Poverty isn’t something that you can understand just intellectually—to truly understand someone’s financial struggles, you have to have been where they are. And, frankly, not everyone gets what the grind to survive is like. But getting a glimpse into the everyday hustle can be eye-opening… even if it is but a glimpse.

Redditor 192335 created a viral thread on r/AskReddit and urged internet users to share the things that most people don’t understand about being poor. Have a read, upvote the answers that you agree with, and if you’re feeling up to it, share your own experiences with financial struggles (and how you overcame them) in the comment section. 

Financial expert Sam Dogen, the founder of the Financial Samurai blog, spoke to Bored Panda about financial freedom, the importance of consistency in our investments, as well as the things that you need in order to build wealth. You'll find our interview with him below.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) Just how little money it would take to drastically help reduce the average person's stress by well over 50%. I see stories like Post Malone putting 1.5 mil in his mouth, or how much the Kardashians spend on a birthday party & it makes me puke with the sheer pointless extravagance. It's time we stop treating flaunting wealth & excess like anything other than sociopath behavior in light of the world right now.

Booji-Boy , terimakasih0 Report

K Witmer
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5 months ago

Yes to all of this

Renske de Jonge
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh luckily Chaelsi46 came to the rescue. Now we can all get rich. First time the comment is on topic.

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Saint Thomas
Community Member
5 months ago

It's also time multinationals and other big companies pay their fair share of taxes. It could solve global poverty and hunger in a few months...

Neil Bidle
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5 months ago

Don't forget all the rich celebs askin us to donate money when they get more in a day that we do in a year

Jeanie Roundy
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5 months ago

Thank god that donations are tax deductible, eh?

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John Juan
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5 months ago

Here in good 'ol "Murica", income disparity is accelerated by policies that tax earned income (money paid for working a job) at a higher rate than capital gains (money created by investments). But lots of working class folks keep voting against their own self interests because of racism, religion, and other forms of ignorance promoted by the obscenely rich, corporate overlords who have taken over control of one political party.

Louloubelle
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes, and also because they sincerely believe these autocrats will improve their lives. And yet, when it doesn't happen, they continue to vote for them (cough, cough, Mitch McConnell)

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Ladytiger
Community Member
5 months ago

The audacity of celebrities like the Kardashians is beyond me. Even during COVID when many lost their jobs and were struggling, that family showed off their wealth daily while also being culturally offensive. Disgusting

Requiem
Community Member
5 months ago

Post Malone has been doing a lot to raise money to help various charities that are supporting those in need throughout the coronavirus pandemic and he’s back to it again with a new initiative where he’ll be giving his own money to fans to donate. The rapper is recognizing that not everyone can afford to donate to charities right now, so instead he’s making $1 million of his own money available for fans to determine where it should be donated. Read More: Bad Religion and Alkaline Trio are canceling their tour so fans get refunds The decision to make more money available for donating was made after the massive success of his charity Nirvana livestream. Last Friday, Post Malone hosted a livestream concert where he was joined by blink-182‘s Travis Barker for a performance of entirely Nirvana covers. During the stream, fans could donate to The United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for The World Health Organization. Within the first hour, over $1 million was raise

Sorican
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5 months ago

1 million is a very small fraction of his income. to put this in perspective, his net worth (not his income from rapping) is apparently somewhere like 30 million in 2020. assuming half of it is invested in stocks, with a low-end yield of ten percent returns, yearly, is still going to be one point five million in largely passive income. this is ignoring that most people that wealthy will have their investments in places like hedgefunds, or other high-performance investments, that blow that ten percent return out of the water- and generally, you'll have a lot more than just half that invested. (it sitting around doesn't make all that much cash, relatively speaking.)

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Chris Longski
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5 months ago

Celebrity culture is hollow and vacuous. They lecture us nobodies a lot to do what they would never do.

Johnny
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5 months ago

A wealthy person spending money on an expensive birthday party isn't so bad -- that money flows to caterers, event coordinators, waitstaff, etc. Spending it on an expensive diamond is worse.

