People Reveal The Things You Shouldn't Do If You Don't Want People To Know You're Rich
Being rich is probably awesome, we wouldn't know. We're not too envious, though. If Biggie taught us anything (aside from the fact that he loved it when they called him Big Poppa), it was that more money means more problems. So that got us thinking... if we could be rich without people knowing we were rich, that might be sauteed in awesome-sauce. One Reddit user asked: What screams "rich"?
So we decided to take that thread and put together a list of tips for being rich without letting people know. If we know what things are the "I'm rich" giveaway, we know what not to do, right? Some of these tips (like don't buy an elephant) might be a little outlandish, but hey - dream big! Oh, and if you actually have enough money to consider buying an elephant... just don't rub it in your friends faces. The money, not the elephant. Go ahead and flaunt the elephant, your friends would probably be pretty jazzed if you just showed up with one on a Tuesday afternoon. Ours would.
Don't Invite People To Expensive Stuff
Inviting people to do something or go somewhere expensive without a second thought is a dead giveaway. It's super weird showing up somewhere to meet friends and realizing
1. You can't afford this activity
2. Your friends aren't even aware of the cost.
That's when the light bulb flickers on and suddenly, all the strange things you noticed make sense: they're rich
Don't Buy Elephants
My Malaysian roommate's family owns elephants. According to one local, that is not a regular rich family thing. It's more of a "very eccentric family living secluded near a jungle kind of rich" thing.
Don't Post About It
I make around $16 an hour at my job. A 19-year-old coworker has a a really nice 2017 Mercedes Benz. He posted a photo of it on Facebook that said:
**"fully paid off Mercedes. This is what hard work gets you." **
Yeah. Ok. We work together, that Mercedes is what your parent's hard work got you.
Well a thing that screamed "rich" to me about my partner was when he casually mentioned he had been to every single Disney in the world, as if it was a totally normal thing. I grew up poor and he grew up rich. There's big cultural differences there and we had to learn how to navigate those things together.
His parents really didn't approve either. My mom also had reservations.
We got through all that together though. Now his parents love me and my parents love him. We've learned a lot about each other's world's too. These days we're on equal footing so that's nice. It wasn't always easy but we've loved each other all this time and worked through it all.
Don't Overestimate Relatives
When I asked a friend how they afford tuition they said:
"The trick is just write a bunch of letters to your family asking for a little contribution for college. It may only be a few thousand from aunt Lou, a couple thousand from uncle John, and not seem like a lot at first, but eventually it adds up!"
If I did that I'd probably get $20 from one relative, maybe $50 from another, and I'd be grateful. Can't imagine relatives casually throwing thousands at you like it's nothing.
Don't Be On Reality TV
Those brats on MTV's "My Super Sweet 16"
...I remember watching that as a teen and thinking how much I hated those rich kids.
Don't Be Ignorant To How Checks Work
When I was putting myself through college and was struggling to come up with money for the new semester a roommate of mine asked me:
**"Why don't you just write them a check?" **
She didn't get it. I had to explain checks were connected to bank accounts that I have to put money into and I had to work for that money, it wasn't just there because I said so. She acted like I was so stupid that I couldn't just solve the problem by writing a number on a piece of paper.
I'm still mad about it.
Don't Blame The Server
I was friends with the "rich guy" before I finally got sick of his bullshit.
He had no concept of earning a living, having to do any real budgeting or hard work.
He doesn't understand why his friends can't go out to eat 7 days a week, every week.
He can't perform simple tasks without help such as pumping gas, cooking any type of food, laundry, etc.
2 month tour of Africa on 3 days notice? Just quit your job, you can always get another one. Too expensive? It's only a few grand. Can't you swing that? You get paid Friday, right?
But the worst was that he would spend hundreds of dollars a week eating out at restaurants constantly, but flat out refuses to tip. When questioned about it he said:
"It's the waiter/waitresses fault for not getting a better job."
