Broke vs. Poor

I’m house-sitting over this Thanksgiving weekend.  It’s fortuitous because it’s been pretty cold out lately.  I’m feeling pretty cozy and warm now in this big house.  I’ve house-sat here a few times and believe it or not, I rarely sleep in the bed that I’m allowed to sleep in.  I usually sleep on a leather couch in the office/library.  Weird huh?

So I’m kind of slumped down in this couch listening to TV and reading on the internet.  I just finished reading the following:

Is there a real difference between poor and broke?

Of course not.

I’m not suggesting that poverty isn’t a valid and real existence for millions of people the world over.

But it sure is more satisfying to be frugal because you’re broke, rather than because you’re poor.

And I’ve certainly been broke in my life, but I sure as hell have never been poor.

Maureen’s note:  In case anyone is wondering, I don’t feel poor at all.  Sometimes I’m not even broke.

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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5 Responses to Broke vs. Poor

  1. Poor is an attitude that affects the way you see opportunities to improve your life. Broke just means you recognize the opportunities to earn an income, but don’t have a way as of yet to make them happen.

    I’ve been broke in my life, but I’ve never been poor. Been down to a tank of gas and $25 while living in a tin-roofed shack exchanging feeding cattle for the right to live there, so I was broke, but I was in no way poor. Eventually found a job then a better one and then an even better one. Wasn’t broke no more and, boy, did I save as much cash as I could. A poor man spends all his income just as fast as he can, but a broke man earns, spends, and saves his income wisely.

    • Maureen says:

      I think ill-health, whether mental or physical are the only things that could make me feel poor in the current economy.

      I also can’t downplay the fact that if my van broke down and I didn’t have the money to fix it, a relative or friend would give or loan me the money to do so. If this were not true, I would feel a lot more vulnerable.

      Funny thing is, when I was single parenting my children I didn’t have as many people to fall back on for financial help so I did have a rather poor, frantic feeling a lot of the time. I may have had more potential help than I thought I did though…I was just very proud and didn’t ask for anything. I still don’t ask for much, actually. It doesn’t feel right.

  2. Ryu says:

    I think it’s good to be frugal. Like a kid with in a toy store, the appeal of alot of things is just superficial. It’s hard to add something to one’s life that is truly profitable. It allows one to focus on things that are real and important, not just novelties.

    • Maureen says:

      Things are a burden to me. I couldn’t wait to unload all the stuff I had in my condo. Even now, I find myself wanting to simplify even more. I’ve been eyeing my clothes lately…wondering if I could do with less. Have to be careful not to get the homeless look though, so for now, I’m keeping most of them.

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