post #81 of 89
4/4/10 at 1:13pm
I grew up as working class masquerading as lower middle class. We never wanted for the basics, and even went to parochial school, but everyone else always seemed to have things that we didn't. As a kid, I thought my parents were cheap! It wasn't until I was in my early 20's, and my dad was downsized, that I found out he'd been supporting us on less than $30,000 per year and credit. Lots of credit. He had to declare bankruptcy when he couldn't get a job.
I started adulthood as working poor, and have pretty much stayed there, although now I think I'm masquerading as lower middle class, too. We now live in an apartment in a middle class neighborhood, and my dc attend the private school I teach at (although not for much longer, unless I hit the lottery).