Is everyone poor & broke?

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  1. Jane@CM profile image61
    Jane@CMposted 13 years ago

    How is it possible that the message boards I choose seem to have so many poor & broke people.  Is everyone poor & broke?  If they are all poor & broke, how do they afford internet?  Just a random question of the day.

    1. IzzyM profile image89
      IzzyMposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I'm almost going into debt to pay for it, but I'm hoping I can make money online.

    2. Mikel G Roberts profile image66
      Mikel G Robertsposted 13 years agoin reply to this


      1. Mikel G Roberts profile image66
        Mikel G Robertsposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Actually to be honest, I have not had a job in over 2 years now, I have been living off of savings, I am not going hungry (yet) but I have greatly reduced my monthly expenditures, internet is my main entertainment spending until I find a job...

        I own my boat, and plan on moving south once the weather breaks, so for now I'm kind of in a holding pattern...

    3. profile image0
      Kenrick Chatmanposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Not everyone is poor and broke.

  2. RedElf profile image87
    RedElfposted 13 years ago

    not yet... big_smile

  3. AEvans profile image75
    AEvansposted 13 years ago

    I don't know if everyone is poor or broke maybe they budget to keep it. Poor and broke could take on different meanings, for many of us we were once comofortable and now we are pinching pennies.

    I will always be rich with life no matter how many pennies are not in the cookie jar. smile

  4. Cagsil profile image76
    Cagsilposted 13 years ago

    I know a lot of people struggling. There are many different factors weighing on to determining why they are?

    However, I'm presently unable to answer it, until my project, surveys, polls and other things I'm working is finished.

    I've met of few of the local homeless people, I run into many in the community. hmm

  5. Stacie L profile image90
    Stacie Lposted 13 years ago

    I'm not spending money on things as I did a few years ago.
    I am not hungry and have a roof over my head; so I'm not poor but
    broke. sad

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    rocknrodeogirlposted 13 years ago

    I'm better the some, worse than others...I've had to cut a few things from my budget, because they cut our hours at work. The reason I can afford's's a free perk where I'm living, I just use my friend's wireless signal. wink

  7. ddsurfsca profile image73
    ddsurfscaposted 13 years ago

    I read not very long ago, and I also heard this on one of those financial tv shows on sundays, that we have a situation where 1% of the population have control of about 97% of the money, but I am not sure if they were referring to just the USA or on the planet as a whole, and that the spread between the poor and the rich is getting bigger and bigger

    1. Cagsil profile image76
      Cagsilposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      If it matters the U.S. that stat you have is about accurate.

      On a global scale 20% of the population control over 80% of the world's wealth. And, I'm pretty sure this stat has gone up in last few years. However, before mentioned 20% is down to about 15%, with the latter rising up to as much as 90%?

      Unknown exactly, because of the economic downturn devastated a lot of wealthy people. Some whom took their own lives, because of.

      The stats I present are roughly about 5-10 years ago. smile

  8. wyanjen profile image72
    wyanjenposted 13 years ago

    My access isn't free, but it will be the last service that I turn off.

    I value internet over heat.
    This is why I'm bundled up with my thermostat at a cozy 58º.


    1. yenajeon profile image74
      yenajeonposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      OMG that is a very LOW thermostat! How do you do it?? DTE has been ripping off Michigan like crazy!!

      I need to take my thermostat away from the comfy 78 I'm used to sad

  9. IzzyM profile image89
    IzzyMposted 13 years ago

    God that's cheap1 Same in the UK, internet is cheap. Here I am paying €45 a month, which is about $30. Extortionate.
    But I've no heating or television, so worth it smile

  10. NewYorker profile image56
    NewYorkerposted 13 years ago

    I may be poor, but I'm not broke or anywhere near that. Although I will probably be paying my student loans until I'm 40-something.. And my internet costs me maybe $40 a month..

  11. blondepoet profile image65
    blondepoetposted 13 years ago

    I'm doing great,not filthy rich by any means, but living comfortably, and appreciating what I have. Just thought I would brighten this thread up with some positive imput.

    1. earnestshub profile image82
      earnestshubposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I am doin fine, not filthy rich either, but just fine. smile
      So are all my family and friends.

      1. blondepoet profile image65
        blondepoetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Amen Earnest yahoo Australia.

  12. timothyjward profile image88
    timothyjwardposted 13 years ago

    Poor & Broke is the new middle class...

    1. profile image0
      rocknrodeogirlposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      So true. sad

  13. flread45 profile image64
    flread45posted 13 years ago

    If the pay scale here doesn;t pick up I will be broken.sad

  14. Bill Manning profile image59
    Bill Manningposted 13 years ago

    I have often heard this, that everyone on forums like this don't seem to be doing good, or are not rich anyways. The thing is, most forums are populated with people trying to figure out how to make a little money off the net.

    The rich people don't take time to come onto forums like this because,, well,, they don't have to! If your rich your working hard making that money and doing things with that money.

