10 Things People Thought Were a Sign of Wealth as Kids

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When you were a kid visiting a friend’s house, did you ever notice things you believed were wealth indicators? You’ve got company. 

Someone recently asked, “What was the weird thing you thought as a child was a sign of wealth?” Here are the top-voted answers.  

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#1 In-ground Swimming Pools

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“An in-ground swimming pool,” one shared. “Bonus points if the diving board was higher than a standard one.” Another said, “Wait… Are you saying that doesn’t indicate you’re rich still? I’m processing this.” Finally, a third added, “I was impressed by the above-ground ones too.”

#2 Ice Maker in Their Refrigerator

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Someone suggested “An Ice Maker in their refrigerator. But, more importantly, an ice and water dispenser on the FRONT of the fridge. I still call the ice from those ice makers rich people ice.” Another agreed, “Yep, the ice maker is the thing that made our house the rich one for me.”

#3 Trampoline

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Several people agreed that a trampoline was a sign of wealth when they were kids. Another volunteered, “My best friend had an in-ground trampoline. They were so upper middle class they might have been lower upper class. Super down-to-earth people, though.”

#4 More Than One Telephone

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One person said, “More than one telephone was a sign.” Another shared, “Oh, I went to this one girl’s house once, and she had her own phone line! Amazing to me.” Finally, a third admitted, “Oh yeah, I felt rich when we got a second phone in the basement.”

#5 A Two-Story House

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“A two-story house,” one expressed. “Two-story houses represented wealth to me in a crazy way. I don’t even know why now.” “Same! I never understood, watching Roseanne, how they could complain about being poor when they had a two-story house,” another confessed.

Another replied, “Then, as an adult, you learned it’s much cheaper to build up than to build out – what we don’t know as kids.”

#6 Brand-Name Food, Snacks, and Treats

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“Having all name-brand foods treats, and snacks,” someone suggested. “Regular-size cereal boxes instead of those giant bags of puffed rice and Gushers or Dunkaroos!”

#7 School Supplies and Scholastic Book Fair Money

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Someone replied, “School supplies. Yeah, those 64 colors of crayon boxes. The one with the built-in crayon sharpener and Crayola brand crayons, not the cheap ones.” Others agreed having money for the Scholastic Book Fair was an indicator of wealth. 

#8 Having the Newest Gaming System

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One stated, “Having the newest game system or having a gaming system at all.” Another added, “Same. Or having more than one system!” Finally, a third agreed, “Video Games. Yeah, that was rich kid stuff where I grew up in a small town in Iowa.”

#9 Computers

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“I was going to friends and saw their Compaq computer. It was so majestic. I then dated (middle school) this girl and in her bedroom was a G3 iMac in her room,” someone admitted. Another confessed, “Yes. Their own computers in their rooms, that was a sign.”

#10 TVs

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People had varying responses about televisions depending on the decade they were kids. One said, “Having a color TV.” 

Another shared, “Someone that had two TVs, especially if a kid had a TV in their room.” A third relied, “If they had a flat-screen TV, especially hanging on the wall.”

Another person shared, “Sky TV instead of the four channels the rest of us Brits were limited to!” “Cable television was a sign of wealth, and TVs without rabbit ears.”

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