Growing up poor can leave a lasting impact on a person’s life, even after they’ve managed to improve their financial situation. In this listicle, we’ll explore some dead giveaways that you grew up poor.
Justifying Every Purchase
“Still going through mental gymnastics to justify any purchase to yourself, even after managing to get out of poverty.”
Being Grateful for Basic Necessities
“Being proud that my children have always had enough food and shoes.”
Fixing Rather Than Replacing
“You really, really take care of your things and fix what you can yourself rather than buying a new thing. I just fixed our 5 year old toaster, my computer was 11 when it finally gave up and my backpack is from 2001 (still in good condition too!).”
Free School Lunch
“Free lunch in the cafeteria instead of paying.”
Lack of Dental Care
“Teeth. This is the biggest giveaway. Braces and dental care are expensive.”
Finishing Every Meal
“I always finish my plate in restaurants.”
“When the shampoo finishes I add water to the bottle and give it a good shake.”
Holding Onto Clothing
“I struggle to get rid of any clothing if it still fits me. My closet is overflowing but a good chunk of it is clothing that’s still from middle school and high school that I can’t bring myself to just get rid of.”
Overspending on Luxuries
“You mismanage your money buying things that you don’t need but you never had.” Some people make up for things they couldn’t afford growing up.
On the other extreme, some people never get over the habit of buying from second-hand stores. “I’ll always look in charity shops/thrift stores for clothing before buying new.”
“Spoiling your kids. This is usually associated with growing up wealthy but many parents from a poor background growing up feel the need to give their kids every single thing they never had as a child.”
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