I was thinking about this the other day.....I recently read an article that said 50% of Americans do not have access to $2,000 if they need it in an emergency. So, needless to say, there are a lot of people without a lot of money out there. But, in my day to day life, I periodically come across people who don't remember/know what it's like not to have money.
I had a very poor friend (disabled) who was invited to go on a cruise with her rich cousin. Rich cousin was paying for the cruise, which is a very kind gift. So my friend Amy is thrilled for the cruise, but her rich cousin (mistakenly) overlooked that they were leaving from New Orleans very early, so Amy had to spend the night in a hotel in NO before the cruise. Well, Amy didn't have the money for the hotel and rich cousin thought, "I'm paying for the cruise and all you have to do is cover the hotel." So Amy struggled and I suggested that she just tell rich cousin, "I can't even afford one night in a hotel!!" It all worked out fine, but tough situation.
I have a very rich aunt/uncle. We were going on vacation near them (vacation was paid for by another friend of ours) and I emailed to visit. They said, "Great, let's meet for lunch." Now, if you were REALLY rich, wouldn't you pick up the tab for your struggling niece family? My aunt picked a very fancy restaurant, when I would have been fine w/ subway.....well, she had arranged for separate checks!! I about fainted. So we ended up w/ a $50 tab for lunch, which about killed me.
And rich friends always say, "Hire someone to clean your house Adele". Well, gee, should we not eat that month??
Or when I was lost and called a friend and they're all, "Plug in the address to your smart phone." Well, I have a dumb phone, not a smart phone!!
And I'm not begrudging rich people.....all the people I know that are very rich work very hard---all sacrificing time with their families for work and travel etc. I quit a job to raise my children which paid me handsomely (and I did not save enough of my paycheck before kids, regrettably), but required 8+ weeks of travel per year. I love staying home with my children, even though we don't go on vacations and drive old cars and never go out. It's all ok.