Being poor in the US is highly based on your location. For me, living in NYC completely drains me of my income. Between rent, utilities, loans, and other bills, I barely have enough dough to spend on myself. I think one of the main issues is for people to sacrifice what they "want" over what they "need." I make an OK salary (in NYC, it is shit), but I am still able to pay rent, have good credit, and have a little extra to go out maybe once or twice a month. However, I am working a full time job, have a part time gig bouncing twice a month, and go to school part time, so my free time is extremely limited. While I could sit here and bitch about it, I'd rather accept the fact that I choose to live in this city and be busy, and this is what it takes to get by around here. I know my friend who lives in the mid-west has a nice ass one bedroom that he live in by himself and lives a hell of that lot more comfortable then I do. While i envy this, I would probably go on a killing spree if i lived in the midwest, thus, i choose to live a less luxurious life.