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How do poor People Think? Nobody can ever truly comprehend what it resembles to be poor until they are forced to get by on not as much as nothing. It can calm, shocking and customarily unfortunate, yet the individuals who are less lucky are left with minimal decision until they can get recovered. For everyone else, we have the internet.

In an askreddit discussion titled "What Do Poor People Buy that Ordinary People Know Nothing About?," users shared what it resembled growing up poor and the things they'd need to do to survive that most "normal" individuals couldn't envision. Their stories will make you reconsider what it resembles to live.

Here are 20 stories that will make you value all that you have in life.


“My office only has a unisex bathroom so it has the facilities for men and women. Naturally there’s a tampon machine, and tampons are only 5 cents. Once a month I’ll work late, get a roll of nickels and fill up a grocery sack with tampons for my wife.”


“I learned how to be resourceful when I was dirt poor. That skillset is still with me. Nowadays, I’m no longer poor but I could not put myself to buying something that I do not need and if I did; I feel like shit. Some people get a high from shopping, I get that shit feeling when I buy something.”


“When I was child, Burger King ran a special kids meal where it was two mini Burgers that were attached to each other like a weird conjoined burger experiment. Sometimes we would go. My dinner was 1.5 of the mini burgers, my moms dinner was the half I didn’t eat and she would fill up on the free refills of soda.”


“my mom would buy a small personal pizza for my brother on special occasions like if he did really well on a test at school or something. Even though it was only like $2, she couldnt afford anything for herself so she would eat his leftover crust. She told me he would always tell her “Mommy are you hungry? Go buy one just for you” and she would just say “No I’m not hungry, I only want a little snack”

She only just told me this a few years ago and I was shocked because by the time I came along my dad had gotten a good job and we lived just like anyone else… I had no idea that my older brother grew up like that.”


“This got me too because I remember my mom doing the same thing at Burger King. They had this deal where you could get 2 burgers and 2 fries for $2.22. There were five of us boys and she was a single mom, so she’d order like 3 or 4 of these deals and just eat whatever was left (if anything).

 Texting her now to say thank you.”


“I was so poor once that I would go to Long John Silvers and order a water and crunchies (which used to be free) then sit there and watch the people that would dine in.

It was amazing how little they ate. And then they would leave without dumping their tray off in the trash.

Fries, hushpuppies, chicken, fish… all untouched. No I didn’t eat a piece that was bitten off of.

I once saw a woman order a 2 piece fish and more for her kid, that ate 1 hushpuppy and a few fries, and then left the rest of it there. It was the best I had eaten in weeks.

Glad that’s behind me now.”


“Lots of school systems do free lunches for kids under 18 during the summer. When I was a kid I remember my dad taking us to get lunch at the school then go play disc golf, soccer, or do something else free and fun, it was a blast and I had no clue it was because we were poor.

Dollar theaters, and sometimes they have a free afternoon/evening show for kids with the purchase of a parent ticket. Many movies were seen by the three of us for $4 with a shared popcorn and coke.

My dad was amazing at making us feel rich on basically nothing.


A lot of people seem to pointing out my dad was irresponsible for having children without being financially prepared. My mom left us when I was 6, little brother was 2. She had her own stuff to work out, but she wasn’t there to help out. My dad was an assistant teacher at the time,working to become a teacher, which was plenty to support us with her help, but alone and suddenly without any help he struggled. He ended up getting a second job, but we were still pretty poor for several years before he got his teaching position.”


“I had to move out on my own when I was 17. I had no money at all and drove an old clunker Camry. I got a flat tire to match the flat spare in the trunk. I went to the Discount Tire on the East Side of Indianapolis, where I was living, to see if they could patch it.

When they got it on the rack, they said that belts were showing around the tire–in fact, all of the tires–and I would have to replace all four tires.

I thanked them, went outside, sat in my car and started crying. The manager came out and knocked on the window. He said that he had a set of tires that would fit my wheels that someone left when they got new tires. I told him thanks, but didn’t have any money. He told me not to worry about it and when I graduate, to come back and buy my tires from them.”


“I had a really odd childhood. Until age 9 my family would have been classed as upper middle class. Then my father left and my mum went bat-shit crazy.

From 9 to 18 we were dirt poor.

