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Interesting Article on Growing Up Poor

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I read an interesting article today about "The 5 Stupidest Habits You Develop Growing Up Poor". (Mild obscenity alert, so if that kind of thing bugs you, don't read it...)


I didn't grow up super poor, but we didn't have much to spare. Once I was out in The Real World, I spent a lot of time at the Just Scraping By level. So I found myself nodding through the whole article--not just at the things people do when they don't have money, but they way they react when the suddenly *do*. (I've got a blog or three here about learning to accept abundance. It's harder than you'd think, if you never grew up with it!)

But the main reason I'm posting it here is what the author has to say about food. How hard it is to buy simple, nutritious food if you don't have enough money. How hard it is to buy fresh fruit and veggies. How easy it is to become overweight on not that much food (by volume), since the cheap stuff has nothing to offer, really, but excessive calories....

When I was growing up, we often had a vegetable garden. Made a big difference, in terms of having good food available, in terms of knowing what real food tastes like. But how do you do that in a city?

Ooof. I wish things were fair.
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    I loved that blog!!! Have the "cracked" site and this particular blog all set to share with my 4 adult kids (all in their 40's) some who have "made it" and some who are getting there!
    1921 days ago
    There have been times when I was broke, but never very long fortunately. I do suffer from a taste for bad food mostly as a convenience thing, and I am an obsessive bean counter. I may not have all my bank balances in my head, but I do have them on a spreadsheet.
    1948 days ago
    Loved the article. Could not help but laugh despite the dire message.

    Growing up poor, I learned: if you could scramble eggs and make soup you will not starve.

    Some times we would combine the two! Ever throw a scrambled egg into boiling chicken broth? It is magical!

    Frozen vegetables = same nutritional value as fresh

    Bread and water and yeast = fresh bread.

    Flour and oil and sugar and baking powder and little of this and that = fresh muffins.

    Thanks for the food for thought!

    1949 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/20/2013 10:27:48 PM
    That article was pretty interesting. And parts of it made me laugh. We grew up one of the poorer families in town, but always had a HUGE garden. Funny how I don't eat veggies much now, considering that was a huge staple to our diets growing up. Maybe because they were cooked to mush, lol. We also ate a lot of chicken pot pies and tv dinners and no-name mac and cheese. I still prefer KD to baked mac and cheese. ;D. And my fave 'feel good' meal is grilled cheese sammiches and MSG laden chicken noodle soup. Hah!
    1949 days ago
    Yup It is hard to find cheap AND nutritious AND easy to prepare etc.. I think that processed foods are physically addictive and so when people have been eating inferior foods it is physically hard for them to stop. You were lucky to have had a garden. Our community is great about donating fresh produce to the food bank.
    1949 days ago
    It's possible (do I do it? no... but I swore, after many summers of weeding and chiggers and poison ivy and sumac and deerflies etc etc ETC, that I would never have any kind of garden) to do container gardening, as long as you get sufficient sunlight. You can grow a remarkable variety of things, like cherry tomatoes, strawberries, bean vines, and so on, with just a good-sized container.

    Personally, I like to live next door to people who enjoy vegetable gardening. And when they are so tired of zucchini or tomatoes or cucumbers that they just can't face another one, and practically plead with me to take 'em off their hands--? Why, I do! (To be fair, I usually manage to send a fresh-baked loaf of bread or some muffings or something non-garden-produce their way, lol...)
    1949 days ago
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