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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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Make Your Dad Feel Special This Christmas With A Latino-Inspired Gift That Will Speak To His Soul

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Make Your Dad Feel Special This Christmas With A Latino-Inspired Gift That Will Speak To His Soul

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Oh, man. Dads are great, right? They tell all sorts of terrible jokes and they just want the best for you. That’s why when the holidays roll around, you want to make sure they feel loved with super-thoughtful gifts. But it won’t be too hard for you this year, because you’ve landed here! And there happen to be tons of amazing gift ideas for dads literally right below this introduction. So there; have a read. 

‘El Jefe’ hat

This hat says everything your dad wants people to know. Not only is he a boss, but he is also the boss. No one can handle a carne asada like he can and it’s time he gets to brag about it everywhere.

BBQ bundle

I don’t know about your dad, but mine was always in charge of the carne asada. In his mind, no one else can cook a piece of steak as well as he can. So the best grill master in the world deserves the best gift ever, right? Well, look no further! The BBQ Bundle comes with this El Jefe Apron and a bottle of El Machete Hot Sauce so he can be ready to cook up some carne asada in style.

‘Annoyed in Spanish’ Dad hat

Having a bilingual dad means he can get annoyed in both English and Spanish (lucky you). We feel his pain, so we made this [Annoyed In Spanish] Dad Hat to wear on the days when he simply can’t with people. Stay strong, dad, we love you.

‘Puro Pinche Pari’ Tote

This isn’t just a tote bag, it’s a statement piece. If your dad is a bit of a social butterfly and always has a carne asada to attend to, get him ready for any party with the ‘Puro Pinche Pari’ Tote, and ¡salud! Not to mention, you should make him become a little more green with his own reusable bag.

‘Mi Gente Colombia’ tee

Your dad’s heart belongs to his family, his mother, and his homeland. Help him rep his pride for his country with this ‘Mi Gente Colombia’ Tee, and show the world you’ll never forget where you came from. Don’t worry. If you check out the mitú shop, you can check out all of the different countries that would be perfect for your dad.

‘Papi Chulo’ Hat

Your papi chulo is your ride or die who deserves only the best in this world. Show him how much he really means to you with this Papi Chulo Hat.

‘Pupusas & Curtido’ T-shirt

Pupusas & Curtido built your dad’s Salvadoran body and he must tell it to the world, wearing this amazing shirt. Truly one piece of clothing your father will love. Check out the mitú shop if your dad’s body was built on different foods.

‘Sweat now, tacos later’ water bottle

For the fit dad type, or if he’s just thinking of starting the year with a renewed sense of health and wellness, help him out with this little bottle. The more he works out now, the more tacos he’ll be able to eat later, right? Don’t lose sight of your fitness and goals with the ‘Sweat Now Tacos Later Water’ Bottle, papi.

‘Arepa money’ belt bag

Need something to hold all that hard-earned arepa money of his? Well, look no further. This Arepa Money Fanny Pack is perfect for holding cash, arepas, and whatever else your dad might need!

‘Avo Camo’ Sweatshirt

What’s more dad-like than a camo print? We’ll tell you what would make it better, hidden guacardos in the print, for the avocado obsessed dads out there. Each unique, all-over printed sweatshirt is precision-cut and hand-sewn to achieve the best possible look and bring out the intricate design. What’s more, the durable fabric with a cotton-feel face and soft brushed fleece inside means that this sweatshirt is bound to become his favorite for a long time.

‘Pregúntale a tu Mamá’ t-shirt

Your dad might be the man of the house, but everyone knows your mom is the one who makes all the rules. That’s why we made this Pregúntale A Tu Mamá Tee, which is basically your childhood in wearable form.

‘Back To The Taqueria’ Tee

Where we’re going, we don’t need fork because we’re going back to the taqueria! But we recommend you grab this apron before we sell out.

‘Modelo’ Men’s socks

Wear and drink what you like, it’s that simple. If your dad is a beer enthusiast who enjoys his modelo bien fría, gift him something he’ll like wearing too, like a matching set of socks.

