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Mel C.
ohloverx 7th-Dec-2012 05:27 am (UTC)
What exactly do you consider trying to "pass" as middle class (other than what is mentioned in the article)? What indicators are we using to define poor vs. middle class? Is it about wealth or earnings, or is it more about what we're able to do with the money we have?

I struggle with these things because while my husband and I live on less than 30k a year, we have some luxuries, we have healthcare, we have a nice, working car, etc. Based on income, we'd be considered poor, but based on lifestyle (which we are able to afford with little debt), our experience doesn't resonate with that of a lot of other low income families. Sure, we can't afford everything we want with ease, but if I go into a store and see a book I want, or a video game, or we don't feel like cooking and want to go out, we can have it and not worry about bills, food, shelter, transportation, etc. I don't know where we fit. We're too poor to be middle class, it seems, but we're not poor enough to really be poor.
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