I remember being 10 years old and our weekly treat was to go to the Littlewoods cafe (I think they went bust) and they did a 99p 5 piece breakfast. We shared that among my mum, brother, sister, and me. One of us got the extra item; we’d take turns.

As an adult I have made sure my children will never know poverty because of excellent memories like that. Nothing motivates you more than memories of fighting over a solitary sausage.”


“I had just switched jobs, just moved to a new town, my car was broken, my boyfriend and I just split up so I was trying to make rent on my own, and my dog had a really bad ear infection that ended up costing almost $200 in medicine. I had -$6 in my bank account for another five days until payday and had zero food in the kitchen.

I posted there on a whim, and ended up with about $70 in Papa John’s gift cards. Damn good people there.”


“That's like me. I feel sick buying anything, and guilty unless I got an amazing deal or if it was used.”


“Extended stay housing or motels/hotels. When you can't qualify to get an apartment because you don't have proof of income, you end up wasting more money to stay for a week at extended day housing or a cheap motel. It sucks ass having no home/being a transient, I promise myself never to be in the same situation again.”


"My Dad was also king of this too.

Our bonding nights consisted of a couple rented movies from Blockbuster, turkey bacon on the George Foreman grill, and instant cappuccino powder in milk. He would save up the entire time between visits and when my sister and I visited, we would go on one big "adventure". One time we went horseback riding, another time we went cave exploring. We didn't have fancy camping gear either, we had his basic issue field stuff from the Army. He would make the coolest forts and we'd spend a day/night out in the woods and play euchre or rummy by the campfire. My sister, my dad and I played a game called super spy, where my dad would leave clues, draw maps, pretend to be a character and give confessions. My sister and I would have to figure out the plot, who was the bad guy, and save the day.

My favorite thing we ever did was follow the creek out on my grandparents land and discover these little water falls. He bought a disposable camera and took my picture in front of every one of them. We made a colored map on poster paper, colored a legend, and he glued the pictures of me and my waterfalls on to it. I would lead my cousins on trips along the creek with my super spiffy map me and my dad made.

I get overwhelmed at times thinking about how hard he tried to make the time we had together awesome and never about what we couldn't do because we were too poor."


"I have been both very poor and very comfortable. A lot of very true statements already posted here, but here's what I have noticed. When you are broke, you can't plan ahead or shop sales or buy in bulk. Poor people wait to buy something until they absolutely need it, so they have to pay whatever the going price is at that moment. If ten-packs of paper towels are on sale for half price, that's great, but you can only afford one roll anyway. In this way, poor people actually pay more than others for common staple goods. Edit: Holy cats!"


"Stuff on layaway. My mom would always go to this store that sold heavily discounted irregulars and put it on layaway for our new school clothes."


"Near where I live there is one of those guys who cleans out basements and storage buildings for a living. he also has these huge yard sales 2 or three times a year along a main highway; pretty incredible to see. he even puts up traffic control and parking signs because so many people stop when it is busy.

This guy saves up all of the kid's clothes he comes across during the year, and toward the beginning of August he has a yard sale that is mostly clothing. The moms from the local trailer parks all come to this sale and fill bags with clothes for their kids, which he then puts in his garage and holds on layaway. These mothers come to his back door and make weekly payments on used school clothes and shoes for their kids all month."


"After selling plasma i would walk to wendys and eat the crackers and ketchup for dinner."


"I drove on a flat spare to a discount tire here in austin one morning. My husband's (then boyfriend) car was our only means of transportation and i had to take home to work first. I got to discount tire to get them to patch my flat and it was the same thing, the tire was bald to the mesh stuff, and another tire was, too. We had $23 to our names, we had just (thankfully) paid our rent, and i asked him to please just fix the flat and we would deal with it when we could.

He told me that he couldnt, in good conscience, let me drive on those tires, and then gave me two tires, just gave them to me. He said that he couldnt stand the thought of a tire blowing out on me, so he would take care of it. (It should be noted that I'm not even a cute girl)

We are much better off now, and whenever I need anything tire related, I go to that discount tire."


"Learning the times of the day when meat, bakery, fish, vegetable and misc. items are reduced to 75% at the local supermarket.

