What’s a Sign That Someone Grew up Poor? People Shared Their Thoughts.

Have you ever noticed signs that someone grew up poor?

Subtle things that people do that give away the fact that they grew up with very little money and that they’ve been through some serious trials and tribulations in life?

Well, if you haven’t, you might start to after you see what AskReddit users had to say about this.

Take a look and see what you think.

Keepin’ an eye on it.

“Being hypersensitive to any light left on, door left open, opening the fridge too much, running water too long, etc, because you’re trained to minimize utilities.”

Don’t be wasteful.

“Never pouring more than 1/2 a glass of any drink when at someone else’s house (except water) because you don’t want to be seen as wasteful/gluttonous.”

Interesting combination.

“Making weird snacks out of food that isn’t supposed to be a snack.

Ex. Eating dry ramen noodles like chips, koolaid with sugar and your finger to make your own fun dip, eating Kraft cheese slices/cold hotdogs/other things that are normally just a part of a meal.”


“Never buying clothing at full price.

It just feels illegal.”


“Odd hoarding behaviours of things you probably should have gotten rid of out of fear you won’t be able to replace them easily.

I keep a stack of boxes broken down because there’s still this fear in the back of my mind that I’ll have to move again at a moment’s notice. I make a decent salary now and have lived where I am for nearly 7 years, but I still can’t part with those boxes despite the space they take up.

Under the bed, behind the chest of drawers… Yeah. I still have ‘em.”

You can still use that.

“Never replacing anything unless there’s absolutely no way to use the old thing anymore, and going to absurd lengths to keep something “still useable.””

Soup du jour.

“Scanning the menu for the cheapest options possible when at a restaurant.

“It’s ok the soup is really enough for me.””

A sign.

“When they force feed themselves any meal they buy because they feel like they shouldn’t waste anything.”

Over and over again.

“Good shirts become casual shirts. Casual shirts become pajamas. Pajamas become rags.

I still have a shirt from middle school I wear to bed that has a small hole in it. It’s my favorite night shirt and comfy as fuck now. I’m 35.”

Quantity over quality.

“I grew up poor and my husband grew up middle class.

Whenever we have guests, I am constantly asking people if they got ENOUGH food. “Is anyone still hungry? I can make something else!”

My husband will inquire about the quality of the food and if it is to everyone’s liking.

I think when you grow up poor, food is very much quantity over quality.”


“Financial anxiety.

I still get anxious when I spend money on literally anything, including bills and food, which are essentials.”

The mentality.

“I have what I call “poverty mentality”.

While I can afford new shoes and clothes, they have to be falling apart for me to replace.”

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