An Co
Community Member
5 months ago

Who exactly do you think the party people the Kardashians pay are? I will give you a hint, they are not Billionaires. They are waiters, cooks, janitors, and party planners. Only the party planner themself is not poor. To tell the truth, I am sure that when you pay for an extravagant party more of your money goes to POOR PEOPLE than when you give to charity.

Sorican
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Your economics needs a lesson. Trickle-down economics has been debunked for almost a century, before Reagan picked it up. (under the tag Horse and Sparrow Theory, 1890's). it doesn't work, because the people you're saying 'benefit' are usually paid crap, and relatively few people are actually making respectable profits off those parties. (namely, the not-poor party planner,)

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CindyLouWho1209
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5 months ago

And what do the rich in this country do for the less fortunate? You never hear about them doing anything like the philanthropists from the past like Andrew Carnegie who built libraries all across the country for all the citizens to use. What do todays millionaires do for society?

Becky Samuel
Community Member
5 months ago

Have you never heard of the Bill Gates Foundation? Or have you been living under a rock? How about Dolly Parton giving millions to Covid vaccine research? There are many, many examples to choose from. This does not mean that I'm defending the super-rich in any way, but I don't believe that they're any better or worse now than they ever were.

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E. Morgan
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5 months ago

We need to change the nomenclature used to describe the extravagant rich. We need to call them Wealth Hoarders. Everyone hates hoarders. When 10% of the world population controls over 90% of the wealth of the world there needs to be a more egalitarian and equitable way to do things. Wealth Hoarder.

Don't Look
Community Member
5 months ago

I really do wonder if the people out there essentially supporting the kardashians wealth actually have a clue that they are merely doing that. Buying "the brand" supports the overlord. Supporting/defending them in a comment is sheer proof of that.

Mewton’s Third Paw
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5 months ago

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I don’t see them as overlords. That wouldn’t make sense. I see them as women who push boundaries and upset common people who try to reconcile their anger at sexual women by pretending the Kardashians are somehow less worthy because they aren’t esteemed actors or singers. That’s so stupid and classist but none of you see it. I will forever buy their stuff because of that. And the racial stuff too. There’s so much to it that most of you guys aren’t equipped to understand and yet you level that same accusation against others. The irony.

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Beth Arriaga
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5 months ago

Wealth in the billions is an obscenity. Yes, make your money and be comfortable, but wealth like Bezos is obscene in my opinion.

Mary Rose Kent
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5 months ago

Especially when you know he treats his employees like pond scum. I NEVER, EVER USE AMAZON.

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Cameron Jacobs
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5 months ago

Omg yes! Any time I see these celebs spending money on dumb extravagant sh*t and flaunting it, my first thought is "they could have helped soooo many people with that money", I used to volunteer at a few homeless shelters in Toronto, I personally know how impactful and necessary even the smallest donations are. In one of the shelters they used DISH SOAP as body wash because they couldn't afford proper toiletries for residents. I took up a collection at work for Christmas and we raised $1300, everyone got a toiletry bag and they were all over the moon. It literally made their day. It was achingly beautiful to witness, we take sooo much for granted.

Derek Liu
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5 months ago

Dear Fellow Pandas, Don't Downvote me for this but its their money i beleive if they earned it they can decide what they do with it, sure it may seem selfish but you cant expect someone to give things that they earned even iif it seems right.

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
5 months ago

My family was desperately poor (not enough food poor) when I was growing up, and when I began making decent money in my job (not heaps, but more than I absolutely needed to live on), I developed the credo that I either needed to volunteer my time or make donations to charitable causes. I mostly did the latter, but now that I’m retired and living on a much reduced income, I should be volunteering, but so many volunteer activities seem to require a lot of standing, which I can’t really handle. I’m hoping that once the pandemic is truly over, I can volunteer at the ASPCA helping socialize new kittens and puppies so that people will adopt them. I’m also a wiz with Excel and Word, so I could also give office support as well.

