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AiYumega wrote:


Yeah I think I've alluded to it before but I was born and raised very, very poor. My parents couldn't find steady work, and especially when I was born, we were living off selling things just to get a next meal.

When we had $1, I was a teen. It was a rough summer, both my parents weren't working. We went week by week with basically little to no money, just unemployment checks. All our meals were shared and dived out so we could save enough for us to eat, and we ate the same thing everyday, a habit I still have.

I didnt have a TV growing up, and we had our lights shut a few times. I was always the kid wearing hand me downs, my siblings too. We had to just tough it out.

Both my parents worked hard to get work, and are not anywhere near this sort of situation anymore, but yeah there were some bad times.


Wow, that's a tough life. I'm glad you guys are out of that situation now.
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I see things like this in the UK

Underclass; poor/homeless, unemployed, sick/disabled without a trust fund, students of poor parents, pensioners without assets, may live in overcrowded accommodation or substandard housing, convicts, ex convicts

Barely working class; minimum wage workers, some part time workers, underemployed, those with little assets.

Working class; workers that work more than 60 hours a week, those with 2 jobs, those who struggle to find good childcare with their low income, students of working class parents, those who have potential to gain assets

Aspiring middle class; those with mortgages in the lower to medium priced areas, low to average income, those with an education up to tertiary level followed by a career, students who get a little support from parents studying, some small business owners, may have a nanny/maid, good potential to gain assets and career progression.

Middle class; homes/property owned outright, average income, able to fund children's private education partly or fully, able to have holidays abroad annually, can have employees or have domestic services in their home.

Upper middle class; Owns many assets (businesses, property, investment funds, inherited funds), able to travel numerous times a year for leisure.

Super rich; lives of interest of their funds without needing to touch their capital, able to choose whether they're going to devote a life solely to work or play.


I grew up as an aspiring middle class family in the Caribbean. We went down to working class coming back to the UK.
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Lower class.
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With my parent's income, they should be upper middle class. But medical bills and taxes brings them down to the low side of middle class.
Me? I'm so poor, I'm definitely a college kid. Part time puts me at $10k and hopefully I can get an actual job when I graduate in December.
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I'm technically poor but my family (whom I still live with) is Middle Class. Always wondered if we were truly Middle Class or Lower Middle, guess this clears it up. Thanks for the cool post.
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Posted 8/5/15

Rei-hime wrote:

I'm technically poor but my family (whom I still live with) is Middle Class. Always wondered if we were truly Middle Class or Lower Middle, guess this clears it up. Thanks for the cool post.


No problem wish you and your family the best!
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Lower class for me. Been that way most of my life
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AiYumega wrote:


Yeah I think I've alluded to it before but I was born and raised very, very poor. My parents couldn't find steady work, and especially when I was born, we were living off selling things just to get a next meal.

When we had $1, I was a teen. It was a rough summer, both my parents weren't working. We went week by week with basically little to no money, just unemployment checks. All our meals were shared and dived out so we could save enough for us to eat, and we ate the same thing everyday, a habit I still have.

I didnt have a TV growing up, and we had our lights shut a few times. I was always the kid wearing hand me downs, my siblings too. We had to just tough it out.

Both my parents worked hard to get work, and are not anywhere near this sort of situation anymore, but yeah there were some bad times.


Wow no kidding thank you for sharing. I wish the best to you and your family.
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Posted 8/5/15

AiYumega wrote:

Yeah I think I've alluded to it before but I was born and raised very, very poor. My parents couldn't find steady work, and especially when I was born, we were living off selling things just to get a next meal.

When we had $1, I was a teen. It was a rough summer, both my parents weren't working. We went week by week with basically little to no money, just unemployment checks. All our meals were shared and dived out so we could save enough for us to eat, and we ate the same thing everyday, a habit I still have.

I didnt have a TV growing up, and we had our lights shut a few times. I was always the kid wearing hand me downs, my siblings too. We had to just tough it out.

Both my parents worked hard to get work, and are not anywhere near this sort of situation anymore, but yeah there were some bad times.
This might be a little personal, but did your family ever had to resort to public housing? My parents applied for it once but when they arrived they realized the conditions were so bad they thought it would have been better off being homeless for a few more days. Everything was broken down, dirty, families were sleeping on a couch outside, crime, it was terrible.
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FlyinDumpling wrote:

This might be a little personal, but did your family ever had to resort to public housing? My parents applied for it once but when they arrived they realized the conditions were so bad they thought it would have been better off being homeless for a few more days. Everything was broken down, dirty, families were sleeping on a couch outside, crime, it was terrible.


No we never did. We didn't pay on time or all that much, and almost got evicted, but we didn't live in the projects. In NYC especially, those are nightmares. There's one near me and it's terrible, really, really terrible.
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My parents are Upper-middle class. We are the poorest of my direct family line.

My grandpa and grandma on my fathers side is Upper-Class (amazing as first Generation Americans).
Two of my Uncles are Lower-Upper Class and my third uncle is also Upper-Class.

My mothers side Grandparents are dead but they were Middle-Class.
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Growing up? As low as it gets. Basically the same as AiYumega, just in the crime infested ghetto... I feel ya bro.

A few decades of working my ass off later... Upper Middle Class. I'll retire at 42.
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Poor. So very very poor. My mother only made half of the maximum of that first bracket and had to raise 3 kids all by herself. My sisters have moved out, but money is harder to come by now than it was back then. On the bright side, now we only need food for 2.
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Poor now, but middle in the future.

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In my own country I'm lower-middle class, in the US I am poor, in Belize I am lower upper-class.

Guess where I plan to retire?

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