“Extreme Measures” 7 Things Only People Who Grew Up Poor Would Understand


What’s the wildest thing you’ve done to save money while broke? After reading through some of the responses to this question, my heart hurt a little.

An unfortunate number of people knew what a poor man’s dinner was: to go to bed. It’s sadly the number-one-voted response. Additionally, someone suggested, “Taking a deep breath for lunch was my go-to.”

Poor Man’s Dinner

 So naturally, some showed their ignorance by assuming the person didn’t live in America before they volunteered, that they lived in low-income housing in New Jersey, and that many places in the states don’t have clean water.

Drinking Unfiltered Tap Water

Using a Gas Stove to Heat Apartment

DO NOT DO THIS! I don’t know if anyone doesn’t know this, but that releases harmful carbon monoxide into your home, and you can die from the poisoning.

One Bedroom For the Whole Family

One man confessed that he rented a room to his friend and then slept in a solo bedroom with his wife and three children to save money while they were broke.

One explained they used their computer but nothing else to light their room and provide entertainment while never tuning anything else on.

Living In Darkness

One man explained that he discovered how to make bacon grease candles for light after having his electricity turned off. He elaborated that while they burned longer than real candles, they, unfortunately, did not make the house smell like bacon.

Bacon Grease Candles

An unfortunate number of people admitted to saving money for housing by living in their vehicles. Many noted time frames of a month, four months, six months, and eight months.

Living In Car for Savings

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