The poor in America - How do they live?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 45nut, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. mogunner

    mogunner Active Member

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    I guess, looking at that report, that me and the family are "poor"... went from being pretty darn comfortable to downright scared, still need to squeak it out till the middle of March before the wife's disability payments start. Right now I've got my $1k a month from my Federal disability annuity and I manage to sell about $600 in Mosin sight tools a month, my son was paying the electric bill and phone but HE just managed to mess up and get fired from his job and no unemployment yet... the daughter got on at Walmart for seasonal cashier in addition to her college classes, so I'm thinking we might have to do some creative financing, but have a fantastic landlady so we'll probably make it. No cable TV and no antenna, we get two channels that must be bleeding through the cable block. No game systems, I'm currently piggybacking on my neighbors wifi signal with his blessing on a computer that I built myself out of mostly discarded computers. We do use the local food pantry, but me and the wife already decided once we get her payments coming in, we're taking $20 a month of it and buying one lb chubs of hamburger for the pantry and whatever else we can manage to thank them for their help.
    A night out now consists of eating out off the dollar menu at McDonalds... but things could be worse. We have a roof over our heads and I manage a good meal every day for everybody, lots of soups, stews and chili but it keeps the belly off the backbone.
  2. tireman

    tireman Member

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    i grew up mid level dad had back surgery and we went quickly to church donations and commodities this was in late 60s my grandparents had a well and an outhouse butt,,,,,, we drove two hundred miles every summer to the family reunion at my grandparents small town in southeast mo that i thought was poor when in 2009 i had a thriving shop and hurt my back-----took the surgery path got out and went without income 7 months than goodness for my wifes job and a few guns to barter and sell nobodies poor some just got more than others "if life gives u lemons, make lemonade"
  3. Dennis C

    Dennis C New Member

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    With a family of 6 on a salary of 32k, I am sure I would be considered "poor" though I don't feel like we are. We watch our money carefully and pay for everything in cash. The only debt we have is our house. Unlike the government, we have to keep a balanced budget here!
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