I've been learning for years, but it's a good day when you find 400g of fresh mince for 99p, and you have warm filling food that you used to take for granted when living with parents.

One thing Ive noticed about being poor is that you become almost vegetarian because meat just costs too damn much. Frozen or fresh.

Another thing would be buying the cheapest large container of yoghurt, and mixing in jam for fruity yoghurt. But that's not about being poor, that's just a good idea."


"A buddy of mine went through a tough time a few years back, and I didn't know about it until he told me about a year ago. One thing that stuck with me was that he made just enough money to survive. By survive, he meant literally enough money to pay rent, utilities and the cheapest, worst food he could buy. He couldn't afford transportation. Not even the bus.

He told me about a span of a few months he went through where he literally only ate water, dry noodles and peanut butter. For a few months...

He worked at a restaurant and they cut his hours. He couldn't find other work. His first big reality check was that he had to sell his car to make rent one month. The next month he started selling other "unnecessary items" his old TV, some old appliances and his nicer clothes.

He got to the point where he was doing his laundry with dish soap in his sink. He couldn't afford deodorant, razors or any of the things we take for he'd steal them from the grocery store. He didn't like to do it, but he had no choice. He never got caught.

When he told me all of this, I was floored. I wish he would have told me when it was happening. I would have helped any way I could. At that time, I was by no means living a fancy lifestyle, but I could have thrown him a $20 spot here and there to help him put some groceries in the house or some TP in the bathroom. Fuck, just thinking about it makes me ill.

He's still poor today, but he works full time and is least from what I see."



All the things can be bought with money. But money can't buy the values, the characters and the meaning in life that give us the motivation to continue living.

Boondi Ladoo (Motichoor) - Most Popular Indian Sweet

Boondi Ladoo (Motichoor) is a very popular sweet in India. It come under those sweet recipes or foods that Indian serves their Gods during their rituals and even on day to day worship.....

Boondi Ladoo requires a little bit effort and trick to make perfect Boondi Ladoo at home. The main part of this ladoo recipe is to make perfect round shape tiny ball or bundi. Do not worry, I will tell you each step and trick so that you will not face any problem so please read my instructions carefully....


  • Gram flour - 3 cups
  • Water - 1+3/4 cups
  • Baking powder - a big pinch
  • Yellow food colour
  • Red food colour
  • Green food colour
  • Chopped dry fruits
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Rose water - 1 tsp(optional)


  • Sugar - 3 cups
  • Water - 1+1/2 cup
  • Saffron thread - a pinch (optional)


At first make sugar syrup using sugar and water.You can add saffron thread in it also.

In bowl mix gram flour, baking soda, and water leave it for 5 minutes.

In two other small bowls pour 2- 2tbsp batter and mix red colour in one bowl, green colour in second bowl and yellow colour in big bowl.

Now in a kadhai heat ghee/oil to deep fry bundis. To check the consistency of batter with the help of a knife pour one-two drops of batter in hot ghee if it forms ball like shape then it is perfect but if it is making tail shape bundis then your batter is too thick so add 1-2 tsp water in it and if your bundis flatten then it means your batter is thin then add 1 tsp gram flour in it and mix it properly. Now again check your batter consistency if it is perfect then go ahead to make Boondi Ladoo.

Take one big hole puniya (ladle with hole). Pour some amount of batter in it and deep fry bundis.

With the help of another puniya take fried bundis out and transfer it to warm sugar syrup(add kesar in it).

Each time you pour bundis in oil clean your puniya properly from both sides.

In this way deep fry all bundis and transfer it to sugar syrup. Now mix chopped dry fruitsFree Web Content, cardamom powder and rose water in it and make Boondi ladoo from it.

Your Boondi Ladoo is ready to serve enjoy it with your family and friends.

Aggarwal Lassi - A House of Sweets and Namkeen

Yet another favourite haunt of sweet toothed Aggarwal Lassi Wala is a sweet and namkeen shop situated at Delhi Cantonment Sadar Bazar Road in New Delhi near Singh Son Bakeries where you should really go prepared to treat your taste buds with some of the best Indian desserts, lassi and snacks. Prepared with the freshest of ingredients, you can here sink your teeth into a delectable range of sinfully delicious desserts and choose to taste from various types of lassi that include kesar lassi, sweet lassi, masala lassi and plain lassi. It stays open day by day from 9 AM to 9 PM and gives take away food facility. Thanks to its attractive rates, the delicious fare here comes gentle on your pocket with the average cost for two ranging from Rs. 100 to Rs. 250.


