How broke have you been? Like many people, my college years were some of my leanest financial times.
I remember going to the gas station and putting 50 cents worth of gas in the tank once just to get by for one more day.
“There were times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails. ” — Spencer Tracy
Another time my roommate and I were completely out of food when the Welcome Wagon lady stopped by our rat-hole apartment and gave us coupons for a free quart of milk, a loaf of bread and a half gallon of ice cream at the local grocery store.
We redeemed the coupons but didn’t buy a single other thing, and the cashier turned out to be a fellow student who gave us a hard time whenever he saw us on campus.
At the time it’s no fun being broke, although in retrospect the experience can provide great motivation to make better financial decisions.
I asked some of my fellow bloggers to answer the question “How broke have you been?” and I think you’ll enjoy their responses:
“I was so broke I re-used coffee grounds!” ~ Family Money Values
“I was so broke I got used to the taste of Keystone Light. (The good and bad of being a broke college kid!)” ~ Narrow Bridge
“I was so broke I did my grocery shopping at the $1 store. I discovered that a one dollar chicken equals $50 in medical costs! ~ Todd’s Wanderings
“I was so broke I had to use my credit card to buy a $1 drink at McDonald’s after my debit card was declined. The sad thing was, I wasn’t sure if I had $1 available on the credit card either!” ~ So Over Debt
“I was so broke that I used duct tape to fix the holes in my fake Keds from Target.” ~ Money Crush
“I was so broke that on lunch break, I would go to the local 7/11, buy a bag of Fritos (BBQ were my favorite), open the bag and load it up with their free nacho cheese and chili. It was filling, and only cost 59 cents!” ~ Wealth Artisan
“I was so broke while studying abroad in Japan that I brown-bagged (even in a foreign country!) canned tuna fish sandwiches most lunches instead of enjoying the cuisine.” ~ Frugal Confessions
“I’ve been so broke that I now have a habit of checking the return change slot at the toll booths.” ~ Financial Success for Young Adults
“I am STILL so broke that I reuse aluminum foil.” ~ Freelance PF
The beauty of the lean times is that they help us really appreciate the good times. If you’re in a good season of life now, you might enjoy our fun money experiment related to sowing and reaping.
How about you – how broke have you been? You know we’d love to hear your stories, so drop a comment below!