The price of lobster used to be dirt-cheap because they were so plentiful. In fact, it became known as the "poor man's protein" among European settlers and it was often fed to the imprisoned and the enslaved.
But times have changed – lobster is pricey and considered a high-end meal. If you've ever heard someone complain about poor people on welfare who are enjoying a nice meal once in a while, you might want to educate them.
People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor Seraphina_Renaldi asked the online community,
"What is classy if you’re rich, but trashy if you’re poor?"
"Being on a first name basis with a judge."
A spot on answer. They do they there are two justice systems: One for the rich and one for everyone else.
"Wearing a bathrobe all day."
It's the difference between looking lazy and looking... well, like Hugh Hefner.
"Someone else raising your kids."
Haha, isn't that the painful truth?! We all felt that one.
"If a poor person drinks..."
"Drinking in general. If a poor person drinks someone will say, 'No wonder they're poor, they spend all their money on alcohol.' The rich won't be judged for it if they decide to spend hundreds of dollars on a bottle of scotch because they're rich."
This is very true. Many believe that the poor should not be allowed to enjoy the finer things in life.
"Casinos. The biggest disparity is looking at the people in the high stakes areas that are roped off, and compare them with the people waiting in the breezeway for the bus, after they have blown their monthly income."
Casinos are depressing. They're not like the movies at all.
"Getting money from the government."
If you are rich it is called a bailout. If you are poor you should work harder. Love how that works.
"If you live in..."
"If you live in a tiny home it’s ‘eco friendly’ but if you live in a trailer you’re trash."
This is spot on. Trailers should not have that stigma attached.
"Buying old cars."
Those classy rich folk buying all of the ‘98 Grand Ams!
"Moving around a lot."
I don't think moving around as a kid is ever luxurious. It's just romanticized.
"Minimalism. Can you really call yourself a minimalist if you’re just too poor to afford stuff?"
Being poor, minimalism is very useful. It's also the only choice.
It's quite the world we live in, and the wealth disparity can be a lot to take in.
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Redditor bdnskjynx wanted to share about how even a little bit of extra finance, can go a long way. They asked:
"How much would your life be impacted by suddenly getting 5000$?"
With 5K... I would buy some dental services. Why are teeth so expensive?!?!
"I could pay for my upcoming neck surgery up front... herniated disc pinching a nerve affecting my right arm."
"I had the same thing done. Instant relief. It felt like I had just hit my funny bone almost constantly for months before I got mine done. Take all the restrictions seriously and you’ll heal just fine."
"I could pay off the last of my debt and, for the first time in my life, be completely debt free. Well, I don’t own a home yet. So being debt free would be short lived as I would like to buy a house for me instead of someone else."
"Paying off your debt is like getting past the scene of an accident on the highway. You've been stuck bumper to bumper for so long, and then all of a sudden you're going 65 mph. It doesn't even feel like the same road. You thought you'd never get to your destination, and then all of a sudden it's right around the bend."
"Make the squeaky noises in my car go away. Back right wheel , goes away after reaching above 60kmh. Sounds like the plastic undercarriage scrapping against the wheel but I am no car expert. Just really hate North American Cars. I've spent like 3k in the past 3 months and it doesn't feel like that"
"There would be no immediate impact. I'm not loaded, but I just have my debts paid and I'm saving for a house."
"Love this thread going on. I to consider myself blessed. But I also worked my butt off. Spent the past year paying off all debts. Been living way below my means. It’s all finally coming together and this year I finally get to give myself some things as a reward. Hope you all keep making wise decisions. Feel confident in life. And we all stay humble."
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"Gives me a little cushion between absolute ruin, a little breathing room."
I love a good cushion; especially a money cushion.
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"I could pay one semester of college tuition 🥲."
"Quite a bit, I'll have to spend some time in the next couple weeks out of state dealing with a family emergency. That means I will not be working, which also means that my rent and other bills may not be covered next month. But I've been in worse situations, so everything will be alright."
"Would be a game-changer. Single, live alone, bills are expensive, no savings... people talk about winning the lottery and while, yes, it would be amazing, 5k woUld also be life changing."
"Living alone and I'm back in college while dealing with a bunch of health problems. That money would help so much."
"I would be able to buy a new computer to work, and buy my grandpa some hearing aids."
"So this doesn’t solve the hearing aid problem, but check out pocket talkers. You can find them on Amazon or wherever. It’s a lot cheaper than hearing aids and I guess does make a difference for a lot of people."
"You may have looked into this already but my grandma has a Costco membership (~$60 in the US per year) to get her hearing aids for around $300 instead of $5000 after Medicare."
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"Weirdly for lower middle class family, not much. We have no debt and live within our means. We might take a nicer vacation, get some computer parts, and have a bit more savings. 5k isn't enough to make a lifestyle change."
"It would be like one of those months you get paid 3 times."
"That third paycheck in our household in the spring pays for the dogs annual vet visits, heartworm, and whatnot. Then we use the rest to buy something for the house and order the plants for the garden. In the fall we use it for Christmas present budget. It's nice money to have but we certainly don't need it to make ends meet."
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"Catch up on everything. Probably have enough left for a nice steak dinner at home. It'd be a nice stress relief and could probably start saving and slowly move forward."
"Not much. I’d probably go buy a greenhouse for my yard. I’ve been wanting one forever but don’t want to spend the money on it."
"Drastically would change my situation. I live paycheck to paycheck so that would be a dream."
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"$5k would mean almost nothing at this point in my life. I read something funny recently $5000 was a lot to owe but not a lot to have."
"At the right time it can make ALL the difference for someone. For a family just squeaking by paycheck to paycheck it can mean having a real Christmas or taking a much-needed vacation."
"It would buy the trip I've been promising my daughter for 6 years. Our bills get paid, we own a house, we're doing OK. She's wanted to take a trip to where her mom died since the year after it happened. But the roof needs replacing and the car needs attention and there's just not enough to do everything. I've got 1500 cash in a vase, I keep stuffing some in there when I can but at the rate I'm going it's not gonna happen before its time for college."
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"It would be life changing. I’d be able to get my orthopaedic… I’ve just been pretending I don’t need it. At first I thought about food and rent and camps for my daughter. But honestly, the orthopaedic could change the severity of my disability. And it makes way more sense to just freakin' do that."
"Considering my car just came back from the insurance adjusters as totaled, it would makeup for the gap between the book value and the insanity of what the market actually looks like right now."
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"It would certainly be nice but not life changing. We are very hard working and fortunate. I am remodeling a large section of my home by myself and it would be cool to have a surprise $5k shopping spree."
Congrats to the people it wouldn't change life for. I however am on Venmo.
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