Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: standing in a doorway
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the dollar amount is so meaningless. I have friends who live in other parts of the country who easily make twice what my DH earns. Yet we own (well, the bank owns, and we are buying) a 2600sq/ft house while they live in some teensy tiny two-room apartment or similar.
We are scraping by, but comfortably. We are not putting anything in savings, though, and often are living paycheck to paycheck, but not every week. We never go hungry. I have been so poor in the past that if I hadn't been given free food where I worked I wouldn't have eaten at all. I have been so poor in the past that I couldn't afford the bus fare or the time off work to go apply for food stamps. I would never have brought children into that situation, though.
I drive a car that is probably older than some of the Mamas here, but it gets me where I need to go and it fits two carseats. Our house is furnished in hand-me-down and Goodwill type furniture. But my family is not wearing rags, and like I said, we never go hungry. Most of the time all of our bills are paid on time, when I have to pay late fees it's more because I forgot to pay bills than us not having the money.