ADDRESS: Sadar Bazar,  Delhi Cantt., West Delhi, Delhi

CATEGORIES: Dessert Shop, Fast Food Shop

CUISINES: Snacks, Desserts, Street Food

SERVICES: Serves Breakfast, Take Away

TIMINGS: Today 08:30 AM - 09:30 PM (Open Now)

PRICE RANGE: Inexpensive (Less than Rs. 500)

Khandani Pakode Wala Sarojini Nagar Delhi


Nestled between Africa Avenue and the Sarojini Nagar crossing, near the old Jain TV office is the Khandani Pakode Wala. The location is also famous for the dime-a-dozen car shops that are dotted along the road. It won't be difficult to pin-point Om Prakashji's shop for its always swarming with gentry.

The Khandani Pakode Wala is heaven for those who love to gorge on some pakodas. The outlet dishes out 10 types of pakodas at any given time. The pakodas are just amazing and the chutneys that come along are icing on the cake keeping in mind your pocket as well!

Most of us would like to have some delicious pakodas with chai. You must try Khandani Pakode Wala in Sarojini Nagar. They have amazing varieties of pakodas along with Dhokla and French Fries. Try their methi palak pakoda, sweet corn pakoda, pyaaz pakoda and mirchi pakoda. You will love all of them.

How to Get There?

“Khandani Pakode Wala” is situated near the Sarojini Nagar Market and is easily accessible from the ring road. Here you can find a pakoda of almost every vegetable, be it a common pakoda vegetable like Gobhi and Pyaaz or unusual one’s like Karela and kamal kakdi.

Turn towards Sarojni Nagar from Ring road. The Pakoda shop is jut 50ms towards the left.

Prices & Menu

Prices are very cheap, and pakodas for two won’t cost you more than Rs. 50. The food is hygienic and it is a great stop-over for a quick bite. But the main USP of this Vendor is the Chutney. Chutney is a bit spicy but AWESOME, it is different than any normal Chutney you can find. Chai along with these pakodas will definitely make a deadly combo.

Punjabi Dum Aloo Recipe

Punjabi dum aloo has a tang from tangy tomatoes and sweet hint from onions and cashews and in combination with the usual indian spices, what you get is a creamy and delicately spiced & flavored dum aloo.

PREP TIME : 20 mins
COOK TIME : 40 mins
TOTAL TIME : 1 hour

punjabi dum aloo recipe - creamy and delicately spiced & flavored dum aloo.
CUISINE: indian

INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)

·         10-12 baby potatoes
·         1 large onion
·         1 large tomato
·         ½ inch ginger/adrak
·         2-3 garlic/lahsun
·         2 tbsp broken cashews or 10-12 king sized cashews soaked in water for 30 minutes
·         1 black cardamom/badi elaichi
·         1 inch cinnamon stick/dal chini
·         ½ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
·         ½ tsp red chilli powder/lal mirch powder
·         1 tsp coriander powder/dhania powder
·         1 tsp fennel powder/saunf
·         ½ tsp garam masala powder
·         ½ tbsp lemon juice or 1 tbsp yogurt
·         1 to 1.5 cups water
·         1 or 2 tbsp coriander leaves for garnishing


1.    rinse the baby potatoes and wipe them dry. keep the peel on. halve or quarter them if big in size or keep them whole.
2.    shallow or deep fry in medium hot oil till they are golden browned and completely cooked.
3.    grind the soaked cashew to a smooth paste. grind the onions, ginger and garlic to a smooth paste. also blend the tomatoes to a smooth puree.
4.    heat 2 to 3 tbsp oil. add the black cardamom and cinnamon. fry till the oil becomes fragrant and then add the onion-ginger-garlic paste.
5.    on a low flame fry the paste till it becomes golden brown and the oil separates. this takes about 9-10 minutes.
6.    add the tomato puree to the browned paste and stir.
7.    after 3-4 minutes, add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, fennel powder one by one.
8.    stir again and fry till the oil separates. takes about 10-12 minutes.
9.    now add the cashew paste and yogurt (if you are going to use yogurt, at this stage).
10. again fry the masala paste till the oil separates. this takes about 3-5 minutes.
11. now add approx 1 to 1.5 cups of water. bring the gravy to a boil.
12. add fried potatoes and simmer for some 4-5 minutes till the gravy thickens.
13. lastly add lemon juice (if you are going to use this, at this stage). add salt.

