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You know you're poor when...

You buy used cloth diapers and covers for your first baby.

When the covers start to tear, you repair them with duct tape!

Your idea of "dinner out" is the Chinese buffet.




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When you feel like you've splurged when you go the the dollar store and buy 5 items including fairy wings for your kid.
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Or better yet.........

You have to wait till payday to GO to the dollar store to by 5 things........
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You know you're poor when...

You buy used cloth diapers and covers for your first baby.


LOL...that backfires sometimes.... I bought my first son some used FB's....I liked them so much, I splurged on 10 brand new ones... :

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...You wait 'til payday to go to the dollar store to buy off brand duct tape to repair your used diapers.

....A $.69 bottle of bubble stuff is a splurge so you keep adding water to it so it will last longer.
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HA! We had a garage sale to get that cash, payday doesn't get us out of the red anymore!
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....when your last baby outgrows the duct taped diapers, you pull the tape off to use on something else before tossing the diapes.
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I'm no good at games like this, but carry on...
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....when your last baby outgrows the duct taped diapers, you pull the tape off to use on something else before tossing the diapes.

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And when the third baby comes, you decide to try elimination communication and avoid the cost of diapers altogether.

You know your poor when the very idea of the chinese buffet makes your mouth water. And the only way you'll have one is if you cook it!

You know your poor when the backs of your kitchen chairs fall off, and you just rename them stools and use them anyway.
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...when you're blowing your nose into a ripped up pair of dh's old flannel boxers.
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You know your poor when the backs of your kitchen chairs fall off, and you just rename them stools and use them anyway.
HEY!!! They are stools if they are backless! I grew up with "stools" like that. :

You know you're poor...

...when the lst child potty trains and you have to wait for payday to go to a yard sale to buy underwear for him.

...the duct tape from the diapers is now holding your couch together.

...you have actually sent time pondering which utilities you can live without. (We NEED internet access, but we don't really need gas in the summer, do we??)

...the rest of the diaper tape is holding together the shifter in your car.

...you fixed your washing machine with wire ties. ( I actually did that)
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When you call Raman Noodles a Chinese Buffet & you're using those old formerly duct-taped diapers as dinner napkins!
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you know your poor when your holey underwear finally disintegrates so you patch new ones together from scraps of old clothes...
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i just read this whole thread and just realized I'M POOR! :LOL
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OH my! This is so funny!

you know you're poor when ....
the back of your pick-up doubles as a kiddie pool after a good rain.
You pin said holey, patched underpants up since the elastic is shot.
and it was an old diaper pin from the old diaps.

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WHen you go for dinner out and eat all the freebies like bread or crackers so you can save the main course for dinner tomorrow night.
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Oh--been there, done all of these when DH was laid off for 6 months (while I was pg, no less).

. . . you rinse out your dental floss and re-use it.

. . . you accept all dinner invitations--even if it is to your MIL and you don't like her cooking--at least it is free food.

. . . the price of milk is so high that you are thankful your toddler is still nursing. And you wish your 5 year old was still nursing. And maybe even your DH . . .
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...you prioritize music cd's to sell at Hastings for grocery money (we did this in our first year of marriage - 110 cd's were sold for bread, peanut butter, oatmeal, tuna and apples)

...you wear pants to church b/c you can't afford new pantyhose.

...you purchase powdered milk and can stretch one gallon of milk into 4 by blending it in with water (while children and husband are sleeping of course).

...you save wrapping paper samples from the highschool fundraiser catalogues for small gifts at Christmas.

...you total your miles needed to drive for the week to eek out the last of the gas money in the envelope.
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you crash your neighbor's barbecue and cart off platefulls of food because you've had nothing but saltines for weeks.
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you know you're poor when:
...you're taking notes from a free online e-book called "Possom Living".link
...you're trying to figure out if you can catch enough fish to make buying a fishing liscence pay for itself
...you want to take up archery so that you can go hunt your own wild range animals
...you cut everyone's hair yourself (including your own! )
...you clean everything from your teeth to the toilet with baking soda
...you 'rent' your videos from the library
...eating out means buying one item from the super value menu so that your dc can play on the indoor playground (gah! yes, we've done this)
...you walk everywhere to save on gas money
...you take the tired sad old holey cd's and reuse the fabric to make cloth mamapads.
...you go commando bc your old patched undies have disintegrated

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you know you're poor when ....
the back of your pick-up doubles as a kiddie pool after a good rain.
Honey, you just described my childhood to a t....

I'm so glad to know others patched up the diaper covers with duct tape, let me tell you....

You know you are poor when:
Your young child knows the public transportation schedule and "which number goes with which route" better than you do,
The furniture the university students are putting out for the garbage truck is a LOT nicer than yours ,
You get a fancy present and your first thought is..."I wonder how much the resale store would give me for this",
Your internet friends are sending you boxes of skimpy skivvies so you and dh can stop fretting over money for two seconds and rock the casbah
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You know you are poor when you have to dig between the couch cushions for change, check winter coat pockets in the back of the closet for money, and cash in deposit cans so you can buy a loaf of bread. Unfortunately, been there, done that, don't wanna do it again.
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When your dd is the bank and you are always in overdraft.
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tonight we added a new one. ds was really excited to get a peanut butter sandwich. we have been out of bread waaaaay too long.
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When your kids don't have sand box but a 'dirt box'
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