Couples With One Partner Who Grew Up Poor And Another Who Grew Up Rich Are Sharing Their Differences
Michaela and Alex Akins recently spoke to BuzzFeed about what it is like to live with a spouse who has grown up in a different class of economy.
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In a TikTok viral video, Michaela, experiencing homelessness and growing up in poverty, noticed how she eats all of her food so as not to cause waste while Alex eats until he is full. On the other hand, Alex noticed that Michaela picks up used gift bags while he tends to throw them away.
Inspired by their story, we asked the BuzzFeed Community to share the differences between them and their partners who were raised in a different grade level. Here are some of the best answers:
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1. “When I was discussing life planning and the future, my husband asked what inheritance my parents and siblings would receive at the time of my grandparents' death and whether I would receive jewelry or something valuable. He rightly did not understand the concept that there were only photos, a very small tool box with wrenches that my grandfather made and some crocheted / embroidered bed linen. "
2. "I had a friend who turned the heat up to 75 degrees all winter and then turned the air conditioner up to 68 degrees all summer - all while having basically the same outfit of jeans and one all year round T-shirt. I didn't mind when he did it at home, but I always saw dollar signs dripping from the thermostat when he did it to me. "
3. "When I was growing up, if we ever needed repairs - plumbers, air conditioning, whatever - we just hired someone to do it because my dad didn't want to build anything. My husband [who grew up in a lower class ] On the other hand, he had to learn to fix things around the house. Now we have to discuss hiring someone or doing it ourselves. "
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4. "My husband was shocked when my grandmother died and we were expected to contribute some money to fund the funeral."
5. “My daughter won't eat if she doesn't like it. It drives me crazy because I've been hungry before. I never try to waste food. Even if I don't like it, I still eat it. I know what it is like to be hungry. So I'm grateful to have something to eat. "
6. “I grew up poor and have often lived in motels or on sofas. My husband grew up in the upper middle class. He's the most impulsive buyer in the family, not me. I taught him to plan our meals weekly and I go to the store once. "
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7. "It drives me crazy that my friend doesn't download coupons on his Kroger app. I have to take his phone and add them myself, which takes five minutes and usually saves $ 2 to $ 5."
8. "My husband got into our relationship with investment accounts. I had no idea what they were because I used every penny to pay off my student loans."
9. "My partner pays attention to best-before dates. I've had to say several times that it's okay if that piece of expensive parmesan isn't green all over the place. Don't throw it away. Does the milk smell? No? Cool, drink it. It. It." it's like having no idea how spoiled food compares to fresh. "
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10. "My parents paid for my car, gasoline, and phone bills and gave me pocket money, but my ex had to pay his parents to live at home."
11. "I grew up in the working class and my husband was middle class. The most important thing I noticed is food portions. I cook just enough for food and serve portions to suit my appetite. He uses a whole bag of pasta or potatoes for a meal and serve large portions to everyone. There's so much waste and I'm nervous / shocked that a week's potatoes are used up in one meal. "
12. "I used to have to budget my petrol money every week, which meant I sometimes ran on steam the night before payday. My now fiancé couldn't understand why I didn't keep the tank half full."
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13. "My husband is very strict about things, no matter how expensive or cheap, because everything in his family has been treated as disposable. For example, I read labels on clothes to make sure they are washed so they don't shrink or wear out quickly, it doesn't. Growing up, his family put all of the knives in the dishwasher, which damages them, and they had to buy new ones. I hand wash all of our knives. "
14. "I grew up with money and for Christmas we received a lot of presents and gave each other a few or more presents. My friend also received a present from all six of my family members, so he would be like wow 10 presents! The family of mine Friend's (now husband) drew names so that everyone could only get one present, and they put a dollar limit on it. "
15. "My husband has a hard time throwing things away. He keeps things like plastic spoons when we go to ice cream parlors. It drives me crazy because I hate mess. If I haven't touched something in a year, I throw it away, even if I could use it later. "
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16. "My husband didn't grow up with the same luxuries as me. Now he makes more money than I do, but he's scared to do something with it for fear of losing it. He's MUCH better at saving money than It's me because luckily I didn't have to worry about it when I was growing up. "
17. "I grew up poor and my husband grew up with a lot of money. When I celebrate birthdays, I always want a simple celebration with home-style cooking and box cake in the restaurant and when there is cake, you buy it at the bakery."
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18. “I cut off the tips of strawberries before I cut them into slices that admittedly still have a small amount of fruit on them. But my husband will eat the strawberry tips and he will say, 'That's because I'm in a trailer . '"
19. "My wife and I come from very different financial backgrounds. I grew up poor and had absolutely no concept of money management. When we met, I had an overdraft of $ 1,000, which meant I had a negative 980 My bank account had US dollars, then I "had" $ 20 ... Whenever we had a few dollars more growing up, we would spend it renting a few films and getting some snacks, because if you only have a few more dollars a month, there really is no point in saving it. On the other hand, if her bank account ever goes below $ 2,000 (without her savings account) she will panic.
20. "My friend loads the dishwasher with so much space between the dishes and runs it every day. We put so many plates and cups and utensils in the dishwasher that we can run them as infrequently as possible to get water save up.
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Now I want to hear from you! If you and your partner come from different economic backgrounds, what do they take for granted? Let us know in the comments.
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