They Really Love Their Initials and 10 Other Glimpses Into How the Other Half Lives

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If you have never had money, it might be easy to assume that people who do have money don’t have any troubles at all. They’re living the good life, splurging on every little thing, and never have to work or hear the word no.

If you want to know what it’s really like to be rolling in dough, these 11 people are willing to dish…at least a little.

11. They enjoy giving people jobs.

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They know plenty of people who are living paycheck-to-paycheck, but they would rather give them a better salary than a handout.

10. They’re careful when giving to family and friends.

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According to a 2012 survey, 72% of wealthy families think their children should pay for at least part of their college tuition – and many believe their kids should be responsible for at least half.

9. They really hate wasting things.

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August Turak, author of Business Secrets of the Trappist Monk, says “I still collect all the tiny pieces of soap and put them together into one bar. I still squeeze the toothpaste tube dry. And I grow a lot of my own vegetables.”

8. They’ve got a method for dealing with requests for money.

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A retired California tech executive says that “anytime the newspaper lists my name among the 100 top-paid executives in the area, I get a ton of requests from people asking for money. It happened so much that I had to come up with a strategy to deal with it. Now I say, ‘I’m happy to give. I’ll match however much you raise yourself.'”

7. They like playing money fairy.

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One millionaire confesses that “one time my hairstylist told me she had been fined for passing through a tollbooth without paying the fee.

She didn’t have enough change and figured she’d pay the toll later by mail.

She didn’t realize that the fine for passing a tollbooth would be a hefty $125. So I decided to tip her $125.”

6. They don’t necessarily spend that much on suits.

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You only need a few, and if they’re pricey, there’s also a good chance they’ll last a long time.

5. They hold on to things if they work.

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The people who have the most money aren’t the ones with the most expensive clothes or the biggest houses or the flashiest jewelry. Otherwise, they might not be the richest.

A successful Boston plastic surgeon points out that “in Martha’s Vineyard, you see a lot of people who live in houses that sell for $10 million driving ten-year-old Toyotas.”

4. They know they can be snooty.

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One millionaire app developer admits “when I go to other people’s houses, I don’t like watching TV on their smaller screens and listening through their wimpy stereo sound systems.

It feels like you’re watching TV while slightly blind and deaf.”

3. They love entertainment rooms.

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I mean, who doesn’t? But since they don’t like to spend money, they want to get their entertainment at home.

It’s cheaper and it’s safer, especially these days.

2. They really love initials.

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Bobby Smith? I don’t think so – it’s Robert W. Smith.

Or, if you want to get really snooty, R.W. Smith, to you.

1. It really is about who you know.

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A D.C. lawyer recalls, “my big break was when I was hired to represent a company started by people I knew from high school.”

Now you know a little bit about how the other half lives!

Tell us what – if anything – on this list surprises you!