All of us have a lifetime of experiences behind us, regardless of how long we have been around. For some of us, the experience is going to be one we look back on and cringe and for others, we will reminisce with a smile.
One of the things we may have in our past is as a youth growing up in an impoverished household. If you find yourself in that position, you probably had things that you and your family did that defined you.
Sure, we all have to live within our means but sometimes, we also need to recognize that growing up poor doesn’t need to be defined by our finances. That is what the following people display when they let us know they grew up poor without actually saying it.
Here is the original that started it all:
Tell me you grew up poor, without telling me you grew up poor. I'll go first. We used plain bread as hot dog buns and for dessert… margarine & cinnamon on bread. 😋
— Trevor Donovan (@TrevDon) May 17, 2021
The responses were right on point:
My mother washed aluminum foil.
— Tony Montana (@TMo4Cards) May 17, 2021
At one point we lived in this shack with no running water. We had an outhouse, carried water from a community well, and bathed in a round metal washtub in the middle of the kitchen. This photo was taken several years later, but it didn't look much better at the time. pic.twitter.com/DJnV2KlViX
— Kayleen (@kayleenholt) May 17, 2021
My parents dumpster diving at the mall for birthday presents for us.
— Blue Wave Collective@🏡✊🏿 (@BlueWaveCollect) May 18, 2021
Plain bread was hot dog, hamburger buns, garlic bread and yes, cinnamon toast. Our house was so cold my mom would turn the oven on and lay our clothes on the hot door to warm them up. It was country poor, I didn’t know I was poor 😂
— PrettyMisinfo (@AKSMT18) May 17, 2021
I remember when food stamps were different colors …. Based on denomination pic.twitter.com/kj3oYhVOSK
— Endora (@Nurse_Leonora) May 17, 2021
This was the cereal I ate because it was approved by WIC… Very nasty 🤮 pic.twitter.com/jzdtG2wLVX
— LA-Tiere (@LuvLaTiere) May 17, 2021
When summer came, my mom cut the legs off our pants to make them shorts and stuffed the cut off parts to make pillows.
— Dr. Catherine Lane (@MathEdProfLane) May 18, 2021
The only cheese we could get was the government commodities cheese 🧀 ( which made delicious grilled cheese sandwiches 🥪🧀 BTW ) and the peanut butter that came with the commodities made yummy cookies pic.twitter.com/cnG7KXvn2x
— Bella👊🏻MS💪🏻Strong (@CallMeBella_74) May 17, 2021
We cut open the toothpaste to get every last drop out of the tube.
— Deanna King (@CynicalMother) May 18, 2021
Co-worker was crying because she was afraid her power would be shut off bc she couldn't pay. "Let me see that bill," I said. "Oh hon, that's a blue notice. You don't have to pay a BLUE NOTICE. You're gonna get a brown notice and a white postcard before they shut you off."
— sourbob (@sourbob) May 18, 2021
Packages of socks and underwear and other necessities wrapped up under the Christmas tree 🎄 Funny thing was, I thought those were the standard Christmas gifts until I got married and my husband was like, what’s with the socks and underwear for Christmas? 🤪
— Calabria 🌊🗽 (@Calabria630) May 17, 2021
Lol, same! Also, Sloppy Joe’s & Hamburger Helper were a staple in our house & I thought everyone put things on layaway…it was the norm to me. 🙂🙃
— Jen (@luckyjen1128) May 17, 2021
My parents added stories & jokes to make struggle meals special.
My dad coached HS basketball. One of the lunch ladies was a family friend. She'd save leftover cafeteria food for us. Chipped noodles & beef = "Krazy noodles," a favorite since (Dad claimed) it was made by clowns.
— Caitlin Smith, PhD (she/her) (@CSqueequeg) May 18, 2021