Don't Assume "Everyone" Can Afford Something
Had a friend tell me, in all seriousness:
**"But EVERYONE can afford at least one cruise." **
He's going on his 9th cruise with his family later this year. Also, annual overseas holidays.
Don't Be Unaware That Dust Exists
My sister figured out exactly how rich one of her friends was when she realized that he didn't know what dust was.
He was living on his own for the first time in New Jersey and originally from Jordan. After a few weeks he complained about this "weird powder" building up in his apartment, which didn't happen back home. He thought it was a New Jersey thing. It turns out his family had a very diligent dusting staff. I think it was specific to household dust - the kind that is dead skin and pet hair, etc. He didn't understand how it was happening since he was extra careful about closing windows and trying not to track dirt inside. He actually turned out to be a good guy, just a book-smart rich kid who's out of touch with that kind of domestic stuff.
Don't Assume A "Deal" Is Affordable
Rich kids at school just couldn't grasp why I couldn't go on an expensive trip.
Them: "Why aren't coming to the Paris trip?"
Me: "Too expensive"
Them: "But it's only 800€" (that's about a thousand dollars)
The trip was for one week in Paris including flights from Finland. Sure, it's a good deal, but that wasn't my point. You could offer me the Mona Lisa for 10 million but it would still be way beyond my budget even though it's a good deal.
Don't Adopt This Fashion Trend
Wearing your cardigan over your shoulders like a cape just screams rich but not for any real reason. It's not something that requires money or rich parents, but it's something that just seems to happen. Very strange.
Don't Live The Insta-Life
Know what screams rich? Instagram "models" that seem to do nothing but travel around the world and go to huge raves.
Don't Use The "Do You Know Who I Am?" Line
I was out with a bunch of friends once, and we got chucked out of a club for something we honestly deserved. One bloke, friend of a friend, started taking photos of the bouncers on his phone, demanding to see their ID badges, and genuinely said the phrase:
"I'm documenting all of this, you know! Don't you know who I am!?"
Dude, you are a random student in their 20's on a night out in a city with thousands of students in their 20's. No, he does not know who you are. He does not care who you are. And, frankly, who you are should not make any difference to the way you are treated by a licensed bouncer when they are doing their job. They should throw out the Queen of England if she broke the rules.
Don't Take Out "Small" Loans
When you consider a million dollars from your father to be a "small loan."
Don't Own A Horse Unless...
In my experience, there's a 100% correlation between being rich and being a young adult who grew up riding horses that they, themselves, didn't take care of.
Don't Use The Seasons As Verbs
Only rich people use "summer" or "winter" as a verb. When you say:
"We summer in the Hamptons and winter in the Keys."
We all want to say:
"Well, do us a favor and fall in a manhole."
I want "words have different meanings" money
Don't Remind People
I work with a guy who reminds people nearly every day that his parents are retired millionaires. He swears he's on his way to success and he's only doing "this job" temporarily. According to him, his friends and family constantly ask him why he's "wasting his time" in his current job. I wish I was exaggerating, but it's almost some kind of defensive impulse he has.
I guess he used to make 6+ figs, but that all went away. So now, the first time he meets you, he will bring up how this job is "pennies" and he's so much better than it. Cringey conversation every time.
Don't Scream About Your Money
Yelling at people about how much money you have is a pretty good indicator. A teenager at the gym literally screamed:
**"My dad makes millions, you make $11.00 an hour!" **
at a personal trainer who politely asked to him to stop excessively slamming his weights on the ground
Don't Flaunt The Newest Phone
Having the newest of everything and not understanding why others don't is totally a sign that you have a bunch of money. Around a year and a bit ago I sat next to this guy in one of my classes. He saw my cracked Nexus 5 ($200 for a phone that does all you need it to, quickly) and couldn't understand why I didn't have the newest iPhone.
We had the following conversation:
Rich Guy: "Um, what phones is that?"
Me: "It's called a Nexus."
Rich Guy: "Why don't you get an iPhone?"
Me: "I can't afford it."
Rich Guy: "Well, just get your parents to buy you one. It's only $1000."