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4th Mar '16 9:26:01 AM Morgenthaler
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** Their situation is possibly explained by a willingness to go further into debt; soon after Elliot is cut off by her parents, the gang goes out for an expensive dinner and she laments that she can't afford it. JD points out that they're all in so much debt from their student loans that one dinner won't make much of a difference.
4th Mar '16 7:52:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* A variation on the theme comes from ''{{Reaper}}''. Sam's gang, who work at a CaptainErsatz for The Home Depot, can afford multiple beers and shots at their neighbourhood bar, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Booze]]. Somewhat justified in that Sam and Sock both live with their parents, though Andi complains that she couldn't possibly buy a house with what she makes at The Work Bench.

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* A variation on the theme comes from ''{{Reaper}}''.''Series/{{Reaper}}''. Sam's gang, who work at a CaptainErsatz for The Home Depot, can afford multiple beers and shots at their neighbourhood bar, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Booze]]. Somewhat justified in that Sam and Sock both live with their parents, though Andi complains that she couldn't possibly buy a house with what she makes at The Work Bench.
26th Feb '16 4:26:36 PM Prfnoff
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* The prequel to the fifth ''SakuraWars'' game, ''Kouya no Samurai Musume'' (roughly, "The Samurai Girl from the Wild West"), takes this trope to extremes. Gemini and Juanita win $100,000 in Las Vegas (this is set in 1928, so this would be equal to more than a million in 2010 dollars). A few scenes later, after an in-story elapsed time of only a few weeks, it is implied that they have spent the entire amount on food for themselves. How they can afford to eat in times when they ''don't'' have such sums of money flowing in is not clear.

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* The prequel to the fifth ''SakuraWars'' game, ''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove'', ''Kouya no Samurai Musume'' (roughly, "The Samurai Girl from the Wild West"), takes this trope to extremes. Gemini and Juanita win $100,000 in Las Vegas (this is set in 1928, so this would be equal to more than a million in 2010 dollars). A few scenes later, after an in-story elapsed time of only a few weeks, it is implied that they have spent the entire amount on food for themselves. How they can afford to eat in times when they ''don't'' have such sums of money flowing in is not clear.
6th Feb '16 8:33:22 PM nombretomado
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* The gang of ''{{Friends}}'' is the living embodiment of this trope. Joey and Chandler especially, as they seem to eat takeout every night, and they all drink at least five bucks worth of coffee a day at [[LocalHangout Central Perk]]. Chandler has a well-paying job, and Monica's a chef when she's working, but still.

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* The gang of ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' is the living embodiment of this trope. Joey and Chandler especially, as they seem to eat takeout every night, and they all drink at least five bucks worth of coffee a day at [[LocalHangout Central Perk]]. Chandler has a well-paying job, and Monica's a chef when she's working, but still.



* The GilmoreGirls never seem to cook, and eat out constantly and in large amounts, even though Lorelei probably isn't making tons of money running the inn. What's more, they aren't carrying any extra weight. Lorelei probably weighs 120 soaking wet. This is often lampshaded to varying degrees throughout the show. At one point, Rory comes back from college and notices that Lorelai is cooking. She takes this as a sign that her mother is in real financial trouble and turns out to be right.
* Averted in ''DeadLikeMe''. Despite Der Waffle House being the common meeting place, the characters all have some sort of day job (except Daisy and Mason, unless sponging off of sugar-daddies and running second-rate scams count), exhibit the expected issues with money, and often just sit drinking bottomless cups of coffee for extended periods of time.
* ''SeventhHeaven'' depicts a huge family that apparently has never heard of "economy-size." The Camdens, despite consisting of two parents, 5 - 7 kids, a dog, and any number of friends and grandparents drifting in and out, are often seen bringing home a "load" of groceries consisting of like two bags (implying that they're not really ''that'' low on food and this was just a quick errand... which Annie must run about half a dozen times a week) and getting pints or quarts of milk out of the fridge (instead of pouring a glass from a gallon). There's also always fruit and cookies and snack foods lying around for the snagging, and at least once Annie cooked a full family-sized meal that ended up getting ''thrown out'' because ''no one felt like eating it''.

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* The GilmoreGirls Series/GilmoreGirls never seem to cook, and eat out constantly and in large amounts, even though Lorelei probably isn't making tons of money running the inn. What's more, they aren't carrying any extra weight. Lorelei probably weighs 120 soaking wet. This is often lampshaded to varying degrees throughout the show. At one point, Rory comes back from college and notices that Lorelai is cooking. She takes this as a sign that her mother is in real financial trouble and turns out to be right.
* Averted in ''DeadLikeMe''.''Series/DeadLikeMe''. Despite Der Waffle House being the common meeting place, the characters all have some sort of day job (except Daisy and Mason, unless sponging off of sugar-daddies and running second-rate scams count), exhibit the expected issues with money, and often just sit drinking bottomless cups of coffee for extended periods of time.
* ''SeventhHeaven'' ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' depicts a huge family that apparently has never heard of "economy-size." The Camdens, despite consisting of two parents, 5 - 7 kids, a dog, and any number of friends and grandparents drifting in and out, are often seen bringing home a "load" of groceries consisting of like two bags (implying that they're not really ''that'' low on food and this was just a quick errand... which Annie must run about half a dozen times a week) and getting pints or quarts of milk out of the fridge (instead of pouring a glass from a gallon). There's also always fruit and cookies and snack foods lying around for the snagging, and at least once Annie cooked a full family-sized meal that ended up getting ''thrown out'' because ''no one felt like eating it''.



