Being poor is expensive

Unless you have experience living under the poverty line, there is a good chance you don’t know how expensive it is to be poor. Many don’t understand how much time, energy and money is required to make ends meat.

The truth is being poor is more expensive than being in the upper or middle classes in more ways than one. Why is poor more expensive?

Debt

When you are barely surviving from paycheck to paycheck, you can only make minimum payments on your credit card bill or loan to get by even. The problem with this is that all you’re paying off, at this point, is the accrued interest. You aren’t paying off anything, you are just trying to keep the debt from getting worse.

Unfortunately, when you are poor, you can’t afford to think about the long run.

Groceries

Eating healthy isn’t cheap.

bike-1245904_1920When you are poor you must eat what they can afford, which unfortunately is not what is most nutritious. The problem is that healthy foods are usually too expensive. It’s one of the leading contributing factors to so many unjust health issues that poor people incur.

The biggest problem in our society is that healthy foods are usually too expensive. It’s one of the leading contributing factors to so many unjust health issues that poor people incur.

Having access to healthy food shouldn’t depend on your income. The lack of access to healthy food is one of the leading contributing factors to so many unjust health issues that poor people incur. The long term consequences of such diets can be even worse.

Who the hell cares about long term health consequences when you can barely pay rent? People are much more worried about being evicted. That is an immediate threat.

You probably have heard about those initiatives that the government want to pass, about putting more tax on unhealthy food to encourage people to make the right choices. This isn’t the right approach. All you are doing is making food more inaccessible for the poor. You are effectively starving them to death. What we need is price cuts/incentive on healthy food.

 Shopping

True bargains are rare for the poor. Unfortunately, they are often at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing bargains.

credit-squeeze-522549_1920When you are poor, you don’t have the ability to buy in bulk. Buying in bulk can often save families money. Many of the products packaged in bulk are sold at a discount to encourage more sales.

You have to purchase cheaper, less expensive items that will rip, break, or run out faster than their more expensive counterpart because you can’t afford the extra cost.

You can’t always take advantage of sales either. Perhaps the deal only comes around once per year. Consumers can take advantage of this as long as they have enough in their bank account to purchase the item. Too often, the poor are forced to purchasing items at full price because you couldn’t afford to buy it when it was on sale.

Many poor households do not use the internet at all, which makes seeking out low prices harder.

 

Conclusion

Thinking and understanding what others go through on a daily basis help us be more empathetic, which is crucial if we ever wish to solve the problem in the first place.

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