11 Things That Rich People Do Differently From Poor People
As much as we’d like to say that all people are the same no matter how much money they’ve got, in some cases this isn’t true. Yes, they are all human and can have many of the same problems in life, but they are living a life a lot differently. Those who have more money can buy better and more expensive things and don’t have to worry about paying their bills. There are other, less obvious things though that you might have never thought about.
1. Wearing red bottom shoes
Shoes with bright red soles are a trademark of Christian Louboutin — after all, the designer had to go to court to protect these precious red soles. These shoes were a real hit about 5 years ago and almost all shoe companies started making similar-looking models with red soles. So, because practically anyone can buy such shoes these days, red soles are no longer a sign of wealth. Besides, cheaper models with red soles will start to look pretty bad in the near future.
2. Buying some “extra” things
People who grew up in poor families often experience a lot of stress when making any purchases that aren’t directly related to survival. Often, these are the people who use the “delayed shopping” rule, according to which you need to wait a few days before purchasing any important item.
- The store where I worked sold a set — a TV and a game console. The price was more than reasonable, I had no debt, and there was enough money in my bank account. In addition, my girlfriend and I were going to move in together, but we did not have a TV. In general, it was a relevant purchase. I almost vomited when it was time to pay. A friend had to convince me it was a good deal, but I felt physically ill for several hours. © CryoClone / Reddit
3. Canned food
Several years ago, a woman claimed that her sister found a new indicator that someone is poor. It’s a kitchen device called a can opener. She thinks that only poor people buy cans that don’t have rings to open them. And wealthy people buy cans with rings, so they don’t have to have can openers. What do you think about this?
4. Holding onto things
Some habits that indicate a poor childhood can be easily spotted by rich people and sales professionals. The way you move, talk, gesture, eat, and even hold a cup of coffee can tell a lot about your life.
- Once my 3 friends and I rented a house. Our hostess was a fairly well-known actress in the country, and one evening, an interview with her was shown on TV. We made some cocoa, sat on the sofa, and started watching. At some point, they were talking about the little things that are important for getting settled into a role. Then the actress asked the interviewer for coffee and then said, “You clearly grew up in a wealthy family, because you keep the cup with the drink away from you. Those who were poor know that they have nothing else, so they squeeze the cup with their whole hand.” My friends looked at me, grasping a mug of cocoa with both hands, and I looked down and said, “It’s true. We were very poor.” © John Jones / Quora
5. Matching sets of jewelry
In the ’90s, there were many women that wanted to show everyone just how wealthy they were, so they’d put on all their finest jewelry at the same time. It used to be very cool to have a set of earrings, a necklace, a ring, and a bracelet that matched. And there are still a lot of people who think that buying jewelry sets is a good idea.
However, the fashion industry says otherwise: the more you mix the styles, the better. You can wear pearls with sneakers, gold with silver, and even earrings from different pairs. The most important thing is not to wear too many things at once.
6. The lottery
People who have never had a problem with money treat gambling and lotteries as run of the mill entertainment. Of course, they are also delighted with winnings and frustrated with failures. But only those who were in real need understand the difference between passion and hope for a miracle.
- I used to be homeless, and now, I have my own home and my salary is more than double the average salary. But despite the fact that I have a degree in economics and I know that it’s completely irrational, I still play the lottery. © clemtiger2011 / Reddit
7. Saving money
Rich people know how to save money. They always know how much money they have. They track their expenses and know how much they earn. Despite the incredible amounts of money they have, millionaires understand their financial situation really well and don’t waste money on things they don’t need.
8. Fixing things around the house
You can identify a person who grew up in poverty by how many different things they can do on their own. Changing locks, fixing leaky taps, laying tile, doing repairs, giving themselves a haircut in front of a mirror. And even if things aren’t bad in their current life, this habit doesn’t go anywhere.
- I moved in with my wife. Once, I asked her where the needle and thread was. She replied to me:
— Why are you asking?
Me: I need to fix my socks.
Her: Throw them away and don’t embarrass yourself!
She grew up in a wealthy family. I don’t even know how to tell her that shoes can also be repaired. © klalkin / Pikabu
When I was a child, we were very poor, so my parents didn’t have the money to take me to the hairdresser to get a trim. This task was performed by my dad. At school, I was terribly shy about it. And now, I understand how stupid I was, because not all daughters can boast that their father is good at using a sewing machine, knows how to sew shoes, cut, dye, build, change the plumbing, cook... I am proud of him. “Overheard” / ideer
9. Old furniture with new devices
New devices and appliances together with old furniture create dissonance and indicate the owner has financial trouble. It looks as if they only have enough money for the new device or that they bought it on credit. There are ways of making old furniture look better and more modern.
10. Paying in installments
Fear of the future leads to the fact that people, even if they have the opportunity to pay the entire amount at once, prefer to choose an installment plan or a loan. And even if they end up spending more money, the amount divided into several parts looks less frightening to them than the full price of the product or service.
- Can’t pay in full for something. Let’s say my car insurance costs $1,200 a year and I chose the installment plan option. It will end up costing me an extra $180 in the end, although I could’ve easily afforded to pay the $1,200 right away. © -Ahab- / Reddit
11. Jeans with complicated designs
For many people, jeans are a basic part of their everyday wardrobe, so don’t be cheap when shopping for them and don’t choose pairs that are no longer trendy. Today, it’s better to buy very simple models without any print, lace, or other decorative elements. Simple jeans are great for people of any age and occupation. And you can always use accessories to make them look more interesting.