How poor have you ever been? What did you do to make money and better yourself?

@dragon54u (31635)
United States
August 2, 2008 9:01am CST
I can remember one time in particular when I had no money and no job, just a little Volkswagen Beetle and a tent. So I pitched my tent out in the desert in a shady wash and got a job to save up money for a place to live. I would pick up cans before and after work to turn in for money and twice a week I would sell my blood's plasma. I camped out for two months before I saved enough for a place to live. It wasn't all bad, I love camping but it was kind of a pain taking a shower from a stolen 10 gallon water bottle propped up in a tree! Were you ever in a similar situation? What did you do, what lengths did you go to in order to escape your poverty and improve your life?
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@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
3 Aug 08
I practically grew up with a very poor family. My father is not working and very irresponsible. My mother is a sewer. My eldest sister took good care of us when our mom is not at home. There were times we have no food to eat. We got our water from deep well. Our clothes were old and weary. After graduation in college, I took the courage to work until i landed on managerial position. I married a very responsible man as well. Now, i can say, our life is much better. And I promise to myself, i will not let my children experience the same hardship I does.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Please, let them experience a little hardship. Those who don't can't appreciate what they are blessed with and take things for granted. It's good for children to have some financial hardship but they don't have to starve in order to learn. Let them struggle a little as they grow up so they'll know and appreciate the value of money and know that it's not the most important thing in the world and can't buy happiness. I'm very glad that you pulled yourself out of poverty and have a good life now. We were poor, as well, and to this day I appreciate being able to buy a few new clothes instead of wearing used ones. Because of our hardships, we appreciate what we have so much more than people usually do and that's a wonderful gift.
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• United States
2 Aug 08
Because my mother is a single parent and has some issues with learning, she was never really able to go to school to really think about getting a better job. Because of this, we lived with my grandparents and still do actually because we'd just never make it. Without their help, we'd definitely be poor. I never thought about money matters much until I started college. It's making me definitely think a lot about how I'm spending and how I should spend in the future when I'm out on my own with a job (and all those student loans).
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
2 Aug 08
You'll have a lot of peace of mind if you save, even a little. $5 a week, $2 a week, anything. It's important to have some kind of financial cushion. You may not think a couple of dollars put away counts for much but it certainly makes a big difference as it adds up. My goal is to have 6 months' living expenses in the bank and I'm halfway there but it's been hard work. Every little bit helps!
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2 Aug 08
Wow I love camping too but doing what you did for two months would of driven me barmy! Thankfully I've never had any memorable instances where I was so poor I couldn't afford food or housin, etc. Never been so poor... yet...
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
2 Aug 08
You won't be poor if you plan well and save your money towards when times are hard. Always have a backup plan!
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@soooobored (1187)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Wow, I thought I've had it rough!! I had a period in college where I literally could not afford to eat, but that only lasted a couple months. I was too proud to say anything to my roommates, but I would scarf their leftovers from dinner! Thankfully it ended, and now I have EXCELLENT food budgetting skills. Being poor builds character! It's a cliche, but absolutely true in my opinion!
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Yes, being poor teaches up many skills, the most important is avoidance of poverty! It makes us want to save and plan and pinch every penny. It's usually the poor people who are resilient and resourceful.
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@silkyt34 (324)
• United States
2 Aug 08
i have been in some pretty desperate situations but thankfully never like that.. i have worked for 50 dollars a day at for 12 hours a day cooking to support myself an 2 daughters it was one of the worst times of my life but i made sure they had a roof over their heads and food in their belly i on the other hand lost close to 70 lbs and looked anerexic but i just called it the being poor diet because my kids always came first but if i were childless i could see myself doing what you did to save up money
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
2 Aug 08
You're a very good mom, your children are blessed. I'm glad those times are over for you.
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
2 Aug 08
There have been times that my husband and I came close to hitting rock bottom. But we always manage to pull ourselves out. It has not always been easy. I can't say that we have been in the same tough situations that you have been in. There were times when we just had to drive around looking for a place to go and stayed in the woods one day and had to stand by a fire and cook beans by it. It was time that I would like to forget and I don't want to go through it again. That situation happened before we were married and it didn't last that long. We are now in a house that is alright.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Those types of times can make a couple closer or drive them apart. I'm glad your relationship came through it alright and you're now comfortable!
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• Nepal
3 Aug 08
This is not ever happened to me but I sure I will get this in future if I will not be able to get the job. At that time I will have to go on searching for food here and there. I hope my lot will make me some sort of rich .
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I doubt that you'll get rich here, but if you put aside all the money you make here and save it for the bad times, they won't be so hard. It's always wise to have money saved.
• Philippines
3 Aug 08
Hands down to you and to all the people who responded to your discussion... and I thought I was miserable... I never lived in a poor life like you do... I have a plae to live in, I eat 3 meals a day, I finished college but I cant find a job, I have savings and my parents can provide me anything I need... Right now I am not happy with my life, I dont have a job and cant find one even the easiest job... I feel miserable because well aside from being jobless, I cant help my family and fulfill my dreams, though my family have enough money to live... I just feel useless... But after reading your post and the things that happened to other mylotters who responded, I feel more thankful with my life and now believes that I can make it... You guys did, and I will for sure.. This discussion is very inspiring... Thanks to all of you! :)
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I am so happy that you've been inspired by this! Keep faith, you will find a job. These are very tough economic times, all over the world. Be frugal and watch what you spend, use as few resources as possible so that you and your family can stretch what you have till you get a job. They understand, so don't feel bad. Keep up the effort and you'll eventually succeed!
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@granmeme (162)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Yes I have been very very poor. I was raised poor. After I married at a too young age my husband joined the airforce and I went to be with him. His allotment was not coming in yet and we talked a person into renting us a little bitty house (had a carseat for a couch) and told him we would pay him as soon as money came in. It was close enough for us to walk to the base as we did not have a car. Our neighbor would turn water on for us to take a shower and we had a plum tree in back yard and ate a lot of plums. I finally got a job as a car hop at a small drive in close by. Had to tell owner I was single to get the job. After 2 months we were sent somewhere else and by than we had gotten his allotment and was able to pay rent and leave in good standing. I admire your ability to survive and get yourself going. I like to camp but do not think I want to live in a tent, although not to good to if had to.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
2 Aug 08
I admire you both for sticking together and for paying your bills to save your good name. That's very, very important. It must've been a long time ago for you to have had to say you're single!
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• Malaysia
3 Aug 08
I remembered the time I was going through hunger during my pregnancy. Thank God I received food from my neighbour and friends. I worked after giving birth to my son and I learnt computer skills. Now I can live on my own and I can support my son. Not much money I earn in this job so I am learning some new skills which can help me to become rich.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
3 Aug 08
You are a very brave woman! In my country, a woman in your position might've killed the baby through legal abortion rather than suffer the hardships that you have. Congratulations on learning new skills and being so determined. I hope all your dreams come true for you and your son.
• Canada
3 Aug 08
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
3 Aug 08
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