35 People On Reddit Share What They Saw As Luxury While They Grew Up Poor


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We rarely see a thread on any social media platform that happens to be completely relatable to our own stories. It seems that this is one of those unicorns. Reddit is the place many people feel like home because of the things they find there on a daily basis. In this case, a user asked others about the things they considered a pure luxury while they grew up in poor families. We loved this one immediately after we saw it, which is why we share some of the best posts.

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1. The trips 

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The worst part about being poor as a kid is that other kids would often point at you because they find it hard to understand why you don’t have the things they do.

2. The Lunchables 

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It is true that some people deprive their kids of this or that, but not having something to snack on while on a trip is something we can never accept. Still, it is a matter of having the money to provide it.

3. The heat

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Well, this is something we can really agree that never feels good, but it was done for a reason. Most people who grew up poor know that their parents counted every dime.

4. The children 

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We guess that having too many mouths to feed is something that some accept as a blessing, but those who have trouble providing for such a large family surely felt this like a burden.

5. The parents

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Most hard-working families are always like this. The kid stays at home while the parents are always out working and trying to provide for that same kid. It is not right, but it is how it is most often.

6. The breakfast 

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It seems that being poor results in so many ways, especially once you grow up. One of these things is the habit of not enjoying breakfast, but adults do it for a different reason – intermittent fasting.

7. The shower

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Well, this is one of the things that can make us sad, because we know that we were forced to save both water and heat in order to save money. Still, the good old times were not that bad.

8. The bedroom 

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This is hardly a surprise to most people who either grew up poor or had to live in a small home with their parents. The luxury of having your own room was a real privilege.

9. The coat

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It is true that this is the reality for most large families, and there is seemingly nothing wrong with it. Still, the confidence of a kid having their own new clothes is something you can feel.

10. The cereal 

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Here is how some people tend to consider as a bit too much the most ordinary of things. In this case, the person who shared this probably thought cereal to be a dream food.

11. The trailer 

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Not having something as usual as a door for your room is hard to be believed by those who never thought this to be a privilege, but we can all see it was exactly a privilege for many people.

12. The school

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Here is one honest, yet sad story, and we cannot say we don’t relate. As you can see, this person’s parents probably had a hard time making ends meet.

13. The brand 

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As we already mentioned, some people never really had the ordinary things many kids had, like cereal, for example. We guess this is how some individuals grew to be tough and appreciate the little things now.

14. The A/C

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It appears that having an air conditioning unit at home was a huge thing for some families. We actually never had one, and we wonder how we went through so many hot summers.

15. The new clothes 

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There are many kinds of traumas that people sometimes realize before it was too late. In this case, the person remembers the struggles of growing up poor too well.

16. The bath

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Here is how something as common as taking a shower is also the thing many people thought to be a luxury back in the day. We felt kind of sad about this story, too.

17. The meat

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Being poor in the middle of the 20th century was something that most people born way after that would find hard to understand. We know that people had a tough life back then.

18. The restaurant 

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This is surely one of the posts in the thread that most people would relate to. There is no telling just how many people visited a restaurant on rare occasions while growing up.

19. The sale 

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Here is how one person grew up the way many of us did – thinking that they could never afford anything that was not on sale. This was true, but it was not a rule by any means.

20. The candy

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Here is yet another post that suggests just how poor some people were while growing up. There is no telling just how good all these people must have felt when they finally bought the forbidden fruit, so to speak.

21. The hot water 

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There are numerous things that make all the difference between those who grew up poor, and the kids that had it all. We know how it feels to have literally nothing you can brag about.

22. The electricity 

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This is a bit too much, and you can understand why. Some people feel really bad about it, but they cannot even afford to pay the bills for the utilities they use.

23. The meals 

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This is even worse than the previous post. Some people were forced to endure a really hard time that could sometimes be unbearable. We feel bad when we see posts like this one.

24. The pizza

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This is a relatable thing to millions of people. Still, we guess that it could be far worse, just like the post prior to this one suggests. Having pizza now and then is something similar to a privilege for poor people.

25. The movie 

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We can remember like it was yesterday the moments when we were allowed to go and rent a movie from our local place. It was something we can compare to a holiday.

26. The upstairs 

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Here is how some people take for granted the things they were provided with as kids, while others who had far less compared to them were only able to dream about these things.

27. The things 

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These things are typical for large families who had a regular budget, and we all know how saving money feels like. It meant you had to do several things you never wanted to do.

28. The KFC

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The special occasions for poor kids were sometimes rewarded with activities that others simply took for granted because they were ordinary things most people did every other day.

29. The pancakes 

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This post made us wonder because pancakes are never really something expensive to prepare. We guess the user’s own assumption is correct in this case.

30. The ravioli 

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Some kids have their favorite meal for reasons that might sometimes be too hard to explain. In this case, one person continues to eat ravioli, and this meal was a treat to them back in the day.

31. The milk 

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This sounds nasty, but it was the reality for many people who struggled with poverty while growing up. We know how this feels and the best thing about it is the moment you treat yourself with the real thing.

32. The dentist 

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Knowing that people who were poor when they raised their kids had to do everything they can to create a working budget was a struggle, you can hardly get mad about such things. Doctors are expensive.

33. The privacy

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We understand that people who grow up need their privacy, and especially teenagers need to have as much privacy as they can. Some kids never had such a privilege.

34. The jeans 

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This sounds like a fairly simple thing, but some kids never had the pleasure of going to the mall and buying the clothes they wanted. The feeling is not nice, and we know it personally.

35. The new clothes 

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This is one of the common things that people who grew up poor can share about their past. The post above suggests a line we prefer not to comment on at all.


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Patrick Bennet
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