    So you find very few rich people on any forums, they don't have the time to be on them. Which is why you should always be skeptical of someone who is always on a forum boasting about how much money they make! wink

  15. Wayne Orvisburg profile image62
    Wayne Orvisburgposted 13 years ago

    Honostly, I am getting closer and closer to being poor and broke. I keep cutting costs, but my wife keeps losing income. I'm starting to get very concerned. Thanks for asking.

  16. mistyhorizon2003 profile image88
    mistyhorizon2003posted 13 years ago

    Internet where we are is exorbitant and costs over £26 GBP a month, but on the plus side I am nearly at a point where my Adsense earnings will cover this completely.

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    sneakorocksolidposted 13 years ago

    Well between taxes and some medical bills we are right now!big_smile

  18. profile image63
    logic,commonsenseposted 13 years ago

    I am rich in so many ways and I haven't been fixed yet! smile

    1. profile image0
      sneakorocksolidposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      They pay that much, do they?

  19. profile image0
    WildIrisposted 13 years ago

    Not broke yet, but always poor.  My internet/broadband service costs $65.00 a month.  This high price is due to living off the grid in a rural location. The bright side is that we get to work from home and avoid a 1.5hr. one way commute to town.

  20. Colebabie profile image59
    Colebabieposted 13 years ago

    I'm a college student. So yeah, broke is a good word. But I can pay my bills and am not in any debt.

    Internet access is necessary for school. So I make it work.

  21. mega1 profile image70
    mega1posted 13 years ago

    Internet is one of the perks of my job - and I have some time to be online almost every day.  I haven't reached the point where I need to depend on the internet to bring me money - I don't know much about how to do that.  I just enjoy writing and communicating and I know my life would be so very poor without it and these forums and you guys who keep me from going stark raving!

  22. profile image0
    StormRyderposted 13 years ago

    I'm almost embarrassed to say I am doing really well and have a great job that pays very well...I make a point to donate money and when possible my time to help less fortunate people and charities.

    1. Bill Manning profile image59
      Bill Manningposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Oh please, never never feel embarrassed to feel your doing well! That's what we all strive for, to do well money wise. I'm hoping by the end of this year I'll hit my goal of making what I want to make each week. And all while working at home on the net. smile

  23. thisisoli profile image73
    thisisoliposted 13 years ago

    I'm poor, but that is mostly down to immigration costs for America, so far it has cost me and my partner over £3000 in travelling, legal, medical, and processing fees, but hopefully just three more months and I will be there!

    I am earning a fair bit on here, but I always need more!

    I am hoping that when the recession starts to receed, Google click value will begin ot rise again, and more people will buy off Amazon again!

  24. profile image0
    JeanMeriamposted 13 years ago

    I’m not poor and broke, but I have 6 kids. One is in university and we try to help her out as much as possible which makes us a little closer to broke. It all depends on priorities I guess whether you feel broke or not.

    I think broke people have the internet and probably should because it replaces so many other things. Even going to the corner to buy the newspaper to look for a job costs about $1.00 each day which is the cost of our internet. Plus there are videos, music, tv shows etc all online. We actually shut off our satellite and just watch the shows online. The internet saves us tons of money. My daughter in college is poor, but a lot of school is online now. They can’t go to university without internet these days. Most of her assignments and tests are online and they just go to the school for lectures.

  25. profile image0
    Madame Xposted 13 years ago

    There's poor-

    and then there's broke.

    The first is a state of mind, the second a state of wallet smile

  26. aguasilver profile image69
    aguasilverposted 13 years ago

    I got wiped out in the bankers crisis (which we paid for)so yes I'm poor by comparison to what life used to be like, when frankly I was kinda rich!

    But I am more content now than ever before, and like our friend said, poor is a state of mind!

    I'm definitely broke, and at 58 there are few 'jobs' available, and in Spain there are few business 'opportunities'.

    Oh and they also stopped my health business last week! - that used to provide a few Euros each month!

    Shucks, why did you even ask that question!


  27. megs78 profile image59
    megs78posted 13 years ago

    We are not rich, but we are not broke either.  The money we have is enough.  We drink good wine at dinner parties we host and we vacation in our Province rather than take a trip to disneyland.  But we are always ok.  Our 3 kids have what they need and I think thats what matters the most.

  28. WriteAngled profile image77
    WriteAngledposted 13 years ago

    I earn a bit more than the average UK income from my translation, so I can't say I'm broke. However, I have to work exceedingly long hours to earn what I do. I worked right through last night until 7am. Got up at noon, started work again. It's now 2.45am and I'm still working, with breaks on here to help me keep going.

    At the age of 56, my main concern is that I will not be able to retire ever on my existing pension fund. A combination of studying until 25 and then living abroad meant I didn't enter employment until I was 34. For many years, I did not earn enough to contribute much to my pension or to save. I don't have the option of downsizing my house to raise capital either, as it is a very small house in one of the cheapest areas of the UK.

    I would love to build up some residual income through writing, so that I can at least look forward to easing up a bit as I get older!

  29. Mama Sez profile image66
    Mama Sezposted 13 years ago

    not poor...not broke...but not filthy rich...doing great with what we have...HAPPY smile big_smile

    There are free internet access. 
    But for ours, we are paying like $24 including landline phone.


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