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Patti Vance
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5 months ago

yes, yes, YES! when a person is a 'celebrity' due to actual talent such as film, art, music, etc. they will on all sorts of media which is acceptable. but, when a person's status reaches a point where they are literally throwing $$ into crazy things such as malone or the media has pushed a person with no talent or redeeming social qualities (looking at you, kardashians) then it is disgusting. however, part of the problem are people who, for some reason, idolize them. as for their wealth, well...close those tax loopholes & make them pay a fair share like the rest of us. many have enough to live 10 lifetimes & live it well.

Lav Oravaf
Community Member
5 months ago

well said and also let's stop making influencers and various celebrities important. let's start speaking about normal people working hard every single day just to make it to put some food on the table.

Mary Rose Kent
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5 months ago

Just the word “influencers” makes me want to 🤮

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Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

We also spend billions to incarcerate the poor, disenfranchised and mentally ill, we Americans actually siphon money from education and social services to pay for incarcerating 20% of the population. Mostly the poor or non whites. Kentucky has the highest population of incarceration in the nation. Prisoners are released with stipulations which make it impossible to get housing or jobs, ensuring a revolving door in the prisons. It sickens me daily

Karen Scheltema
Community Member
5 months ago

And don't get me started on the for-profit prisons. They make money by insuring that there is a revolving door. More people equals more money. Less quality services (think food) = equals less money spent, more profit. Less medical/psyc treatment = less money spent, more profit.

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Requiem
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5 months ago

Holy s**t that Post Malone is such a money hungry Sociopath, Jesus

Mewton’s Third Paw
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5 months ago

How? He seems like an average rapper / music star.

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Mrs. Jan Glass
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5 months ago

Billionaires should be illegal.

kjorn
Community Member
5 months ago

yep. those asshole don't realise that how much their pocket change can change the life of others.

Requiem
Community Member
5 months ago

yes some of those assholes started off poor and worked to be rich so they could give their families more. Except the Kardashians. Why is asshole an acceptable word on here and other appropriate words arent?

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Terri Rimmer
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3 months ago

Not being able to afford a stamp.

Neill Powell
Community Member
4 months ago

The primary tool for this is education.

Susan Egan
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes to this all the time, not just right now.

JJM
Community Member
5 months ago

It's entitlement and it is getting out of hand. Seems some celebrities like to flaunt their wealth in front of the middle class - 'look what I've got and you don't".

Karen Scheltema
Community Member
5 months ago

The commentary in this article by Samurai Blog is completely oblivious to the fact that if you start out in poverty, realistically how the hell would you ever be able to implement his advice. It is not easy to escape poverty. His advice is for the middle class.

backatya
Community Member
5 months ago

kardashians are stupid

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
5 months ago

Totally agree. Also so sick of hearing who donated money to charity that poor people never see or have to jump through hoops to get a tiny bit of help

SocksNeverMatch
Community Member
5 months ago

In my 20's out on my own, I hated watching action shows and movies. I could not afford a car and they were blowing them up :(

Richard Portman
Community Member
5 months ago

One thing about them, they think there is not enough so don't share. We think, there is not enough but we will find a way, or die trying. Sorry about the English.

Richard Portman
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh nevermind there is no way to explain to them. They hire people like me and you to do everything and throw us away when we are worn out. They copy our clothes and call it fashion. They waste food. They don't bother to learn non prestige languages. They think there is not enough to go around.

v
Community Member
5 months ago

Will you let me tell you how to spend your money?

3004Hardly
Community Member
5 months ago

The thing is you don't know what they may be contributing with public knowledge. So judgy but I get where you're coming from

Mary Montejo
Community Member
5 months ago

Or the comments that they have worked so hard for the money so let them enjoy it.

Vasana Phong
Community Member
5 months ago

The amount they spend in a day for an event of some sort, can change 10 struggling families for life

Soggy Crumpet
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5 months ago

This is true. Which is why it’s the workers who make the parties happen are getting paid.

