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19 January 2012 @ 08:25 pm
A Few of the Things Being Poor Does to Your Mind  
http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-5-stupidest-habits-you-develop-growing-up-poor/

There is a logic poor people operate by that won't be obvious to people who've never struggled financially for basic necessities.
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Mari Adkinsmariadkins on January 20th, 2012 09:50 am (UTC)
i'm a particular fan of the tp graphic. my grandmother was a tp hoarder. when she passed (it's been almost 12 years ago, can you believe it?), she left 150 rolls. my mom and i split them between us. and over the last 12 years, i've become a tp hoarder, myself. gods help me.
Tapatitapati on January 20th, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
Makes total sense because it sucks SO MUCH to run out of TP. Then you scramble for things like fast food napkins you brought home just in case, and paper towels, anything that might work.
Mari Adkins: head deskmariadkins on January 20th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
honey can you bring me that roll of paper towel? ROFL
Tapatitapati on January 20th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I can remember tearing off a few sheets at a time and hanging them through the toilet paper holder. They don't flush as well, though.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on January 20th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
oh my!

and yeah - they do NOT flush well. especially with these newfangled wimpy 1.5 gallon toilets. LOL

Edited at 2012-01-20 07:39 pm (UTC)
litlebananalitlebanana on January 20th, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
Those things don't make sense to me. This coming from the perspective of someone who grew up not exactly poor but feeling very poor. Like one time I accidentally left the bathroom light on while I was at school, and my mother was so upset about the wasted money that we had to spend the whole evening with no lights on in the whole apartment.

I mean, if you have no money, shouldn't your instinct be to save it, not spend immediately?
Tapatitapati on January 20th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
If you have little money, you have a long list of unmet needs and unpaid bills, so that when you do get some you have to decide which of those should be paid. Is the gas about to be shut off? Then it goes to the gas bill. Does the car need a repair suddenly so you can get to your low paid job? The car gets it and you eat ramen or mac-n-cheese the rest of the month.

When you finally get out of poverty you have a backlog of things you couldn't do or pay for when you were poor. I spent several thousand dollars on dental care since I'd gone for years without and needed crowns and other work, including surgery.

Yes I was serious about not wasting electricity too. :)
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on January 20th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
they make perfect sense to me. when you don't have the money to get what you *need*, it kinda makes you go loopy when you're able to get what you *want*.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on January 20th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
and it's kinda like depression in the way that if you've never been there, you really can't understand what it's like.
Tapatitapati on January 20th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
I did get to a place where it was easier to save money, after a few years of having it and dealing with all of the unmet needs like clothing, dental care and so on.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on January 20th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
that's what i miss about wal-mart layaway. not the layaway they had at christmas last year but the traditional layaway they used to have. it used to be the only way i ever got new clothes or new items for the apartment.