15 People Reveal How They Grew Up Poor Without Actually Saying It
We all have different experiences when we grow up. What life is like depends on where we live, how many people are in our home (parents, brothers and sisters, and extended family), and how much money our family has.
Money isn’t everything, but it makes a different in what children do and do not have. While well to do families enjoy vacations, summer camp and name brand food, poor kids didn’t share those experiences. They got knock offs and second hand items. They didn’t enjoy extravagant vacations. Their families did what they had to do to make ends meets.
Twitter user Trevor Donovan asked, “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.”
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
Other Twitter users eagerly responded with their own examples of what life was like growing up poor. Here are 15 examples that could be pretty eye-opening for anyone who grew up in a family that wasn’t poor.
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.
Nothing was name brand. Instead of Fruit Loops we had Fruity O’sInstead of Fruit Punch we had Red Juice (gallon with a sticker on it that said Red Juice), instead of Chip Ahoy we had Captain Chipleys. 😂🤷🏾♀️
— Rose (@JoieJoliette) May 17, 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 😂
— PrettyGeorgia (@AKSMT18) May 17, 2021
Day 1 chili no beans Day 2 chili with beans Day 3 add macaroni to the remaining chili Day 4 add tomato juice to day 3 leftovers with paprika, it becomes goulash! Day 5 spoon remaining goulash over a baked potato How to Stretch your groceries at the end of the month
— Lizee (@aft753) 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
— Belinda💪#MSandEpilepsyFighter 💪 (@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 (@CSqueequeg) May 18, 2021