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Marcus James Heslop
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5 months ago

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Erin Snodgrass
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5 months ago

Capitalism in a nutshell. Selfishness

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Monic Krugell
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5 months ago

Like how much must you think of yourself to spend enough money to feed a whole village on yourself just for "fun" and not consider all the social issues that you can actually easily solve from your private bank account ?

Eslamala
Community Member
5 months ago

Even though I find it stupid, ridiculous, tasteless and whatnot, I don't give a shït about rich people showing off their money... I get more upset when I see politicians, military or anyone who works for the government wasting our taxes. Especially the military.

Requiem
Community Member
5 months ago

Thhaats Politicians!!

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Maryo Nu
Community Member
5 months ago

This!!!

Rebecca Summers
Community Member
5 months ago

Can someone make this a global story!!!! Why are we not vomiting everyone someone shows off excessive wealth, this is not be congratulated, this is why half the world can't eat, let's stop glamorizing wealth, u should be ashamed to be that rich!!!

Jrizzy Jay
Community Member
5 months ago

It is not post malones job to give his money to all the poor people. This suggest that he has never helped anyone with his money. If he wants gold teeth and he earned the money to afford it then he can have it and not be called a sociopath.

I I
Community Member
5 months ago

boils my piss the difference of the haves and have nots , its getting worse every year , capitalism only works till it doesn't

Ben Smith
Community Member
5 months ago

Maybe work harder and whine less

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Mya Lugar
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5 months ago

That's Gods honest truth. It's sinful to spend so much on yourself, your family, your friends. They have few NEEDS. Many people have many NEEDS, which are so essential that they have NO WANTS.

Erin Snodgrass
Community Member
5 months ago

Excellently said. I've ALWAYS felt this way.

Jrizzy Jay
Community Member
5 months ago

I ordered extra cheese on my burger, I could've relieve a homeless persons stress, guess im a sociopath. I bought some new rims for my car, guess im a sociopath for not helping a homeless person. I subscribed to 3 new video services, this money every month could be relieving the stress of homeless people. Guess I'm a sociopath. See how this logic pertains to us all, you can't berate a millionaire for spending his money as he wants when you do the same. We could all help, but most don't.

Renske de Jonge
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5 months ago

That's why everyone who earns money is forced to pay taxes for em here. Ppl are selfish, thus they're forced.

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Ben Smith
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5 months ago

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Quit with the jealousy.

Erin Snodgrass
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5 months ago

Ben, gag. No one is jealous; we genuinely care about humanity.

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Andrei Iepure
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5 months ago

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But, at the end of the day, it's their money and they can do whatever they want with it, regardless of anyone's opinion on the matter.

Pervinca
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5 months ago

Ok, but we have to be honest knowing that majority of rich people were also very lucky in their life. Being born in a rich family or having good and stable parents isn't something all people have. Having the opportunity to do some type of business is much more difficult when you are from a poor or even average family. The access you have to education and the type of mentality that surround you are different. If we also consider people being poor in developed or third world countries the difficulties grow exponentially. For me pretending charity donations or more taxes from very rich people is a way for them to repay from their luck (it's not all about luck, sure. But hard work alone isn't enough to become rich).

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) As a child in poverty, how little opportunity you have, so many extra curricular activities cost money that just isn't available, I grew up in a trailer park with a crack addict mum & an alcoholic dad. If I wanted to do something it had to be free & I usually had to forge my mums signature on permission forms. We never had food, I learned to shoplift by 2nd grade. Winters were cold. I still excelled at school, because it was my escape from a shitty home life. I got taken into the foster care system, but I never got adopted, I was in a sh*tty group home, the only way out was to get a job & prove that I could live independently, so I left school at the end of 8th grade & got 2 jobs, cause the wage for a 14y.o.is sh*t, I got signed out of the system, I loved & valued education, so I signed up to do my school certificate & higher school certificate through technical college via distance education. I worked hard & did well, I applied to medical school & smashed the UMAT test. When I got to the interviews, everyone else had all these stories about the community work they did, or learning trips overseas, they'd all had tutoring. It dawned on me that while I was working 60+ hours a week to make a living, these people had been doing things to get a leg up, cause they could, cause they had resources I never had. Being born into poverty is like starting the race 10m behind the block with a broken leg.

