15 Things Only People Who Were Born Poor Will Understand

Being born poor isn’t necessarily as bad as it sounds. Sure, most people would rather be born rich than poor, but there is plenty to be learned from having to go through some struggles early in life. Plenty of people have come from humble beginnings to go on to great things later in life. Just because you are born poor doesn’t mean that you are destined to remain in that category forever.

There is no doubt that starting out on the poor end of the scale presents its challenges, but it also teaches many valuable lessons.

In this article, we have highlighted 15 things that are only understood by those who were born into meager means. Enjoy!

1. Fast Food Cups Make Great ‘Glassware’

What do you do with a fast food drink cup when you are done enjoying your soda? You keep it for use around the house, of course!

There is no reason to toss out a perfectly good plastic cup when it can be kept for years to come to be refilled over and over again. Rather than purchasing expensive glassware for the home, plastic cups from your favorite fast food joint work just fine.

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2. Water + Empty Shampoo Bottle = More Shampoo!

When the shampoo bottle refuses to give up any more of its cleaning agent, do you toss it out and buy a new one? Of course not!

All you need to do is add a bit of water to the bottle in order to squeeze out a whole new round of soap. After all, it would be a shame to allow all that shampoo that is stuck to the inside of the bottle to be tossed out for no good reason.

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3. The Generic Brand Is Just as Good

While most rich people wouldn’t be caught dead buying the generic ‘store brand’ of anything in the grocery store, those who grew up poor know that they are just as good – and often less than half the price.

From beans to soda and everything in between, it is easy to find a generic brand that will do the job without busting the budget.

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