07
LOL - yes - I do know what you mean. And I guess it's because there are different levels of "broke" that means different things to different people! I know I am probably a bit guilty of it, as I often say I'm broke when I've run out of cash in my current account and have to wait til payday for some more, - even though I guess I'm really not broke because I have savings and investments and property, and could also use credit cards. I just don't have any "ready cash" to spend without going to some hassle to get my hands on it!
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
13 Aug 07
Maybe your right...I guess broke does mean broke to different ppl. But if your broke (meaning no money) I could see asking for someone to loan money to you or buy you something you need but if your broke (meaning no cash on hand) then I would think that you could either wait till payday or go to the bank. AT PEACE WITHIN
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
11 Aug 07
Hi twoey yes I have a couple of friends like that. One is a doctor and is always complaining he never has any money.LOL But he lives in a beautiful house with his wife and one child. Another friend has two houses and is always complaining he is broke. These people dont know the meaning of the word broke.LOL
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
13 Aug 07
I know what you mean...how can you cry broke and live like that? AT PEACE WITHIN
• United States
18 Sep 07
Oh yeah, I know people like this. They say they are broke but yet they are out spending money on stuff they don't need and eating out all the time. If we look like we are starting to get low in our checkbook then we don't buy stuff and we eat at home.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Same here...if we are starting to get low on money then we eat at home and no more shopping. Thank you for responding! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
• United States
28 Aug 07
Unfortunately Yes. There are always people like that no matter where you go. I can wish I had all the money they blow, but I will never get it. They are really the ones suffering so I feel sorry for them.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I don't feel sorry for them but they do confuse me. At least this discussion has made me realize a few things about ppl like that. Thank you for responding! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@BlueAngelRS (2900)
• Canada
28 Aug 07
Oh yes I know people like this a friend of mine always says he's broke but he has money to burn on getting trailors and new trucks and lawn tractors..I'm like you when I say I'm broke it means no money in pocket or bank..
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Isn't it funny how "broke" ppl can still buy all the things that they want? I wish I could do that when I'm "broke". Thank you for responding! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@meljessxena (2317)
• Australia
28 Aug 07
i know where your coming from, when i say i have no money it means no money what so ever, so cant go anywhere, buy anything etc. i know a few people actually say they are broke but have thousands of dollars and still spend as much as they want but some of them still has some bill collectors after her
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I'm the same way...broke means broke, nada, nothing, no money. Apparently this is one of those words that have different meanings to different ppl. Thank you for responding! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
27 Aug 07
Oh yes, I know one family where they are on the dole - which is unemployment benefits paid by the government. They never have enough money for anything - they can't afford to pay school fees, etc. Yet the parents both smoke, drink, wear the latest fashinable clothes (not fakes either) and drive the latest cars. They're always out to dinner or eating McDonalds or KFC, etc.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Wow, some of the things "broke" ppl get make me wonder if I'm missing something by being their type of "broke" LOL Thank you for responding! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@kitty1234 (1476)
• United States
26 Aug 07
Lol, you have just described my sister! she is always broke when we go out to lunch or dinner, but has money to buy things she wants. She will whine and cry about money but has more credit cards than she needs! she recently whined so much about money that my mom gave her a check, but the following week went on a planned vacation. Hmmmm, I smell something fishy!!!!
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Sounds like it. Whats really bad is ppl do that and then when they really do need help...no one will help them. Thank you for responding! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
26 Aug 07
I HAD a friend that was very much like that. They had no money for their kids school clothes, light bills, car repairs and groceries, but when they wanted to go bowling or go out to eat, they sure found the money, meanwhile they depended upon her mothers charity or other people to spend their hard earned money on them, while their kids suffered. I learned my lesson from helping them time and again. It angers me that people do that and are so irresponsible! She complained non-stop about being broke, yet she had a brand new laptop sitting in her bedroom, snakes, birds, dogs, and every other pet you could imagine, and the tanks, cages and so on to house them, yet their kids couldn't watch t.v. because they couldn't afford cable and they frequently ate at moms house because they couldn't afford food to put in their house because they would spend it on useless stuff that they wouldn't use to begin with. I want to spend money to and I can't, because I use my money for bills. Oh, yes maam I know people like that, but I choose to surround myself by responsible people like me who have their heads on straight.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I guess some ppl have their priorities all mixed up. I prefer ppl with their heads on straight too. Thank you for responding! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~