* ''ThreesCompany'' is a confusing example of playing it straight and justifying it. Part of the premise was that the three roommates had to live together as the only way to afford to pay the rent on their apartment. However, they did have a rather large food budget, because Jack was studying to become a chef and needed to practice (and Janet and Chrissy decided to let him stay with them because he always cooked them amazing food.) This might explain why those "we need to pay the rent" stories kept popping up later after their financial situation improved (Jack graduated and found semi-steady work, Janet became manager of the flower shop she worked in, and Chrissy was replaced with Terri, who hopefully was paid better as a nurse than Chrissy was as a typist.)
* Norm and Cliff on ''{{Cheers}}'' seem to be at the bar every night, and Norm for one drank a ludicrous amount of beer whenever he was there. His incalculable bar tab was a running gag.

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* ''ThreesCompany'' ''Series/ThreesCompany'' is a confusing example of playing it straight and justifying it. Part of the premise was that the three roommates had to live together as the only way to afford to pay the rent on their apartment. However, they did have a rather large food budget, because Jack was studying to become a chef and needed to practice (and Janet and Chrissy decided to let him stay with them because he always cooked them amazing food.) This might explain why those "we need to pay the rent" stories kept popping up later after their financial situation improved (Jack graduated and found semi-steady work, Janet became manager of the flower shop she worked in, and Chrissy was replaced with Terri, who hopefully was paid better as a nurse than Chrissy was as a typist.)
* Norm and Cliff on ''{{Cheers}}'' ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' seem to be at the bar every night, and Norm for one drank a ludicrous amount of beer whenever he was there. His incalculable bar tab was a running gag.
12th Nov '15 6:34:06 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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* In ''Literature/DoctorDolittle'' (both the book and the [[Film/DoctorDolittle 1967 film with Rex Harrison]]), we're explicitly told that he gets minimal salary, either in money or favors, yet he manages to feed hundreds of animals. It's explicitly stated in the books that he does indeed teeter on the brink of bankruptcy in the best of times, and that with considerable donations from people like the scraps man. Pretty sure he actually runs out of money at least once and is saved only by a few rich people gifting him with money. They had assumed that as a doctor, he simply had enough money to spare (which is TruthInTelevision for people like doctors, lawyers, actors, and professional athletes).
** The first book eventually resolves the issue by having the doctor visit Africa to heal some sick monkeys and be gifted a little-known animal called a Pushme-Pullyou. At the suggestion of his other animals (and with the Pushme-Pullyou's permission), he visits towns and charges admission for people to see the animal.

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* In ''Literature/DoctorDolittle'' (both the book and the [[Film/DoctorDolittle 1967 film with Rex Harrison]]), we're explicitly told that he gets minimal salary, either in money or favors, yet he manages to feed hundreds of animals. It's explicitly stated in the books that he does indeed teeter on the brink of bankruptcy in the best of times, and that with considerable donations from people like the scraps man. Pretty sure he actually runs out of money at least once and is saved only by a few rich people gifting him with money. They had assumed that as a doctor, he simply had enough money to spare (which is TruthInTelevision for people like doctors, lawyers, actors, and professional athletes).
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athletes). The first book eventually resolves the issue by having the doctor visit Africa to heal some sick monkeys and be gifted a little-known animal called a Pushme-Pullyou. At the suggestion of his other animals (and with the Pushme-Pullyou's permission), he visits towns and charges admission for people to see the animal.



* There is the lasagna that ''{{Garfield}}'' seems to consume by the metric ton. Obviously, Garfield's not paying for the stuff, but it is odd that Jon apparently spends that much money making/buying huge amounts of a dish he doesn't even appear to ''eat''.
** Some comics show Garfield just stealing whatever Jon was making for himself, sometimes [[RefugeInAudacity as Jon's eating it]]. It still raises the question of how Jon's able to pay for so much food, but it does explain ''why'' he'd bother making it.

