Street Currency

I know some people who sleep rough (outside).  Not only do they sleep rough but they are outside for most of the day because almost everything costs money.  The library is a good hang out but it’s not open all the time and I’m sure it gets boring after a while (not for me cuz I’m an internet addict!)

Anyway, some homeless people have money.  They might have a disability check, they might work a little or they might get a regular allowance from family.  It usually isn’t a lot or they’d have a place to live but it’s enough to buy some meals (and sadly drugs and alcohol, although not everyone on the street is addicted).

I’ve noticed that in certain circles when you have money, you are expected to share and when you don’t have money, one of your friends will share with you.  You want to be known as someone who shares so if you are broke people will help you.  I have watched this in action and it’s quite interesting.

I have given out money here and there but don’t receive any.  That’s ok by me but I imagine, if I were to find myself in trouble, I would probably be able to borrow 5 dollars for a meal or whatever.  Oh wait!  Actually I did  borrow 5 dollars for gas once so I could get to the bank and cash a check so I could buy more gas!  The person I asked knows I work so he knew I would pay him back right away.

I don’t really want to live that way, depending on others and having demands on the money I make but I like the sort of community feel of it.  I imagine my European ancestors may have helped each other like this in different times and I see Mexicans (who are part European of course) do this even today.  They buy lottery tickets together, pay for parties and weddings together and so on.  I have even heard of money pools where you pay into it for months or years and eventually you will “win”.  It’s a sure thing, not left to chance.  When it’s your turn, you win.  It’s an informal savings plan I guess.  I like this idea.  I wonder if any of the Mexicans ever renig on the deal and I wonder what happens if they do.  They are probably mostly family members so to renig might put you out of the protection and help of the family circle (as it should).  I’ll bet people don’t renig very often.

Anyway, that’s what’s on my mind today!

PS.  It looks like I’m not going to be able to get all my comments back.  That makes me very sad!  Sorry guys and gals!

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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8 Responses to Street Currency

  1. Ryu says:

    My library lowered the number of hours to 3 on the computer. Some of our homeless were spending all day on the compu. I have seen many free sleepers at the lib. It’s a fav spot.

  2. Angela says:

    We only get an hour on the computer here but if you have some sort of device that can connect to wi-fi then you can stay on that as long as you like. And of course there are all the books.

    The best library for just hanging out is about 20 minutes away. Upstairs they have a lounge with comfortable chairs in front of a fireplace and artwork.

    I haven’t seen the street currency thing here as much except in the Mexican community. More times folks from the “regular” community hand out a lot of money to people.

    I was in the line at the food bank and a man walked up to me, holding something out to me to put in my hand. I took it and he quickly walked away. It was a $100 bill.

    The more I learn about poverty and homelessness, the more grateful I am for the resources around this area. It would be hard to go hungry or go cold. Housing is very tough but the climate isn’t too difficult, wet, but rarely horribly cold.

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      I think there could be some cold nights but if you are willing to be humble and open about your problems there are wealthy people, often, but not always Christian, that are willing to pay for motel rooms for short periods. I should blog about this.

  3. lucy says:

    On July 24, 2015 talked about a diet, U planned to lose 60 lbs, 6 months later how successful was your diet ?

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