Being broke is subjective.
Really, really subjective.
At Christmas time, my cousin shows pictures of all these gifts she bought and she is always talking about going out to eat.
There are the people that are broke after paying for cable/dish with all the fixins, paying for an extremely expensive family cell phone bill, and going out to eat on a regular basis.
There are the people that are hanging on. Can pay bills ( late ), but not much else.
There are people not going to the doctor because they can't afford the co-pay and/or deductible.
There are people that have to put groceries back at the store because they find they don't have enough money for everything they need.
This makes me sad. My daughter works in a grocery store and said it actually happens a lot.
Last week, I read somewhere that you aren't broke if you can afford air conditioning for your home.
I can't afford not to have it.
My husband can't handle heat and would end up in the hospital and A/C is cheaper than repeated trips for heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
I can't afford a cell phone or to go out to eat. I find it hard to pay medical bills.
I don't really feel broke though.
I can pay my bills. Even if they are late.
Sure, it sucks when people tell you that they are in the same boat when they don't have a clue.
I gots the frugal skills.
I reuse everything I can.
Now known as re-purposing.
I can stretch my food dollars so far that dollar groans in protest.
I am broker than some, but not as broke as others.
More would be nice, but I have what I need.
That is what matters.