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* There is the lasagna that ''{{Garfield}}'' seems to consume by the metric ton. Obviously, Garfield's not paying for the stuff, but it is odd that Jon apparently spends that much money making/buying huge amounts of a dish he doesn't even appear to ''eat''.
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''eat''. Some comics show Garfield just stealing whatever Jon was making for himself, sometimes [[RefugeInAudacity as Jon's eating it]]. It still raises the question of how Jon's able to pay for so much food, but it does explain ''why'' he'd bother making it.
11th Nov '15 7:28:14 PM ZeldaQueen64
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** The first book eventually resolves the issue by having the doctor visit Africa to heal some sick monkeys and be gifted a little-known animal called a Pushme-Pullyou. At the suggestion of his other animals (and with the Pushme-Pullyou's permission), he visits towns and charges admission for people to see the animal.


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* As noted by [[Blog/DasSporking Mervin]] in her sporking, ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' has Bella living with her father, who is implied to not make a lot of money. She's somehow able to always cook foods like steak and potatoes, with enough money for her dad to order pizza when he wants her to have a night off from cooking.
* In ''Literature/HushHush'', Nora constantly mentions money being tight for her and her mother, but she's able to eat out with her friend all the time. And given that she doesn't have a job for most of the series, she must be paying for it out of her mom's pocket.


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** Some comics show Garfield just stealing whatever Jon was making for himself, sometimes [[RefugeInAudacity as Jon's eating it]]. It still raises the question of how Jon's able to pay for so much food, but it does explain ''why'' he'd bother making it.
11th Aug '15 10:15:46 AM kquinn0830
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** It was explained that, at least in the early seasons, they got free coffee at Central Perk because Rachel worked there.

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** It The coffee bill was explained that, at least given a {{handwave}} in the early seasons, they got free coffee episode where Rachel quits her job as a waitress at Central Perk because Rachel worked there.Perk:
-->'''Chandler:''' (to Joey) Does this mean we’re gonna have to start paying for coffee?
24th Jul '15 7:27:04 AM Willbyr
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* In ''IkaMusume'', when trying to cure Ika Musume of the hiccups, the girls prepare her a huge fancy meal that includes ''lobster''. This from a seaside shack that can't afford to fix a hole in the wall (though that's deliberate to keep Ika busy with working rather than invading).

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* In ''IkaMusume'', ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'', when trying to cure Ika Musume of the hiccups, the girls prepare her a huge fancy meal that includes ''lobster''. This from a seaside shack that can't afford to fix a hole in the wall (though that's deliberate to keep Ika busy with working rather than invading).
23rd Jul '15 6:32:33 PM nombretomado
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* Coop from ''MegasXLR'' pushes this one to ridiculous heights, constantly eating as much junk food as he can while being a bona fide [[TheSlacker Slacker]].

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* Coop from ''MegasXLR'' ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' pushes this one to ridiculous heights, constantly eating as much junk food as he can while being a bona fide [[TheSlacker Slacker]].
12th Jul '15 4:55:46 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Seinfeld}}'', the gang is seen eating at the local diner almost every day, despite the fact that George is often out of work and Kramer seems to have no job whatsoever.

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* In ''{{Seinfeld}}'', ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', the gang is seen eating at the local diner almost every day, despite the fact that George is often out of work and Kramer seems to have no job whatsoever.



* In ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'', Hal and Lois are able to make and ruin three lavish evenings (including a limo ride, a roast dinner, and dinner at a fancy restaurant) in three nights in a row. Yet another episode clearly shows Hal resorting to blackmailing his in-laws to afford a new refrigerator, and Hal and Lois' cars were ([[ProductPlacement oddly for television]]) both over ten years old throughout the series.

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* In ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'', ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', Hal and Lois are able to make and ruin three lavish evenings (including a limo ride, a roast dinner, and dinner at a fancy restaurant) in three nights in a row. Yet another episode clearly shows Hal resorting to blackmailing his in-laws to afford a new refrigerator, and Hal and Lois' cars were ([[ProductPlacement oddly for television]]) both over ten years old throughout the series.



* Averted appropriately on ''{{Roseanne}}'' in the episode "Home Ec," where she's a guest speaker at Darlene's class (to the latter's unending embarrassment) on how to feed a family of five on a limited budget. She takes the class on a field trip to the supermarket and we're shown how to make such fine cuisine like cornflake meatloaf (of course getting the store-brand cornflakes and ground beef that's like 50% fat). Another episode shows the family getting ready to go out to dinner and divvying up a set amount for each person. Though even then, they didn't seen to worry much about frequently ordering pizza whenever the two adults were too overworked to cook.

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* Averted appropriately on ''{{Roseanne}}'' ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' in the episode "Home Ec," where she's a guest speaker at Darlene's class (to the latter's unending embarrassment) on how to feed a family of five on a limited budget. She takes the class on a field trip to the supermarket and we're shown how to make such fine cuisine like cornflake meatloaf (of course getting the store-brand cornflakes and ground beef that's like 50% fat). Another episode shows the family getting ready to go out to dinner and divvying up a set amount for each person. Though even then, they didn't seen to worry much about frequently ordering pizza whenever the two adults were too overworked to cook.
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