I know this is by far and away not the worst part about growing and being poor for most of ones life, but I do hate that it has left me someone that thinks about money and cost first. Just once I would like to be able to watch some movie or tv where the character runs after the person they love to get them back and just be swept up in the gesture instead of my first though being "God how much did that last minute airfare cost, I guess only rich people get to have love!" Even if it's a poor character im like...dude what irresponsible spending with what you make! Rent comes before love!

And then I feel like a stingy cynical old woman :(