Did you grow up in a poor or a wealthy family?

Croatia (Hrvatska)
February 5, 2008 7:01am CST
I was raised in an average family.. We never had plenty of money but i was never hungry or shoeless.. Of course i couldn`t buy everything i wanted at that moment and i was kinda sad but i never really wanted to look disappointed in front of my father.. I know he`s working so hard and that he`s also sad when he has to say no i cant buy you that.. right now things are much better for us.. dad has a much better paycheck since he moved to another company, and that sudden windfall was something that we needed but although he can now afford me a lots of things, i`m not greedy and i never really ask him for anything.. it`s hard to learn an old horse a new tricks, i guess.. what about you? Did you grow up in a poor or a wealthy family? what`s your story?
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@Chey1970 (1193)
• United States
5 Feb 08
My family was on the poor side when it came to actual money, but it was RICH in live and love. And that suited us kids just fine. For "family" is more important to me than money is.
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• Croatia (Hrvatska)
5 Feb 08
I agree that family love is more important, but currently we were discussing the financial situation which had effect on you as a child.. thanks for your response!
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@danzer (2732)
• Philippines
5 Feb 08
I grew up in a very poor family! You might not believe but I tasted wearing shoes when I was about to graduate in grade school. It is only by God's grace that I graduated in college and in post-graduate studies. It's a long story but it's my motivation to be different from my parents! I am establishing an online business that will be launched soon.
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• Croatia (Hrvatska)
5 Feb 08
Although i was never shoeless, i can imagine what`s like not to have money for shoes.. good luck with your business, i hope you`ll succeed. best wishes
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• United States
5 Feb 08
I think when you have paint cans for kitchen chairs your poor. When your mother fries fat bat for dinner your poor. When six kids share one slice of pizza your poor. hand me downs are still great to receive from good friends and family. But,when your relying on them for your kids. Your poor. I can't even begin to tell you what growing up poor really is. :)
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• Pakistan
5 Feb 08
i also belong to a very humble and in an ordinary family and first of all i thaks to u who has started this discussion and we have to write and recall our childhood. our village is that where no light, and no other facility but our forefathers klept on studying and studying and now we are good to face the world thanks to study and our forefathers. Muhammad Atif atifshahzad1@yahoo.com
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• Croatia (Hrvatska)
5 Feb 08
No, Thank you for your response!
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• Pakistan
6 Feb 08
y u said no thak you?
@honeylore23 (1085)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I was raised in poor family. It is very difficult. We are seven in the family and all are girls. My father works as a driver and my mother stays at home. Remembering past really made me cry at times. I remember before when my father has temporarily off to work because logs are being banned and he has no logs to carry to truck to deliver, we have tried eating rice paired with salt. And also there was one time that because we have no money to buy for rice or for any food we used my our sister cereals which is also a grounded rice and have it cooked with lots of water so everybody can eat. During times we have money, we still have to budget, one fried fish should be divided into four equal parts so we can still have vian for the next meal, sometimes instead of meat to be mixed with vegetables, we use the fried fish. In spite of our being poor my father was able to send us all to school, that is why I admire my father so much.
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• Croatia (Hrvatska)
5 Feb 08
You had a really tough childhood.. That`s what i am talking about.. Even though they didn`t have money, they wanted to educate you so you can eventually one day give your kids financially happier childhood..
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
6 Feb 08
i guess,like you i grew up in a average family where you can say i was not lavished with costly gifts and as a result i think i became independant.i think it helped me later on.now i am married with 2 kids,comfortable but not wealthy
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@foxygirle (377)
• Philippines
6 Feb 08
we was not considered poor nor wealthy. Somehow its in between but things doesnt come easy also. Sometimes you have to watch other kids belongings and feeling that you want something you can't. But eventually it made me strive rather than wait for "gracias". I guess eventually we should teach kids to work for something rather than give them immediate gratification. Through homeworks , rewards systems so that they will grow up feeling satisfied rather than spoonfed. I think that's how I felt when I was growing up.
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• Philippines
6 Feb 08
a poor family, since of course if you stay in one of the most remote areas of america it would be another story, but us living in a third world country, where you have to use all the resources around you. land for farming, water for fishing. we kids after school had to sell tomatoes to the local market just to prepare allowances for school for the next day, that if we do not work we cannot have money, and if we dont have money, we dont eat, or we have to walk a 4 kilometer distance to school. at home we need to do everything, everyone has to take all responsibility that is tasked for us. feed the hogs, the chickens, and to think these are not our herds or whatsoever you call them. they will be just taken by the owner in the time when they are big and ready to be slaughtered, and we get to be payed about 13bucks per animal slaughtered(if its fat and well rounded, only 8 bucks if defected) this is just a fragment of what we used to have, sad but true.
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@mlhuff12 (799)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I didn't grow up in a poor or wealthy family. My dad made enough that my mom didn't have to work until all the kids started school. We didn't have any fancy things. We had good christmas. A big house with a big yard in a nice neighborhood. So I guess we were in the middle.
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@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
5 Feb 08
Just like you I come from a middle-class family. That is, not much wealth but quite comfortable. I'm very thankful to God for a blessed life.
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
5 Feb 08
Amazing stories here, so far! We were poor but I didn't realize it. I thought everyone's dad worked two jobs and hunted for meat for the family. I thought everyone had mush for dinner sometimes. I'm glad I was raised like that, though. I'm very independent and can handle anything life throws my way.
@madasp (563)
• United States
5 Feb 08
My mom was a single mother with seven kids. She worked as a waitress and didn't get any support from my dad who left the state right after the divorce to avoid paying (that was in the 70s before they started tracking men down for support), so yeah I guess we grew up poor. We didn't really know it though because we always had what we needed and never went hungry. It wasn't really a bad thing because it taught all of us kids to be independant and to realize if we really wanted something we would have to work to get it ourselves. As an adult I realize what my mother did was pretty amazing and I always try to make sure she knows that.
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
5 Feb 08
Your mother really did an amazing thing.. Growing up in that situation really makes you independent and definitely helps you realize the real value of money. Luckily you are aware that she really sacrificed herself to make your life better..
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• Indonesia
19 Apr 08
i grow up on average family, i am not greedy but i always motivated to get more wealthy life. honestly everyday in my life i always thinking how come someone else could get better and wealthy life while we live on average. I never got advice or courage from my parents to be improve or better, usually they just taught me to look down and i am not agree with it. I believe faith is on our hand and we can change it as long as we fight for it.
@m3mema5 (90)
• United States
7 Feb 08
My family grew up in the lower to middle class family situation .We lived within our means and not outside of them. We had food to eat, clothing and shoes to wearand a roof over our head and the bills were paid .To us that is all we needed for we had Our Mothers Love. To this day I still live the same way. As long as we have each other , food to eat even sometimes it isnt very much , clothes and shoes to wear and a roof over our head and our bills paid we are doing fine.For we are living with in our means and not outside of them.