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My Parents Made Way Less Money Than I Do, But This Is How They Managed Their Budget To Raise 5 Kids

Growing up, I had no idea that my family was poor, because we always had everything we needed and I never heard my parents argue about money.

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But long after I moved out and started making my own money, my dad gave me a reality check. I complained to him about my salary and he told me that my earnings were way more than he ever made. That got me to thinking…

How did my parents raise five kids on so little?

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One thing that made me feel like a complete failure at being independent was that while I made more than my parents ever did, I didn’t own a home and didn’t have a car the way they had my entire life — and I was only providing for myself, not a whole family. So how did my parents accommodate for five kids on a really small budget? Here’s how they did it, and how I’m learning to budget my own money today thanks to them:

90 percent of the things my parents bought were purchased at the swap meet and yard sales.

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From produce to home appliances, almost everything in our house came from the swap meet, where my mom could haggle for cheaper prices.

We almost never had fast food or went out to eat.

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On the rare occasion that my mom didn’t want to make food, my dad would get us hamburgers — but without cheese, because we’d add slices of cheese once we got home.

Our annual vacations were strictly road trips.

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And we almost never stayed at hotels.

Half the trips we took were camping vacations.

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And you can bet we took everything with us.

When we weren’t camping, we crashed with family.

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There’s no way to you can go to the town your family lives in and not call them. You’d be in big trouble.

My parents only ever bought used cars.


They’ve always said the number one investment is owning a home, which they always did. However, when it came to cars, they taught me the value lessons each year. The added bonus of buying a used car: you can pass it down to a primo when you’re done with it.

The only socializing we did was at family functions.

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There’s no need to spend money at the club or a movie theater when you have a cousin’s quinceañera or tía’s birthday party every Saturday.

If anyone got sick, we never used typical medicine.

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If you had a cold, a cough, a broken limb, or even a fatal disease, it wasn’t anything a little vaporú, tequila, and a prayer couldn’t handle.

We never bought name brand items.


If we wanted Nikes or a Barbie, we’d head straight for the swap meet.

We didn’t pay for childcare. Family takes care of family.

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Why pay for a babysitter when your oldest daughter can do the job for free?

If we needed a haircut, we’d make an appointment with the lady down the street.


Letting Lupe cut your hair was always a risk, but we had no choice. If the haircut was super bad, it would make for a good story later.

To some, this way of life might seem sad, but it wasn’t. I had the best childhood ever and it really made me value the stuff I did have. I didn’t take things for granted and realized the most important things in life could never be purchased.

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The ‘How It Started’ Memes Are Filled With The Funny And Wholesome Content We All Need In 2020

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The ‘How It Started’ Memes Are Filled With The Funny And Wholesome Content We All Need In 2020

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It is not a lie to say that 2020 has been a year of disappointment and high-stress scenarios. We’ve had to quarantine from a virus, wildfires are destroying a lot of land, and well, everything else going on has just made things worse. Fortunately, on Twitter trend is giving everyone a chance to see that things can get better.

Let’s face it, 2020 has been a tough year for everyone but one Twitter trend is making life a little better.

We’ve all seen the “How It Started” memes taking over social media in recent weeks. The memes are both funny and inspirational with some showing some amazing glow ups and others showing the crushing reality of everyday life. We have all felt like the man crying over 2020 at some point over the last 7 months. It’s like this year just doesn’t stop.

Relationships are a big part of this meme trend.

Oof. This is painful and so many of us know this to be true. 😭 Sure, we can all blame our relationship woes on the current state of the world. However, that would just be doing a disservice to ourselves and our love lives. Most of us who are single now have been single for a very long time pre-Covid. But, hey, no one knows that you’re lying if you blame Covid.

A few wonderful people highlighted their transition into their true selves.

Stunning. Show-stopping. Magnificent. We love to see it. There is nothing better to see in this world than someone living their authentic truth. Like, go and do your thing. Slay all of the hearts you see, honey, and take no prisoners. We are all better in their world to be surrounded by people living in complete honesty.

The Lil Nas X joined in on the fun and highlighted his own meteoric rise to fame.

The “Old Town Road” singer really did make a big name for himself. Not only did his song get made into a duet and remix with every artist imaginable, he beat Mariah Carey’s record. Lil Nas X went from someone that no one knew to unseating Mariah Carey for longest time spent at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts.

There are some very clever takes on this meme.

So, like, who else feels like they are being personally attacked by this meme? College might have been years ago but these memories linger. Tequila is just one of those things that so many of use have to learn the hard way and those lessons stick with you.

Simone Biles gave us one of the most memorable glow ups of the meme challenge.

Simone Biles is one of the most legendary women to ever walk this planet. The way she was able to make herself known around the world as the best gymnast is no short feat. She is and will always be one of the best women to represent the U.S. in the Olympics.