physiokat , Chinh Le Duc Report

K Witmer
Community Member
5 months ago

And people that say if you work hard you'll get rich. It may happen but to only a very very small few compared to millions of very hard workers.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) Money is practically all you think about. Money does not buy happiness, but not having money certainly buys constant anxiety

pajamakitten , Sharon McCutcheon Report

𝖊𝖆
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5 months ago

If I have more in my account than i’m expecting when checking my balance, I panic thinking “what bill have I forgotten to pay”.

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Sam, the founder of the Financial Samurai blog, shared with Bored Panda that the key to financial freedom is building passive income streams so that we aren't "overly dependent" on the income from our day jobs. "The more passive investment income streams you have, the better. Starting with stocks or funds that generate dividends is the easiest for most investors because you can open up a brokerage account and buy just one share. Then you can invest in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and private REITs as well," he explained.

According to the expert, the key is consistency and building up your investments slowly, over time. Sam warned us that buying and selling cryptocurrencies won't generate any income because "it is more of a speculative play." Despite how lucrative it might all sound, it's still a risk. You'll find the expert's ranking of the best passive investments right over here.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) People who aren't poor don't understand how the expenses stack on top of one another all the time.

Your car breaks down, the cat needs to go to the vet, you find out that your financial aid DOESN'T fully cover your tuition now that you're at university and not community college... All of this, in a never ending barrage one after another, on top of regular bills.

That's why the people who go "jUsT sAvE mOnEy" piss me off. When you're at a certain level of poverty, you can't because you're always on the knife's edge between survival and not being able to pay bills. You need every dime you have and then some.

EgyptianDevil78 , Artem Beliaikin Report

Otter
Community Member
5 months ago

There's an old saying: "It's very expensive to be poor". Because there's no big-box supersavers in your area so you buy too many groceries at the expensive corner convenience stores, local services are minimal and they raise prices because they have local monopolies, your used car costs 4x its sticker price in repairs but you can't afford to replace it, etc.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) "Poverty is not just bad decisions — poverty is an ENVIRONMENT. It's bad roads. It's poor city and county governance. It's a lack of generational wealth. It's a lack of access to a grocery store, a doctor, a bank lender, a dentist, plumbers or electricians, a lawyer, a school, a car lot, both financially and geophysically. It's despair in your landscape through forgotten and abandoned buildings that once housed businesses and families, now left to rot, while you're too poor to leave. It's watching others struggle while you yourself are unable to help, because you can’t keep your head above water either.

Ribonacci , Chronomarchie Report

Otter
Community Member
5 months ago

I really wish I could give more than one upvote!

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) I can't just 'quit my job' to 'find something better.' Interviews take time that I don't have. I can't just skip work to go for interviews

Juan_Tutri , SnapwireSnaps Report

Otter
Community Member
5 months ago

This goes x10, if you're working multiple part-time jobs.

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Sam told Bored Panda that after doing an analysis of Credit Suisse's annual Global Wealth Report, he came to the conclusion that building wealth requires four things: belief, grit, time, and community. "Roughly 35% of Financial Samurai's readership are millionaires compared to only 6.5% of America's population. Therefore, learning as much about your personal finances as possible and interacting with a community are very important," he said that the information we absorb and the communities (both digital and real) that we surround ourselves with are vital to our long-term success.

