Learning from being poor is….

Learning from being poor is….

The glumness of the previous list made me really want to post my own. I feel I've learned a whole lot by how I've had to live. And, there are many things on the original list and its comments that I find to be a rewarding and exciting part of my life. I'm not going to say I never despair, never run into a situation where I'm stuck, and can always give my kids every single thing I wish I could. But, I am generally happy with my life, and take pride in my ability to get by, and joy in learning new strategies every time I read a post here at poor_skills.

So, here's the upside of poverty, whether you live in it your whole life, or it's just a phase. Please add to this list!

Learning from being poor is:

-knowing exactly how much everything costs, and rarely buying goods that are over-priced.

- knowing which shopping center has the BEST dumpsters.

- your clothes, and your kids' clothes, coming from places like A Child's Place, and Anne Klein, because you know you can get these cheaper used than you can get WalMart crap new.

- buying the off-brand cereal for half the cost of brand name stuff in the store, or buying the brand name stuff in a dented box. Why pay an extra $2 for a pretty box you'll throw away?

- the thrill of your kids playing for hours with improvised, often free, toys.
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- looking at a school district map when you are choosing a home, and finding the cheap place in the service area for the good school.

- knowing you can live on $8/hr, or a work day that's only as long as your kids' school day, if you have to.

- stopping the car (or your bike) to take a lamp from a stranger's trash and cackling at your good luck. One better: taking from the trash, then selling it on eBay.

- knowing that Combat Gel, $6 a pack, will get rid of roaches as effectively as $20 of other remedies and not sweating it.

- never buying anything someone else hasn't bought first, because it's not a good use of your money.

- never buying ramen at 17 cents, because you know it goes on sale for 10 cents every three months.

- knowing that the lottery is really a tax for people who can't do math.

- making better foods from scratch than you can buy premade in the store.

- taking pride in the purple princess bed that your ex made for your kid out of road-side salvaged materials.

- going without cable, rented movies or netflix, because you can buy movies at the thrift store for $2, and watch TV on your computer for free.

- getting that degree, even if it took four years of night classes for an Associates of Art degree. (note: still working on this one, but I will freaking get there.)

- knowing that, when you earn little enough that you don't owe taxes, that your money does not go toward foreign policy that you do not support.

- not being embarassed to have your friends and your friends' kids, and your kids' friends over because they share your values and are in the same boat as you.
A little of my garden

A little of my garden

My San Francisco Studio Apartment.

My San Francisco Studio Apartment.

Late-season color

Late-season color

Mushroom Bed Experiment

Mushroom Bed Experiment

what do you think?

what do you think?

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Suggestions Wanted