“[I]t is actually more expensive to be poor than not poor. If you can’t afford the first month’s rent and security deposit you need in order to rent an apartment, you may get stuck in an overpriced residential motel. If you don’t have a kitchen or even a refrigerator and microwave, you will find yourself falling back on convenience store food, which—in addition to its nutritional deficits—is also alarmingly overpriced. If you need a loan, as most poor people eventually do, you will end up paying an interest rate many times more than what a more affluent borrower would be charged. To be poor—especially with children to support and care for—is a perpetual high-wire act.”
It Is Expensive to Be Poor | The Atlantic (via america-wakiewakie)
Reblog this forever. I’ll never forget how many of my students in the school I worked in with a 100% free and reduced lunch rate lived in residential motels and how many of them relied on the school to get breakfast and lunch and how often those were their only meals for the day.
Or how my friends who have older cars have to spend so much money repairing them but an older car was all they could afford in the first place.
And how you literally have no safety net because if you already fixed one thing on your car and something else goes a week later, you’ve already spent the little bit of buffer you saved up.
Add lack of health insurance and mountains of medical expenses to this and you can see why so many disabled and chronically ill people live in severe poverty…
IF YOUR FAMILY HAS TREATED YOU POORLY YOU DON’T OWE THEM SHIT. YOU CAN BE AS RESERVED ABOUT THEM RE-ENTERING YOUR LIFE AS YOU WANT TO BE. YOU CAN WITHHOLD YOUR TRUST AS MUCH AS YOU WANT TO UNTIL YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE LENDING IT OUT TO THEM AGAIN. IF YOU HAVE A CHIP ON YOUR SHOULDER ABOUT IT BECAUSE THEY MADE YOUR CHILDHOOD SHITTY AND DEPRESSING AND LONELY, IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT IT EXISTS AND YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE MAD ABOUT IT. YOU CAN HEAL AT YOUR OWN GODDAMN PACE AND PROTECT YOURSELF FIRST AND FOREMOST FROM ANY MORE DISAPPOINTMENT.
#AND IT’S OKAY IF DESPITE ALL THEY DID YOU STILL LOVE THEM#YOU AREN’T STUPID OR PATHETIC FOR STILL LOVING THEM#JUST KEEP YOURSELF SAFE AND KNOW THE LIMITS OF WHAT YOU CAN PUT UP WITH#DON’T LET THE PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE PROTECTING YOU MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE SHIT
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