"Instead of just reading a book, I'd subscribe to your favorite personal finance site for free that's continuously writing about new ways to build wealth. Get involved with people who are continuously taking action to build more wealth," he suggested how we can all further our education in the world of finance.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) Being poor is exhausting. It's draining, mentally and physically, and everyone needs a win sometimes. Sometimes that win is finding a way to just afford a meal out or a movie. Yeah, you do have bills to pay, but everyone needs a breath of fresh air sometimes. A struggle needs a break every so often

BogeyBogeyBogey , Ben Hershey Report

RadiatorAnkleSpider
Community Member
5 months ago

My family and I saw a homeless man waiting outside the restaurant we were dining at, just hoping to score someone’s leftovers. 10 minutes after my family and I were seated the homeless man follows in two ladies to a table. The two ladies invited this homeless man to dine with them. He looked like he just won the jackpot. This memory will stay with me forever.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) Good, healthy food is expensive after bills, and cheap food makes you feel like sh*t

TheSexySovereignSeal , ComputeFarm Report

Andy Acceber
Community Member
5 months ago

Yup. And healthy food that is cheap takes FOREVER to cook. With public transit, multiple jobs, etc., you don't have as much time when you're poor.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) We can’t be fad minimalists. We don’t let go of most of our stuff because, yes, we might need them in the future, and we’d rather not buy them again

thejynerso , Sbringser Report

Daria B
Community Member
5 months ago

True. And then, if you happen to be lucky enough to get elevated onto a higher economical level, hoarding becomes a problem too. Because you have it in your bones from your background of poverty. I don't complain, though.

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Meanwhile, in my previous interview with Sam, he explained that the lack of financial education is the biggest barrier for people to rise out of poverty and become rich. And if you are stuck financially, your priorities always have to be food and then shelter.

“We learn things like chemistry, geology, and English in high school and college, but there are no mandatory courses on personal finance. For example, if more people thoroughly understood their mortgage contracts before signing, the housing crisis between 2008 – 2010 may not have been as deep,” he told Bored Panda earlier.

“In another example, if more people knew they could negotiate a severance instead of quit with nothing, more people would have a more comfortable financial runway to take their time and find a new job or start a new business that is truly meaningful to them. The more people are empowered with financial knowledge, the better financial decisions they can make to ultimately live the lives they desire.”

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) The fear. Fear of something unexpected you haven't budgeted for. Fear of a knock at the door from a debt collector. Fear of having to choose which of your children can eat more than once today. Fear of having to choose which days you go hungry so your children can eat at all

flossgoat2 , geralt Report

Daniel Cadman
Community Member
5 months ago

We are all in that boat, wife and i have agreed to always pay rent on time. That way if we have to skip a meal or two at least we are warm and safe.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) It takes two to three times longer to get anywhere on the bus than in your own car. That means leaving for work earlier and coming home later. In many places, the buses don't run as often on the weekends. Grocery shopping on the bus means just getting what you can carry, which means going more often, which means more time wasted waiting

old-father , Clay Banks Report

Lunar Bicycle
Community Member
5 months ago

Going home from my Saturday shift used to make me really anxious, because about half the time my bus would pull up just as my connecting bus was pulling away. It was an hour before the next bus. Wait for the first bus, ride for 20 minutes, miss the conbection and wait an hour, ride for 30 minutes, walk home for ten. Then when I got a car? 15-20 minute drive to work. I gained nearly two hours a day.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) You can have a job and still be poor. You can have a job where you earn $1,000 each month, but if your rent is $600–$700 each month, you spend $100+ on food (assuming you don't have to take medicine or something similar), your bills, car insurance (if you have a car), and gas for your car, what do you do with what's left after that? You can't do anything.

glez_fdezdavila_ , Peggy_Marco Report

WildHoneyPie
Community Member
5 months ago

Not to mention health insurance. And heaven forbid your car breaks down

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According to financial expert Sam, saving money is a powerful tool at your disposal. But the amount you save has to be sufficient. “One of the key mantras I tell my readers is this: If the amount of money you’re saving each month doesn’t hurt, you’re not saving enough! Too many people go through life, paying no attention to their finances. Then they wake up 10, 15, 20 years from now and wonder where all their money went,” he said.

