What was your standard of living growing up?Watch
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.
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.
Please show me an example of these royal forums I am most intrigued
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.
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.
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.
That said I was never spoilt, and my Dad taught me the value of money from an early age.
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.