Australians have shared what ‘wealth’ looks like in 2022 – from buying bottles water at the cinema to losing track of pay day and indulging in Harris Farm groceries.
One Aussie took to Reddit to ask what else symbolised wealth and drew in hundreds of amusing and eye-opening responses.
Some listed having a water dispenser in your fridge, buying a pint outside of happy hour and using 3-ply toilet paper – others said these days wealth simply means being able to afford a house or pay unexpected bills.
Australians have shared what they think it means to be rich in a Reddit thread including using three-ply toilet paper and paying someone else to do chores or activities you don’t enjoy
Some answers were trivial like having a water dispenser in your fridge using 3-ply toilet paper whereas others were more to the point like being able to afford unexpected bills
‘I often don’t know if it’s pay week or not. And that makes me feel wealthy,’ one woman shared.
‘When an unexpected bill comes up and you can say ‘I got this’,’ said a second while another answered: ‘when you can go to the dentist without checking your bank first’.
‘You own your own house, can buy what you need when you need it, can splurge every now and then holiday a year,’ a user replied.
Many Redditors noted more obvious signs of financial success like ordering at a restaurant without looking at the prices on the menu, being debt-free and earning a six-figure salary
Others shared some more subtle signs a person may be well off in life including filling up with premium petrol, buying bottled water at the cinema, using three-ply toilet paper and having a fridge with a water and ice dispenser.
‘You’re considered wealthy in ‘Straya when you get all your shopping from Harris Farms,’ another said leaving some south and west Aussies confused at the mention of the eastern chain.
‘The fact that I have no idea what or who Harris Farms is tells me all I need to know about my wealth status,’ one joked.
Many noted more obvious signs of financial success like ordering at a restaurant without looking at the prices on the menu, being debt-free and earning a six-figure salary.
One user said an indicator of a wealthy person is someone who can pay to outsource things they don’t like doing like cleaning to ‘buy time’ for more enjoyable activities.
‘You’re considered wealthy in ‘Straya when you get all your shopping from Harris Farms,’ one user said
Aussies weigh in: What lifestyle choices make you look ‘rich’ in 2022?
Eating organic food
Filling up with Premium 98 petrol
Avocado instead of butter on toast
Water dispenser in the fridge
Having a backyard in a capital city
Buying bottled water at the cinema
Using three-ply toilet paper
Ordering food without looking at prices on the menu
Easily paying unexpected bills
Buying a beer outside of happy hour
Shopping at Myer or David Jones
Knowing how to ski and holidaying overseas
Living in a two-storey house
Hiring a cleaner
Taking your shoes off at the front door
Buying food at a theme park
‘I personally think wealthy would be affording a home on your own as an individual (not as a member of a couple) and making at least $110,000 with very little or no debt,’ another chimed in.
‘When your expenses are less than your income, with enough to save towards your future,’ wrote one woman.
‘Wealthy in Australia is when you can pay your bills with no issue, and eat out at a low to medium end restaurant without looking at the price tag,’ noted a third.
The topic of what makes you wealthy previously sparked a lively discussion on TikTok after podcaster Clare Stephens asked her 15,800 followers what they think the ‘low-key’ traits of being rich in Australia are.
In a clip, the TikToker reminisced on the subtle things she associated with wealth as a child, including shopping at Myer and flying exclusively with Qantas.
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.
The topic of what makes you wealthy previously sparked a lively discussion on TikTok after podcaster Clare Stephens asked what people think the traits of being rich in Australia are
In a clip, the TikToker reminisced on the subtle things she associated with wealth as a child, including shopping at Myer and flying exclusively with Qantas
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.
A second said living in a two-storey house, having an electric gate, an in-ground pool or a freestanding bathtub, and holidaying overseas are all signs you’re rich.
Other signs included living in a two-storey house, having an in-ground pool and having a sign at the front door asking you to remove your shoes before stepping inside
‘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.’