What Did You Think Only Rich People Could Afford Until You Realized You Were Just Poor Growing Up? People Responded.

When I was growing up, my family wasn’t poor, but we weren’t rich, either.

We were somewhere in the middle and that was just fine.

But I do remember there was a family in my small hometown that had a convertible and it totally blew my mind.

What kind of person drives a convertible?!?!

They must be loaded, right?

Well, I have no idea because that was a long time ago, but it’s pretty funny to look back on how my young brain worked back then.

Check out what AskReddit users thought only rich people could afford when they were young until they realized they were poor.

1. Your plan backfired.

“Orange juice.

As a kid, I vowed to be able to afford as much orange juice as I wanted when I got older. Started working in high school and used my first paycheck to buy a gallon of orange juice.

I drank it all in one day and got horrible diarrhea.”

2. The old book fair.

“Things at the book fair.

You could probably buy a good hoard of stuff from the book fair for 30-50 dollars looking back.

I was given $7 one year to buy something and I couldn’t afford a book.”

3. Spread it out.

“Jam/Nutella spread all over your bread.

I grew up with a spread that can only cover half of my bread and is very thin in an undeveloped country.

After I move to a developed country and got my first paycheck, I legit buy 5 nutella jars and spread it like a madman on my bread.”

4. High-end stuff.

“Target clothes. Apparently clothes from Target are considered cheap?

I grew up thinking that’s where my rich classmates got clothes.”

5. Are you crazy?

“Name brand cereal!

I was looked at crazy in first grade when I said an off brand name cereal was my favorite.”

6. Back in the day.

“I can vividly remember thinking my friends were rich because they had an answering machine (mid 80s).

I even mentioned to my mom how they must be really wealthy…she asked why and I told her my logic of the answering machine.

Reality was we had enough money for one, mom just didn’t want one. I think the one we finally bought was less than $20. I felt like we had arrived!”

7. Toys.

“I didn’t even know Walmart had toys until 2 years after my parents divorced.

We only went there when it was back-to-school times and if I was lucky I’d be able to put either a pair of shoes or 2 pairs of lower-tier “Rustler” brand jeans on layaway and maybe get them by picture day.

The clothes would barely survive the school year, but they HAD TO. I knew we were poor. Getting anything NEW was crazy — like unbelievable.”

8. Out of town.

“Vacations. Like actually going somewhere.

We’d go on car trips once in a while.”

9. New fashion.

“New clothes for no reason.

I was confused when I got to high school and girls would just suddenly have the new, trendy clothes.

I didn’t understand why they were just allowed to have them.”

10. The big time!

“I dated a guy in my early twenties who scoffed and made me feel like the biggest idiot for saying I would know I made it in life when I had a fridge with a water/ice dispenser.

Now I have one and I do feel pretty great about it.”

11. More than one pair.

“Two pairs of shoes.  I thought only rich kids had more than one pair of shoes.

I didn’t realize we weren’t poor, and when I told my dad, “I want another pair of shoes but I know we can’t afford it” he IMMEDIATELY took me to the shoe store and bought me a pair so I could be “rich”.”

12. What is this…?

“Takeaway food.

My first experience of it was having a sleepover at a friends house. We were, apparently, set to have Chinese food that evening. I was asked what I wanted. I had no clue. So the parents just recommended something. I just said OK.

I was staggered to NOT see the mother cooking. She was just mooching around the house doing nothing. Where was this food? Why wasnt she preparing it?

Then a knock on the door. And some person delivered a box of food. With more boxes in it. One box was for me…


Such wealth to get people to make and deliver your food. That display of vast wealth stayed with me for a very long time…”

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