“Always pay yourself first. By paying yourself first after each paycheck, and making it hurt a little to change your spendy ways, only then will you know whether you are saving enough,” Sam urged others to look at saving seriously.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) Having money isn't everything. NOT having money is

Snoo74401 , Goumbik Report

Nadine Bamberger
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5 months ago

It's all that occupies your every waking thought and haunts you at night.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) When your parents are lying to you saying they're full when they're not so you can have the last bite.

swattrip786 , DimStock Report

CindyLouWho1209
Community Member
5 months ago

That's very sad. 😪

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) Just because you're poor, that doesn't mean you automatically get welfare. You can make just slightly over the line and still be poor. My mom only made $1,000 a month, but it was still too much to get welfare

Kakebaker95 , 1388843 Report

CindyLouWho1209
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5 months ago

The government doesn't look at each case individually. Rules are rules. They have no heart, no compassion. They are a big part of the problem!

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Sam pointed out that large families have various strategies that help them save money, even though they have more mouths to feed. “Use hand-me-down clothing and shoes for all children with occasional aesthetic adjustments between boys and girls if desired. Buy food in bulk. Send kids to a preschool co-op where they require parental involvement usually once a week.”

The expert continued: “Send your kids to public school and forget about the ridiculous cost of private school tuition. Enjoy the free parks and libraries. Have kids share rooms to save on buying a larger house. But the two most important things are having one parent who works to help subsidize healthcare costs and avoiding private schools.”

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) That poor people can't take advantage of sales or bulk purchases. They literally spend whatever they earn on basic necessities. Being poor is a vicious cycle, and it takes many sacrifices to get out, if ever

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Penny Fan
Community Member
5 months ago

I wrote a scathing email to some Lady Something or other who was spouting in the press about it being cheaper to buy in bulk. I pointed out that when you have £15 to buy food for a week, a £20 bag of pasta may well be cheaper than 6 x £5 bags but what else are you going to eat. I told her to read Jack Monroe's Bootstrap Cook but she just repeated her mantra at me.

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#17

People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) That being physically safe is a luxury, not a given. It can be dangerous to not be conscious for a couple of hours. When you're homeless and sleeping somewhere, you're not thinking about tomorrow; you're thinking, 'What if I get woken up, and there's a knife to my face?'

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Debbie Barnes
Community Member
5 months ago

You'll never know the full value of having a roof over your head and the security of four walls, until you have been homeless. I was in this position and the lesson I've learnt is that if you have a key in your hand and enough food to survive, you have everything you need. Homelessness can happen to any of us and for most, that's something we find ourselves nodding to, but never really accepting...

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#18

People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) Having sleep for dinner.

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Shelp
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5 months ago

That one is so sad

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) If you have a bank account, you probably have to pay a monthly fee because your balance is too low. If you overdraft, they charge you another $35 even though they can see you've got nothing in there.

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CindyLouWho1209
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5 months ago

Makes no sense at all!

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#20

The embarrassment and ridicule of letting your teacher and class know that you cannot go to an expensive field trip because your parents do not have the money.

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I want cake
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5 months ago

I was lucky to go to a secondary school that had a fund for children whose parents couldn't afford school trips, or I would have missed most, if not all of them.

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#21

People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) When we save up money, something happens that forces us to use that money we had saved, which starts a hard-to-break cycle

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Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
5 months ago

When you get government assistance you're not allowed to save up, it will be taken off of what you get. Especially when you have a disability.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) What it's like to actually start to starve and be desperate enough to steal food, the longest I ever went without eating was 5 days and it was absolutely miserable

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Lunar Bicycle
Community Member
5 months ago

I never had to go a day without food, but I ate some awful stuff to get by. Once I had nothing but two cans of tuna per day for 11 days. A few months prior to that I did peanut butter, bread, and Rice Krispies for 5 days. I did not feel well at the end of those weeks.

