The high cost of poverty: Why the poor pay moreYou have to be rich to be poor.
That's what some people who have never lived below the poverty line don't understand.
Put it another way: The poorer you are, the more things cost. More in money, time, hassle, exhaustion, menace. This is a fact of life that reality television and magazines don't often explain.
The Washington Post explains it here. Consider this a primer on the economics of poverty.
And check out John Scalzi's wrenching blog post, Being Poor.