Australians share the subtle signs they thought made someone rich growing up


From buying food at the canteen to two-storey houses and having Foxtel: Aussies share the signs they thought you were ‘rich’ as kids

  • People are sharing things they thought were signs of wealth as a kid in Australia 
  • Aussies listed what made someone rich as a kid in a hilarious Facebook thread
  • Many said families who had two-story homes, overseas holidays and pools 
  • Others said decorating the house with rugs and buying lunch at the canteen
  • More suggestions included soft drinks, electric car windows and having Foxtel

Australians are sharing the things they thought they made a person rich while growing up from buying lunch from the school canteen to walk-in wardrobes and even soft drinks. 

A post to popular Facebook group, She’s on the Money, asked members: ‘What are some things you thought were indicators of wealth when you were a kid?’ drawing in dozens of responses. 

Many commenters thought school mates who regularly bought food at the canteen were rich, some said they deemed families who lived in two-storey houses were well off and others had more subtle signs of wealth like drinking fizzy drinks, having rugs in a home and cabbage patch dolls. 

People are sharing the signs that made them think someone was rich growing up in Australia including drinking soft drinks outside of special occasions

People are sharing the signs that made them think someone was rich growing up in Australia including drinking soft drinks outside of special occasions

Many commenters thought school mates who regularly bought food at the canteen were rich while some said they deemed families who had cars with electric windows were well off

Many commenters thought school mates who regularly bought food at the canteen were rich while some said they deemed families who had cars with electric windows were well off

‘Money for the school canteen! That to me was rich, and when I stayed at a friends place the mum always gave me money too, and it was daily! Like whaaaaat!’ one person exclaimed. 

‘People who got canteen lunches weekly. I think I got like 1 or 2 my entire primary school life,’ another agreed. 

‘Having rugs in your home. It’s just something that’s not vital to get by so it seemed entirely decorative. Which, if you’re poor, you don’t spend money on decorations like that. Oh and professional pictures of your family in frames on the wall,’ a third added. 

‘Walk in wardrobes except I had never seen one before and I assumed that it was just any wardrobe you could stand inside of,’ a fourth laughed. 

Many commenters agreed families who lived in double storey houses or had in-ground pools in the backyard were rich. 

‘I always thought if you had a swimming pool you were super rich. I always wished I had one growing up! Also if you had more than one pet,’ one wrote. 

‘As a kid having an upstairs seemed so impressive. Sara Lee ice cream or ordering in food were exotic to me. Travelling overseas was my biggest goal though, neither of my parents have left Australia and my entire childhood I never slept in a hotel,’ a second replied. 

Having soft drinks outside of special occasions was a popular answer and many more said eating out was a indicator of wealth.  

Many commenters agreed families who lived in double storey houses or had in-ground pools in the backyard were rich

Many commenters agreed families who lived in double storey houses or had in-ground pools in the backyard were rich 

Other answers included having a remote-controlled garage door, international family holidays, Foxtel or Austar, and a fridge with a water and ice dispenser

Other answers included having a remote-controlled garage door, international family holidays, Foxtel or Austar, and a fridge with a water and ice dispenser

‘Cans of soft drink in the fridge. (Triple points if it was a dedicated drinks fridge),’ a woman responded. 

‘Brand name food. Being able to eat out as a family. Being able to even by an ice cream as a family,’ a second said.  

‘As a kid I thought if you had a cabbage patch doll you must be rich. My friend had several (and thinking back no they weren’t actually rich),’ admitted a third. 

Other answers included having birthday parties at McDonalds, international family holidays, Foxtel or Austar, a fridge with a water and ice dispenser, and getting picked up and dropped off at school every day. 

Things Aussies thought were a sign someone was rich as a kid 

Getting on a plane to go on holiday

Decorating the house with rugs

Double storey homes

Soft drinks for no reason

Walk-in wardrobes 

Ordering lunch at the canteen

Fridges with ice dispensers

Foxtel or Austar

Brand name foods

In-ground swimming pools

Eating at restaurants

Cabbage Patch Dolls

Air conditioning 

Electric car windows

Remote-controlled garage doors 

Backyard trampolines 

4WD cars

Owning a computer in the nineties

PlayStations

Getting picked up from school

Buying popcorn and snacks at the movies

Having a second or drinks fridge

Pop top juice boxes

Wide screen TV

Matching furniture sets 

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‘When you’d get dropped off and picked up from school everyday. I was on public transport from literally kindy age because they both worked full time 8-5. Also when your parents had a car each instead of sharing one. Although now that I’m a mother and a wife, I don’t know how they ever managed with just one car lol,’ one mum remembered.

‘Remote controlled garage roller door. An ice maker in the fridge door, a dishwasher, two storey house, an inground pool. A store bought birthday cake. Blue Ribbon ice cream. I could go on…’ another said. 

‘Buttons that made the windows in the car go up and down instead of rolling them down with a knob,’ wrote a fourth. 

The same question previously went viral on TikTok after podcaster Claire Stephens, 30, asked her followers for their ‘low-key’ traits of being rich in Australia. 

The same question previously went viral on TikTok after podcaster Claire Stephens asked her followers for their 'low-key' traits of being rich in Australia including knowing how to ski

The same question previously went viral on TikTok after podcaster Claire Stephens asked her followers for their ‘low-key’ traits of being rich in Australia including knowing how to ski

Other subtle signs of wealth were said to be flying exclusively with Qantas

And shopping at upscale department stores like Myer

Other subtle signs of wealth were said to be flying exclusively with Qantas (left) and shopping at upscale department stores like Myer (right)

In a series of five videos, the author said she always knew a family was well off if they knew how to ski, bought lunch at a fair or theme park instead of bringing their own, or had a sign at the front door asking for shoes to be removed inside.

‘It means you’ve got nice floors or a fancy carpet,’ she added.

Ms Stephens said it wasn’t until she got to university and discovered people could ski that she realised some had very different types of holidays to the ones her family did.

Her observations about the subtle trappings of affluence Down Under, which have been viewed 378,576 times since the first video was uploaded online on Friday, sparked a wave of amusing responses.

‘Shopping at David Jones means you’re wealthy,’ one person replied.

‘Low-key’ things that are a sign of wealth in Australia 

* Flying exclusively with Qantas

* Shopping at Myer or David Jones

* Owning a fridge with an ice dispenser

* Having a dishwasher cutlery tray instead of a basket insert

* Buying lunch at a theme park instead of bringing your own

* Knowing how to ski and holidaying overseas

* Living in a two-storey house with an in-ground pool and electric gate

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‘When people went on holidays for leisure, and not just to visit relatives interstate,’ another noted.

Others said people who have kitchens with silver appliances instead of white or a second lounge room are ‘elite’.

One woman said she had always wished her parents would buy her more expensive ice creams at the beach.

‘Being allowed to get a Magnum rather than a Splice, Calippo or Paddle Pop,’ she wrote.

Ms Stephens shared her agreement, saying: ‘Omg YES. Magnums were premium.’

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