I feel poor now, 60k is rich to me!
I only have one kid, and don't own a home or anything else I'd need to make payments on so that helps. We are currently scraping by on my fiances income, which pays well hourly but is very irregular. Once I start school I will be receiving some money from grants which should help. And hopefully I can get a decent job once out of school.
Technically we are poverty level, but Im a nazi with the budget so we get by. We qualify for assistance, food stamps etc. but right now are only taking WIC and the babies medical card. I could get disability but want to work and am afraid it would interfere with school or someday working. Not to mention the judgement.
I have paid into the system, my partner pays into the system, yet we are leaches. I've been judged for going to a food bank, a place that I have personally volunteered at and done multiple fundraisers for. I've brought more food in than I took, yet my grandmother looks at me like I am a disgrace.
It's amazing what we take for granted. We all assume our standard of living is substandard. To those talking about limiting eating out to once a week, if you can actually afford that, know that so many people are jealous of you and assume you are well off. The people you think are well off probably consider themselves struggling.