14. garnish dum aloo with some chopped coriander leaves and serve punjabi dum aloo hot with rotis or steamed basmati rice.

Spot Introduction: Paranthe Wali Gali Chandni Chowk

Situated in the historic Chandni Chowk region of New Delhi, the Paranthe wali gali as the name proposes is eminent for the tremendous number of shops offering paratha that is a fried Indian bread. Note that the parathas are entirely vegetarian! The parathas are extremely budget-friendly and you can eat to your taste buds content!

Paranthe Wali Gali Chandni Chowk! Why Popular? 

The element film "Paranthe Wali Gali" likewise highlighted the lively culture of a spot which was previously the center point of life amid the Mughal rule.The film has been named after Paranthe Wali Gali, Old Delhi's popular by-path known for its wide exhibit of enticing paranthas, on the grounds that the spot will be appeared as a scenery of the film. 

The most effective method to reach Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandani Chowk, Old Delhi 

To reach Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandani Chowk you can take New Delhi Metro (Yellow Line: Jehangirpuri-Huda City Gurgaon). Chandni Chowk is the closest Metro Station to Paranthe Wali Gali. 

All shops stay open from 9 am to 11 pm. On the other hand, few of them doesn't acknowledge new requests after 10 pm. 

Paranthe Wali Gali Menu 

On the off chance that you are pondering what to eat at Paranthe Wali Gali. Quit thinking any longer, Paranthe Wali Gali is a gastronomical involvement in the by-path of Chandni Chowk. 

The Paranthas served here is entirely veggie lover. Shops at Paranthe Wali Gali serve Paranthas loaded down with fillings like Chilies, Lemons, Kajus, Badams, Matar, Khoya, Rabri, Bitter gourds, Lady fingers, Radishes, Carrots, Cauliflowers, Paneer, Aaloo, and so on. 

You can likewise attempt the most surprising stuffing: Papad Parantha, Banana Parantha, Rabdi Parantha, Kaju Parantha and Khurchan Parantha. 

They serve Paranthas with sweet lassi (served in Kulhars), sweet tamarind chutney, mint chutney, blended vegetable pickle, paneer and potato curry, and a sauteed squash of sweet pumpkin. 

Where to Eat Best Paranthas at Paranthe Wali Gali? 

Of the 20 parantha shops in the Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandani Chowk amid late 1960s, just three remain today: Pt Kanhaiyalal Durgaprasad Dixit (estd 1875), Pt Dayanand Shivcharan (estd 1882) and Pt Baburam Devidayal Paranthewale (estd 1886). 

It is trusted that all Parantha shops have a place the same crew. 

Quick Tips: 

• Buy a metro card as that is speedier method for voyaging as opposed to purchasing tokens. 

• If you miss your train, don't freeze… basically sit tight for the following train, as the interim between trains is scarcely a couple of minutes separated. 

• Always request help or data at these metro stations, as the general population are accustomed to driving by means of the metro. 

• Be fast when you venture in and venture out of the train, in light of the fact that you will then be pushed around by the group, and may simply miss getting out, or onto the train. 

• Ask the general population on the train on the off chance that they have any thought on which side of the train the entryways will open at the station you are going to get down in. 

• When you get down at Chandini Chowk, there are various cycle rickshaws and electric vehicles, for example, automobiles that will take you to Paranthe Wali Gali. On the other hand, the quickest route is by cycle rickshaw as it can explore through the to a great degree thin paths. 

• Do deal with the cycle rickshaw driver and fix the cost before making a beeline for Paranthe Wali Gali. 

• Do not lose your temper when you're at the well known Paranthe Wali Gali. Being bumped here and there accompanies the experience of going by these remarkable sustenance joints… so take in the experience without protesting! 

• Keep your belongings safe… as chances seem to be, you can get pick-stashed at the metro and in different spots amid your go to this