READ: These 13 Latina-Inspired Gifts Will Make Your Mom Feel So Seen This Holiday Season

These 13 Latina-Inspired Gifts Will Make Your Mom Feel So Seen This Holiday Season

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These 13 Latina-Inspired Gifts Will Make Your Mom Feel So Seen This Holiday Season

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Finding the perfect gift for mom is always a challenge, isn’t it? You may already have ideas for gifts to give your siblings, or friends, or even your abuelos, but moms are tough to shop for. That’s why we’re thinking, why not gift her something fun and clever? It’s the experiences that we remember the most, so maybe a bland gift won’t be as memorable as that hilarious mug you got her that Christmas of 2019. So have a read below to find some comical and clever presents for your mamita. Because Latinos don’t give basic gifts, we won’t let you down. 

‘Mami’ necklace

Nothing sweeter, prettier or more classic, than gifting mom a piece of jewelry —or wait— we can think of something sweeter; a piece of jewelry with the word mami on it. “Mom” just doesn’t quite describe the head of a Latino family, the only term that can do her justice is mami or mamita or ‘her majesty… just saying. 

‘La Jefa’ apron

Sorry, this apron is for boss Latinas only*. If you are not one, please hit the back button on your browser immediately. Mom is the ultimate jefa. She runs the house, she runs the family, she raised you, for God’s sake —is there anything the woman can’t do? Get her the apron, she deserves it. 

‘Andale Por Pendeja’ t-shirt

If your mom is anything like mine, or any other mom on the planet, saying “I told you so” doesn’t quite cut it, and sometimes she might want to get her point across with just a smidge of judgment. Thankfully, mitú made this Ándale Por Pendeja Tee for such occasions! 

Mom’s Favorite Candle Set

You know who would love this Latino-inspired Candle Collection? Your mom. No, really. She’d love this refreshingly minty Sana Sana candle, or perhaps the soapy fragrance of this Te Boté one? And who could ever resist the iconic (yet triggering) Saturday morning scent of Fabulosa? No one, that’s who!

‘Poderosa’ hoop earrings

Nothing but the best for your queen. These hoops are 14 karat gold plated brass, and you know she deserves them. Because we’ve never met a more poderosa woman than a madre de familia. 

‘Comadres’ tee

Your mom was your very first comadre before you even made friends. Remind her about your special bond with this ‘Comadres’ tee, she’ll be moved to tears, guaranteed.

‘World’s best suegra’

Surprise your suegra with this mug, she hugs like a mother and loves like a friend so she deserves the best!! Ideal for the perfect mom-in-law. 

‘Te Calmas o Te Calmo’ chanclas

Who knew the most triggering of phrases would make a badass pair of chanclas? This Te Calmas O Te Calmo chanclas are not only fashionable, but subtly threatening to anyone who grew up in a Latino household, and it makes the perfect phrase for that mom who’s always keeping you in check. Help make her life easier by gifting her some chanclas with her signature phrase printed on it. You’re welcome. 

‘La Jefa’ iPhone case

Mom has some important phone calls to make, so let her make them in style. Help her flaunt her endless poder every time she takes out her phone. 

Concha Fleece Blanket

Carbs are the devil, yes, but mom’s precious conchas and cafecito definitely don’t count! Help mami stay warm in the winter with this Concha Fleece Blanket and enjoy whatever sweet dreams may come. And maybe make her a damn coffee once in a while. 

‘House Favorite’ dog bandana

Let’s be real here. The true golden child of your house is the dog. You know it, your siblings know it, and your mom knows it, too. Getting your mom’s beloved doggo a present equals to getting a present for the woman herself! So we made this House Favorite Dog Bandana for all of mom’s good boys and good girls out there.

‘Hermosa’ hoops

There will never be a more hermosa woman in your life. Mom deserves these hoops because she’s a hardworking queen and a role model, and she’s nothing but ‘hermosa’ every day, even on Sundays, when she’s doing la limpieza in her flashiest outfits.

‘Pa qué highlighter’ Makeup bag

This little cosmetics bag would be a lifesaver for the makeup obsessed mom. Remind that makeup queen that she doesn’t need any highlighter with that brown shine of hers. This vegan leather bag is perfect for holding all of mami’s day-to-day essentials. Take this with you and shine.

READ: These Latino Holiday Gifts Are Anything But Basic