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    I wouldn't say we were particularly poor or well off.

    When we moved house when I was younger I thought wow this is massive, but when I compared it, it was half the size of all my friends houses.
    My friends used to go on big fancy family holidays whereas we would stay somewhere in a tent in rainy England.

    To be honest I never really thought about money. I just accepted what we had and that was it.
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    had a bread sandwich yesterday

    the struggle is real
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    My "wow I am well off" moment was when I realised that I live in a capitalist economy in the 21st century.

    Edit: I meant specifically a capitalist liberal democracy.
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    When I go out with my friends and they're trying to look for the cheapest option in every circumstance
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    (Original post by SophieSmall)

    - the look of confusion and pity on friends faces when they asked me what I got for Christmas or birthdays, that one was probably one the worst.
    Been through it as well.

    -hearing my mum cry at night on the phone about money, that's when I realised mainly and stopped asking for things.
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    (Original post by kka25)
    Been through it as well.



    :hugs: sorry you went through it too.
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    (Original post by twisted)
    When I go out with my friends and they're trying to look for the cheapest option in every circumstance
    This is me on days or nights out, does it annoy you? I always feel like I'm being a bit annoying when I'm being so cheap...but I don't really have much choice.
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    (Original post by tillytots)
    I guess I'm lucky though that I did experience what it felt like to have everything. It's taught me aswell alot of things about money and to avoid my parents mistakes.
    Financially, what were their mistakes?
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    (Original post by SophieSmall)
    :hugs: sorry you went through it too.
    Thank you.

    Well, to me personally, I don't find being pitied during that age is something that I think about but I'm sure it has some effects on me and my personality; in what way I don't know. I'm still figuring out how being in that state has affected someone : /
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    (Original post by SophieSmall)
    I w:lol:as too scared to touch anything in case I broke something and owed a million bajillion pounds
    :lol:

    I still feel the same whenever I go to a very expensive place acutally
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    (Original post by SophieSmall)
    This is me on days or nights out, does it annoy you? I always feel like I'm being a bit annoying when I'm being so cheap...but I don't really have much choice.
    most certainly not annoying, very humbling though I must say
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    For me it was probably avoiding socialising and "hanging" out because I thought I'd need money to do things and didn't want to put my parents in that position.

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    When you realise you only get clothes at xmas, birthdays and when its given to ya. Still happens at 17 bit i take it for granted


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    (Original post by kka25)
    Financially, what were their mistakes?
    Mainly never putting any proper roots down anywhere. We always moved, they were business owners and never wanted to stick to one thing, never really setting up any back ups i.e saving accounts,bonds or pensions and just being pretty frivilous.
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    One thing I remember vividly was when I was 8, sitting on the couch and then hearing my mum in the room next to me crying her eyes out to her best friend about our financial situation. Ever since then I stopped asking for toys and games.

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    I never really thought about money when I was little but I remember being about 5/6 and the joy of that whenever my mum's friend would come over she would bring me and my sister a packet of polo's each. My family had more money as I got older, they where never rich but we weren't bad off. But looking back and growing up when something that small meant the world to you, it helped teach me the value of money and to appreciate what you have.
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    (Original post by XMaramena)
    2007. Living on old sofa cushions outside in the yard for 2 days after we fell so badly in debt, we had to sell the house and had nowhere to go.

    2012. Being handed my £30,000 bar bill and signing it off on the VIP tab with a shrug at a 5 star beach resort in Dubai.

    Rags to riches eh. Well, that was the peak of what I had in my life - I'm not nearly as privileged now, but working back up to it - slowly and surely. But it'll be a long time until I'm back there again.
    Sorry to be nosy, but what did you do between 2007 - 2012? 30,000 bill:eek:
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    Knowing that we were poor:

    - Growing up in an area shown on the programme secret millionaire
    - having a treat day once a month; the treat being a packet of crisps from the corner shop down the road.

    Knowing that we were well off:

    - My dad received a 5 series as a company car
    - Spent over £500 for a 2 week economics summer school
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    (Original post by LostGear)
    Sorry to be nosy, but what did you do between 2007 - 2012? 30,000 bill:eek:
    Lived in a tax haven with a high paying part time job.
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    (Original post by XMaramena)
    Lived in a tax haven with a high paying part time job.
    Again, sorry to be so nosy! But what job was it? in what sector?
 
 
 
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