My partner and I are by no means poor. We cover our bills. We get to go on a couple of fun trips each year. We go to the movies and restaurants a couple of times a month. But, within the context of our friends group, we are the poorest couple. Our other friends are getting to that point where they have several investment accounts, stay at Marriotts almost everywhere they go, and buy business class plane tickets. They aren’t living like celebrities but they also aren’t passing up on those little upgrades in life, the way we often do. They love us and don’t care how much we have, but, naturally, having some drastically different household incomes can lead to some awkward situations and can even be an obstacle sometimes. Here’s what it’s like being the poorest couple in the friend group.
You can’t do the boozy brunches
When everyone wants to go to brunch on a Sunday, we just don’t do it. We know that will involve several people just ordering tons of things for the table, hoping to split the bill, and everyone being okay with that. Meanwhile, we were hoping to be conservative diners, but that would just ruin the fun for everyone else.