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#23

People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) When you are a kid, the boredom. All of my friends had interests. BMX, hunting, ninja stuff, action figures, and video games. And their parents fostered their interests and provided funds to grow in their hobbies/sports. I had some stuff, too, but never had the sort of continual investment to pursue something like a hobby or interest. Everything was secondhand, bootlegged, pirated, half-working, etc

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Otter
Community Member
5 months ago

And you can't even get to whatever free activities are available in your area, because you have no transport. There's no spare money for gas, your parents are working long hours and aren't available to drive, they can't afford to buy you a bike, you've got no extra money for the bus, and the streets aren't safe enough for you to walk.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) A lot of things that wealthy people have access too isn't as accessible or often as good. Its gotta be pretty friggin annoying for people who can barely afford food to be told that they should see a therapist. Like yeah, mental health is important but so is eating, and mental health is also going to take a hit when the money you used to talk to a therapist for an hour is going to eat into your food budget or bill money

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
5 months ago

When you’re really poor, a therapist wouldn’t even be a consideration. Nobody poor is paying just to talk to someone when they have bills to pay.

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#25

People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) Growing up poor leaves scars that never heal.

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Random Anon
Community Member
5 months ago

You need to learn to cope eventually. I still dread doing my monthly balances because of how it shoves reality in my face when I was young. I still do not live a lifestyle my peers can afford to for fear it would all go away. But then, you need to remind yourself, you're not who you were time and again. Otherwise, you wouldn't live at all.

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#26

That you never sleep well at night, NEVER! Your mind is constantly in overdrive wondering which bill(s) will or not get paid this month. That the smallest unexpected expense can completely put you over the edge.

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CindyLouWho1209
Community Member
5 months ago

I remember hoping to make to the end of the month without another bill coming in the mail or a check bouncing, which would result in an overdraft charge. So stressful being poor, living paycheck to paycheck and being surrounded by friends and family who have it all. They don't understand why you can't go out to eat or go shopping like they do. It really hurts. 😪

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#27

People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) When you’re really poor, everything you see is something you can’t have

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Robin Childers
Community Member
5 months ago

Definitely. TV commercials just piss me off sometimes.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) Ninety percent of the time, you cannot fail or make a bad/wrong decision. If you do, it will take years and years to recover from that.

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
5 months ago

And the older you get the less chances you have.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) Most of the time it’s out of their control, there’s usually a backstory. Also it’s harder to pull your self out of poverty than most expect.

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Porch Santa
Community Member
5 months ago

The only reason I’m not right now is because a random guy invited me to live for free out of my home town, and magically I got a decent paying job that treats me like a creature instead of a cog. It just took 15 YEARS. So I guess I got that going for me. I love you Bill Murray and shall weep when you leave this coil.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) It takes up all of your time. I remember not being able to stock up on necessities. So I would have to run to the store a lot more frequently. I couldn’t afford a car so I would either have to bus or walk. All of these little things eat up so much time

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Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
5 months ago

And energy

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#31

People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) Everything you buy has interest attached to it, because you’re NOT using that money to pay off debts that you definitely have.

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Green Machine
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

WHY IS THIS NOT HIGHER! You throw food on a credit card, it takes longer and costs more to pay it off cause of the interest. You stress if you can afford the minimum payment on either the credit cards OR the medical debt that's piled up cause your job doesn't offer you health insurance... Being poor is like almost drowning every single day.

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The lengths you'll go to so you can avoid falling back into poverty after you got out of it.

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Yevvie ART
Community Member
5 months ago

I have panic attacks every time we've got to throw out spoiled food because I've been in a position of having one meal per week and throwing out even dangerously spoiled food triggers me in a superstitious way of "now I won't ever have food because i threw out something". It's really hard to cope.

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People Who Have Experienced Poverty Share What Most People Don't Understand About Being Poor (34 Answers) Constantly having to move because your job demands it, or because rent got too high. One to two years is how long I’d stay in one house as a child. I never bothered with friends, because I knew I wasn’t going be around them for more than a year or so.

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Debbie Barnes
Community Member
5 months ago

For a child, this is heartbreaking. Can you imagine never knowing when you're moving, where you're going, not seeing the point of making friends... I just wished countries would stop funding inconsequential things and start investing in their people.

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#34

What is the true meaning of the term “priority”

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Norah Reilly
Community Member
5 months ago

Whatever will get you through this day.

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