2 thoughts on “8 Tips for Surviving Genteel Poverty with Grace and Ingenuity

  • July 1, 2020 at 3:23 am

    Great article! Is it just me or have you also found that sometimes, the “poorest” people can be the most generous? I once worked multiple jobs and although not “rich,” I was easily able to provide for my needs, and a few wants while helping others when I could. Now, I am disabled, live VERY frugally in an inner city apartment. I have no car, no dishwasher, no cell phone, have worn the same pair of sneakers for years, and don’t have a DVD player or cable television. I STILL enjoy helping others when I can. It brings me joy!
    I don’t say that to brag but to explain that I have “been there” but also, I find it odd that despite knowing my circumstances (including the fact that my 23 year old washer just died and I have to somehow find a way to buy a new one that I found on sale and deliverable) my family and friends don’t hesitate (most of them) to ask me for help but when I have a need, most aren’t able to help despite how truly RARE it is for me to ask them! I will keep an eye out for some of the places you mentioned.
    So many are hurting during this pandemic and economic hit, I hope everyone is able to find the help they need to feed themselves, their family, meet basic obligations, and have a safe place to sleep at night. God bless!

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    • July 1, 2020 at 10:26 am

      So well said, VR. And you’re absolutely right! The poor are the most generous. Maybe it’s has to do with knowing how need feels but considering money “just Numbers.”

      Sorry to hear about your washer. I hope you can find one for $20 somewhere. If you pay a little extra, sometimes the seller will deliver it when they hear you’re disabled. I’ve done that on Craigslist and it’s great.

      Do you have a ROKU? It attaches to your TV but runs off your wireless internet, assuming you have that. Gobs of free TV and no monthly fees!!! (My step-daughter gave us one and it’s been life changing. The Met Opera has a Roku channel and that’s how I fell in love with opera.)

      You’re right about the poor getting soaked. This is a new thing I’m learning, that “family” is always asking, hinting, prying, scamming to get money out of the disabled. It’s a “disgrace to snakes,” as the old saying goes. Absolutely disgusting and I’m sorry it’s happening to you too.

      Thanks for reading the article. All the best!

      ~ L

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