What was your standard of living growing up?

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i grew up in a house which was neither rich or poor , my parents had problems but not massive problems , just the normal ones..
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When I was young not many people I knew had a high standard of living. Now I know some people have much more, but because there were relatively few lifestyle magazines, or instagram, we were not encouraged to aim for a certain standard, nor was I encouraged like young people today, to envy more affluent people.

For instance I would never be aware of brands like jimmy Choo or prada. Just give me a book and I was happy.

People want too much nowadays and it’s a shame.
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Middle class family? I think everyone here has the same experience. I can't imagine a lower class family asking this because they may not have a computer or a upper class family or even the royals posting here because they maybe have a more royal-like forums to post in. Posh posh forum.
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Middle class but taught the value of money from a very young age.
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wasn't rich but I sure felt rich😂😂
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Umm, I'm not sure what to say, lol. Definitely not middle class.
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dunno??
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I was nearly 15 when we could first afford to go to Europe on holiday on a plane.
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I was nearly 15 when we could first afford to go to Europe on holiday on a plane.
Same, well I still haven't been
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Odd question

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Middle class family? I think everyone here has the same experience. I can't imagine a lower class family asking this because they may not have a computer or a upper class family or even the royals posting here because they maybe have a more royal-like forums to post in. Posh posh forum.
Most people have computers nowadays, even if you come from a low income family there are still computers in schools.
Please show me an example of these royal forums I am most intrigued :toofunny:
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i grew up in a house which was neither rich or poor , my parents had problems but not massive problems , just the normal ones..
It was a very long time ago. Us kids had cooked school lunches and our evening meals were usually jam on toast. There was no family car, no house phone (mobiles didn't exist), and we rented our TV paying for it by putting coins in the meter on the back. Sometimes we had to hide behind the sofa when people knocked on the door wanting payments for things.

Dad worked in a low paid factory job during the day and mum did similar in the evenings. They did a great job in providing for 4 children. We didn't have much money but I never considered us poor or disadvantaged either.
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In retrospect, about as working class and close to the breadline as was possible before the advent of foodbanks.

No family household car, ever.
No family holidays abroad, ever. (I was twenty when I first went anywhere on a plane.)
No central heating in family home, ever.
No double glazing until I was into my twenties.
No landline telephone until I was in my teens.
No internet or PC until I was 20, (I completed the first 2 years of a computing degree with no access to a PC at home.)
I was on free school meals from primary through to AL’s.
My first job washing dishes was for circa £2.50/hour

You would think I grew up during the war looking at the above, but it was just the reality of an unskilled single parent household in the 80’s. As above, I had access to libraries and I had a fantastically happy childhood.

So yes, a lot of the concerns of younger people do make me roll my eyes. But it’s not their fault, it’s just the standard of living they’ve become accustomed to.
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CoolCavy. Royal forums? That’s what I thought. They probably get their servants to phone their friends servants instead, lol.

There seems a sharp difference in the childhood experiences of us oldies. We didn’t know how deprived we were, but when we look back we were happy and never felt poor.
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(Original post by FemaleinDress)
i grew up in a house which was neither rich or poor , my parents had problems but not massive problems , just the normal ones..
That was the same for everyone.
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So yes, a lot of the concerns of younger people do make me roll my eyes. But it’s not their fault, it’s just the standard of living they’ve become accustomed to.
Ditto you for those a couple of generations earlier.
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I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family with money.
That said I was never spoilt, and my Dad taught me the value of money from an early age.
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pretty poor.

Single parent household, unemployed, multiple times with no gas and electricity, went without dinner at least once a week, didn't have the internet until about 2013 (other than the three months in 2005), had free school meals (which was the norm in my schools) among other things.
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(Original post by FemaleinDress)
i grew up in a house which was neither rich or poor , my parents had problems but not massive problems , just the normal ones..
Not poor but nowhere near rich but was able to go out to fancy restaurants couple of times a month and holidays every year.
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Please show me an example of these royal forums I am most intrigued :toofunny:
I wish I could considering it's a forum for the royals, private invite only maybe where they fund their own forums. I know they're out there. Maybe the same for the upper class. If they have nightclubs, when they have forums. Maybe that's just a wild dream, rumor I'm making. :/
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Fairly decent. My parents are divorced but in each house I had food, heating, clothes and love.
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