READ: President Trump Thinks Injecting Disinfectants Could Cure COVID-19 And The Memes Are Hilarious

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Latinos Share What They Admire About Their Parents- “They got dirt, *poop* and oil on their hands so I would never have to”

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Latinos Share What They Admire About Their Parents- “They got dirt, *poop* and oil on their hands so I would never have to”

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You don’t have to be Latino to know how amazing and full of strength our parents are. Hard-working, filled to the brim with love and wisdom, Latino parents (whether still with us, deceased or pulling the weight of their household on their own) are the backbone of just about every Latino community (big or small).

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the parents and abuelos who raised us we posed the question below.

From the question came an outpouring of answers and love.

Check them out below.

“Their bravery in coming here and the fact that they never settled for o.k.”- tlabax

“Definitely got to say i admire everything about my mother. The fact that she’s a single mother and not only raised me but others children as well all by herself. Worked several jobs throughout the years and still came home with no sleep all to take care of her loved ones. i’ve never met anyone more selfless, more caring, or more protective. As i’ve grown older i realize just how much her acts of kindness go such a long way for those around her. She is someone to live up to. I’d count myself lucky to be half the women she is today. Shes the one person i truly admire in this lifetime.”-v.mozqueda

“My parents dedication and commitment to giving us a life they never had the sacrifice to make sure that our family unit was a healthy one even if that meant apologizing to each other or to even us the unconditional love they showed even when we have wronged them and or fucked up in the worse way my parents are great and still show this and they deserve it all.”- alexis__polanco__


“My mother instilled a very strong work ethic in me. She was a single mother and never gave up. I am grateful she showed me what STRONG meant.”-jrespinosa93


“What I admire about my parents that they are so hardworking and have made so many sacrifices for me and my sister. They never give up and have been through a lot and have sticked together for more then 30 years.”-jocy_villas

“Serious answer though… they lived in so many countries when I was a child finally settling here in the United States. 🤷🏽‍♀️I have a panic attack about moving down the street , I can’t imagine picking up and leaving everything and everyone I love behind to start over in a strange country for the good of my kids .. talk about 10 toes down.”-420mee

“They got dirt, sh*t and oil on their hands so I would never have to.”- nrodriguez1322


There unconditional love, support and commitment to each other. 44 years together and counting.”- toyitabonita23


“Talking about my mamá….that she is an incredible mentor to countless women in her life…she has always been that way and somehow she is kind of unaware of that? She just does it, expecting nothing in return.”-camilabelen2

“Everything!! But at the top of my head at this moment I’d say their work ethic.”-mrsdelarosa0810

“The courage it took to leave their home in Cuba without knowing the language or culture, just to give their kids a better life. Te quiero Papa y Mamita.”-misael.929

“Shoot what don’t I admire about my mother? I admire the courage both my parents had by coming here with nothing and starting a new life. I admire how hard my mother worked, having two jobs and not speaking the language all just so she could provide for us. Gracias Mamí! I love you!”-jannet_pinon

“Their commitment to their children to be better educated, better life, better human beings with other people, to be proud of who we are and where we come from, to be good representatives of our countries so people change the stereotypes, of who we are.”-mangelinarmelvin

“Their communication and their dedication of raising their daughters to be prepare for the future. Strict or whatever I just know they want the best for us. I can’t wait to teach my children the same. Truly bless for their commitment of giving us everything especially love.”-shata_101

“My father worth ethic he instilled that into me and my siblings. And my moms lucha in everything that she did and still does.”-sjmomz

“My mom raised us in a single parent household. We never went to bed hungry, we were provided the essentials food, schooling. She never asked for assistance from anyone. She worked and still works very hard.”-2damoon4ever

“They loved each other until they passed away.”-ednamode50

“That they came to this country and nothing stopped them from accomplish their goals.”-tori_rose30

“They adopted me and provided for me despite being older people already.”-marquez_divasi

“Perseverance. Cuando se quiere se puede.”-themelissas

“The fact that I am still alive with this mouth of mine… I would’ve beat me😂😂. Every time My step kids do you some thing I call my parents and apologize.”-420mee


“they left everything in mexico to give their families a better future & they always put the needs of their family before their own.”-asusena_castillo15

“My mom is the toughest person I’ve ever met she’s a badass.”-guillermo83az

“Their determination to make a home in new place 100’s of miles away from their families. Their determination to learn a new language, and strive for more even when faced with opposition and heavy trials! For loving each other with every obstacle presented in the past 35 yrs, for teaching me and my sisters these and many more qualities! May we be a 10th of who they are and their amazing resilience to be more and achieve more!”-mcamakeupco

“The amount of strength they have to create a life for their family and still have compassion for others. Taking a very scary journey to get to America and never even talking about all they went thru. I never even heard my moms coming to America story until I was 23. Still haven’t heard the complete story only in pieces.”-haydeliko

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