“Cup of noodles with chili powder and an egg”
“The absolute joy of finding $20 in the pocket of your coat.
They probably still find money in their pockets but I’m guessing it’s more of an ‘oh that’ than a ‘[email protected]#k yes!'”
“Saving up for months and finally having enough to buy that thing you wanted so much”
“Running your car near empty for weeks, only putting in as much gas as you can afford, then filling it up to the top on payday and feeling like a [email protected]#$#ing king.”
“Feeling that accomplishment of finding a rarity at a thrift store that retails at a high price – Yes, you could just buy it for $100 and be satisfied BUT YOU AIN’T NIFTY LIKE ME”
“Using the clothes from your cousins that they are too big for, there is always a shirt that finds their way into every family picture.”
“One thing is for sure; you know who your friends are when you have nothing but your friendship to offer.”
“Nothing quite feels as good as not having money to buy food and then getting it and eating that first meal.”
“Reattaching electricity. You don’t know what you are missing out on until you experience it. Amazing feeling.”
“If you’ve never walked a mile to Tom Thumb at 2 in the morning just to buy a neon-colored drink that tastes like popsicle syrup and a bag of spicy Cheetos, you have not lived.”
“Camping with a small group is more fun than staying in a hotel with the same group.”
“Sticking with the person you love even when you have no idea how you’ll turn the electricity back on.
My husband and I look back at our times when we struggled financially and see how much it brought us closer. Even now he’ll occasionally email me a link to the song ‘Even though we ain’t got money… I’m so in love with you honey’ so we don’t forget where we came from.”
“Feeling like a master chef when you figure out fifty different ways to use rice, potatoes, and beans.”
“Not feeling any pull whatsoever to try to keep up with the Joneses.”
“Working up a strong hunger from a day of physical labor, then going inside and having a nice hot meal. Nothing will ever taste as good as that meal when your whole body is hungry for it.”
“The absolute thrill of getting something paid off.
I grew up poor as a kid. My husband and I have good jobs though. We bought a house 20 years ago and when all our friends were moving up to bigger houses, we stayed put and chucked more money at the mortgage. We just paid it off completely.
A rich person would never understand how I feel about it. It’s OURS. No one can take it. No matter what, we have a roof and walls, a safe place to be. Anyone poor who is reading this knows exactly what I mean.”