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What role did money play in your upbringing?
Posted 2/24/16
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Posted 2/24/16 , edited 5/7/16
money is, well... paper. and worthless, or rather: worth as much as the very thing you buy for that money. so not much <3 tho in many cases money means survival in SOCIETY, but society as such is an abstract construct we try to keep alive by lying ...

but then again, it's GOOD and appropriate to have money IMO. the very concept of money is good and needed. The problems starts when money becomes one's God or Protector, when that person starts seeing his money as the guarantee of the safety and prosperity. That moment, the person loses their humanity and becomes a slave to the fear of losing that money.

So, I like having SOME money. Just enough to be myself. That is a useful tool. and I can always earn some more if needed.

IMO, all just IMO

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Posted 2/24/16
It played the role of the deadbeat dad and only showed up once in a blue moon to give me toys.
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Posted 2/24/16 , edited 2/24/16
I knew that it was a limited source.
I feel bad because my parents still spoiled me when they could.
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Posted 2/24/16 , edited 2/27/16
It's role varied at different points in my childhood as I went from comfortably middle class to poor.

By 16 I was working full time, buying all the groceries for the family, and helping with bills.
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Posted 2/27/16
I had a sister and we were raised by a single mom who made only 50 cents / hr more than minimum wage. We survived by living in basements. Now I am earning a lower middle class income, but I am still a cheapo b/c of my upbringing.
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Posted 2/27/16 , edited 2/27/16
I knew about it but my parents managed to hide when we were struggling.

Seems we were living on savings at one point and I never realised til years after.

My family, especially my mum, is very savvy when it comes to money so that helped.
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Posted 2/27/16
I'm fortunate that my parents have always had enough money that I didn't have to worry. I occasionally thought about it though.
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Posted 2/27/16
I was taught to value it quite highly as a child, more so for the amount of effort it took to earn it. I was also taught to handle it and make it grow and work for me. So since getting my first job at 15 I never wanted for cash since I knew how to handle it and value it properly. As a result I now have enough of it I merely work for the hell of it and because I couldn't imagine becoming some lazy asshole.
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Posted 2/27/16
I had other stuff to worry about than our crippling poverty.
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Posted 3/1/16
not to get into too much details but i grew up poor. really poor. dirt farmer poor. collecting bottles from the trash poor. the type of poor people worry about. poor. word of advise, don't worry about finances in front of your kids. while i didn't worry myself, i did do a bunch of different jobs to save money. to this day while i've gotten more relaxed i do panic when i notice my emergency savings dip bellow a certain number. though i should remind myself i survived my poverty, eh, c'est la vie.
Posted 3/11/16
I was aware.
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Posted 3/11/16
My family has always been frank when it comes to money. They have set good examples for me that in order to afford the life that you want, you have to earn it.
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Posted 5/4/16
My rule was always don't spend unless ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. I grew up in a decent but lower class family so I had to be wise with the stuff. Coming from a broken family, money was the best way to bind us at all. Now that I'm an independent adult I've learned to be wise and frugal, but that money's really just a concept. There's really no true value to it.
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