posted on Apr, 26 2012 @ 04:50 PM
Poor is as much a state of mind as it is a the number of zero's in your bank account.
Financial, I am not wealthy, I get by, and sometimes even have enough left over for something special like some new camera gear, or a new "toy", in
this way, I am also not poor. I also reduce my costs of living in other ways, I do buy some new clothes, but I also often buy clothes second hand from
thrift stores, I find it simply amazing what some discard as being old, worn, or no longer of value. About the only clothes I never get second hand
are underclothes, but I have no shame in wearing gently cared for clothes, it is funy sometimes, when I get compliments on how I am dressed, and I
think to myself "pants $3, check, shirt $2, check, sweater $4, check, 3 year old shoes that are cared for, Check, $5 spring jacket, check, wow,
lookin' good for under $20, lol"
I am a member of the Salvation Army Church, and laugh when someone tries to pull the "I saw you go into the Sally Ann, what, ya' poor?!?!" My
answer, is "No, just smart, and not hung up on image"
I drive a 1991 1/4ton pickup, it has seen better days as far as the paint (a summer project for this year) but with 350,000 on the odometer, stills
runs pretty darn good, and I maintain it myself, and insurance is inexpensive to boot ($60 a month) yeah, i would like a 4x4 jeep, but not worried
about having anything fancy, the right one will come up at the right price eventually.
I like having to go to the dump with garbage, I call it my $3 adventure, I don't think I have ever come back from the dump without a project, or
something I did not even have to work on. I have found "old" things that the only thing wrong with them is that they are "old", like lawn mowers,
chain saws, vacuum cleaners. Few people ever do any repairs anymore. a vacuum with a plugged hose is garbage, a drill with a broken plug is garbage, a
tent with pegs missing is garbage (ok, found a perfectly good one a few weeks ago, not a thing wrong with it and not a thing missing except for 2
folding chairs in a camping kit) lawn planters, materials from renovations (My hallway has a nice laminate wood floor, someone bought the wrong
colour, and rather than giving it to someone, or garage sale-ing it, tossed it), furniture discarding from a home makeover. It blows me away to see
what perfectly good stuff some people throw away, without even considering donating it to a charity or thrift store.
I used to have an extremely well paid job, but was away from home for up to 6 months at a time, now that my mother has passed, and my father is in
need of help with living, I would rather take home less money, and be able to spend the time with him, and enjoy life a little more.
I enjoy woodworking, so whenever I see old tools, I snag them and repair them, sometimes as simple as replacing the motor brushes, sometimes taking
them apart and cleaning off the rust from the motor's soft metal armature to get it spinning again, sometimes it means fixing a broken cord. The wood
I work is not always bought new either, often, by scrounging (with permission) from constructions sites, or "free wood" piles I get more than I
need. My garden stakes (labels) are a product of cast off wood and my table saw. My book shelves look nothing like the old skids (pallets) they once
were after finishing, there is so much that can be had by recycling other peoples garbage. It is not necessary to have new everything. My band saw,
table saw, drill press, biscuit joiner, and router were new, but that investment has saved me so much by allowing me to "re-purpose" things it is
not funny. I am in the midst of making an old metal storage cabinet I "recovered" and cleaned up into a large food dehydrator, it will have cost me
a lot less by the time I am done than buying a much smaller (and cheaper built plastic) one.
I am not embarrassed about scavenging at the dump, why should I be? I not only get what I can use, and use it, often with just a little elbow grease,
and no, I am not one of those "dirty, slimy" looking people either, I just believe in making use of what is available to me, the funny thing is,
some who would look on my with pity, are the ones who ask me to help out when they are the ones having issues, I cannot tell you how often I have
fixed appliances and tools for other people in a jam, or used something I "rescued" to get them out of a tight spot. sometimes I wonder if these
same well to do people who appreciate my assistance would say if they knew the help I gave them, was possible because I scrounged what I used to help
much of my financial wealth is spent taking care of my elderly father, medication can be expensive, so can the long drives to nowhere when we get out
of the house on a beautiful day, and the mobility assistance devices.
I may not have the best, or newest stuff, but I am happy for the most part with what I have, and happy that I get to share it with my family and
friends, that is worth more to me any day.