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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Money wise? No, my family is not rich at all. In fact, compared to all of my friends who's parents earn anywhere from 100-200k a year, I'm rediculously poor. My father makes about 60k a year, and that is what we live on. We have five people in my family.
We can afford food, our house, and a car without a problem, but we do not have extra money. I get a few pairs of new clothes (mostly polos for school) every year, and a pair of shoes. Anything else that I want during the year, be it boots, riding clothes, or something else, has to be bought by my own means. We can't go on fancy vacations (if we even go on vacation at all), we don't have nice cars, our house is a little three bedroom 1,000 sq foot home, and I can't go to the movies and stuff with my friends. My parents will not be able to pay for even a cent of my college or board when I leave home in two years. We lived beyond our means up until about three years ago when our debt overwhelmed us, and we are still suffering from that. To a lot of people that is 'poor' I guess.
However, I don't see myself as poor. Yes, I have had to learn to be a 'penny pincher,' but I don't really see that as a bad thing. I have a much more realistic view of my world than all of my friends do, and I am already taking free classes and watching others closely to develope a plan to get myself through college as cheaply as possible and to get out of debt and stay debt free as soon as possible once I've graduated. Sometimes I do feel a little bummed out when I can't go places with my friends to buy new clothes for school or catch the latest movie, but I've learned that thrift stores are my friends and that you can get just about anything that you want if you're willing to put in a little work.
A few examples. This year, I wanted to go to a $250 trip for a week with my church, but I couldn't afford it. After talking with my youth pastor about the situation for about 15 minutes, I had arranged for an almost free ride ($50) in return for painting a large mural in our church because I am gifted in art.
I cannot afford a horse, so I found a farm that would take me in and, in return for working there 20-30 hours a week, I am allowed to ride whenever I want to and I half lease a little'oroblem' mare. They taught me to care for, ride, and train horses...all for no material cost. And the list goes on. I am never without something that I need and very often I can find a way to get things that I really want. It just takes a little sacrifice.
So am I a bit poor as far as money goes? Sure. But I believe that I am getting priceless knowledge because of it, and I would not trade my happy, full life for any $300k lifestyle of tennis, fancy clothes/house/horses, and everything in the palm of my hand.
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