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Hi- I recently sponsored a child from a large city in Guatemala. In a recent letter, I am so glad to hear about their life. One of the things that they like to do is "go out to eat." In my own family, we hardly ever go out to eat. In fact, when we go places we take our own food along so we don't have to buy prepared food. One of the reasons is because purchasing prepared or restaurant food is very expensive compared to what I can get at the grocery store and make myself.
My question, what is going out to eat like for a person in poverty? Is it expensive like it is in the United States? It's just a strange feeling hearing that my sponsored child goes out to eat and my son and I just carried our food & drinks into the state fair in backpacks so we didn't have to spend the money on food and drink at the fair. In the U.S., eating at a restaurant with a family would cost several hours of wages. What does poverty mean? My experience with people from other countries who live in the U.S. is that they will have designer clothes and they will eat out at restaurants, but they will short things related to housing household supplies if they must.