Originally Posted by BruceB
I'm with Polwart on this one. Being close to the "poverty line" means not being able to afford to eat, heat a home, afford a home etc etc.
A car is a luxury rather than a right and next to nobody had a car in my street when I was a nipper, don't feel all deprived as a result..............
Things are very different now. A car is no longer a luxury - try giving YOURS up and you will see what I mean!!! Public transport is a joke out of city centres.
I HAVE been in the situation you mention above - eating marmite sandwiches on christmas day in a house with no heat or light awaiting repossession which I finally managed to get out of. I was without a car for 3 years and was too broke even to afford bus fare but that is living BELOW the poverty line. Being without a car was worse than anything else I went through - especially when you have to walk everywhere and when you get soaked through you can't even dry out at home.
When NOBODY has a car it's not so bad - when you are the only one it's not funny - try explaining that to your kids!!!