My dad wasn't a pig farmer, he worked at a hamburger joint for a long time,and then for the Post Office until he retired. My mom worked as an office girl for Penney's. They lived in the same house their whole life, and it was small! Two bedrooms, one bath! They remodeled the garage into a girls bedroom, and put on a dining room. There were five of us kids,and I don't think we ever felt deprived. We were fed and clothed, and we all had our chores to do.
We all learned early on that we needed to take Personal Responsibility for our lives.