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10th May '16 8:55:55 PM trixus
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have a long history with this trope. The eponymous family's financial situation has been implied to be very poor during numerous occasions, but they still appear on the surface to be an average family that owns a house and two cars. This double standard is heavily lampshaded in "Homer's Enemy", where Frank Grimes sheds light on the fact that a perpetual screw-up like Homer Simpson still somehow has enough resources to live an upper-middle class lifestyle.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have a long history with this trope. The eponymous family's financial situation has been implied to be very poor during numerous occasions, but they still appear on the surface to be an average family that owns a house and two cars. This double standard is heavily lampshaded in "Homer's Enemy", where Frank Grimes sheds light on the fact that a perpetual screw-up like Homer Simpson still somehow has enough resources to live an upper-middle class lifestyle. Although later it's shown that it's just a surface, the house is breaking apart, the cars has no insurance and Homer is putting everything on an HELOC and had the plan of declaring bankruptcy to cancel his debts.
5th May '16 9:58:53 PM MsChibi
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Related to ImprobableFoodBudget and FriendsRentControl. Compare FirstWorldProblems.

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Related to ImprobableFoodBudget and FriendsRentControl. Compare FirstWorldProblems.FirstWorldProblems and PerpetualPoverty.
19th Mar '16 8:53:40 PM MetaFour
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You're watching a movie or sitcom series. The characters are in their [[BigFancyHouse spacious home]] with [[LivingInAFurnitureStore their nice new, trendy furniture]]... then they start talking about how hard up for money they are, or [[PennyAmongDiamonds the n"rich people" across town.]]

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You're watching a movie or sitcom series. The characters are in their [[BigFancyHouse spacious home]] with [[LivingInAFurnitureStore their nice new, trendy furniture]]... then they start talking about how hard up for money they are, or [[PennyAmongDiamonds the n"rich "rich people" across town.]]
15th Mar '16 10:11:25 PM Laina1312
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You're watching a movie or sitcom series. The characters are in their [[BigFancyHouse spacious home]] with [[LivingInAFurnitureStore their nice new, trendy furniture]]... then they start talking about how hard up for money they are, or [[PennyAmongDiamonds the "rich people" across town.]]

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You're watching a movie or sitcom series. The characters are in their [[BigFancyHouse spacious home]] with [[LivingInAFurnitureStore their nice new, trendy furniture]]... then they start talking about how hard up for money they are, or [[PennyAmongDiamonds the "rich n"rich people" across town.]]


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** Also, he has ''seven'' kids, and the oldest is, what, maybe twelve? If they get rid of the servants, who takes care of the baby and other small children? Without a garden and food animals, they have to pay for the food outright - is it not likely cheaper to grow your own than try to feed 8 people on one salary? Who's going to do the upkeep of that, though, without the servants?
4th Mar '16 12:51:17 PM MsChibi
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You're watching a movie or sitcom series. The characters are in their [[BigFancyHouse spacious home]] with [[LivingInAFurnitureStore their nice new, trendy furniture]]... then they start talking about how hard up for money they are, or the "rich people" across town.

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You're watching a movie or sitcom series. The characters are in their [[BigFancyHouse spacious home]] with [[LivingInAFurnitureStore their nice new, trendy furniture]]... then they start talking about how hard up for money they are, or [[PennyAmongDiamonds the "rich people" across town.
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5th Feb '16 6:36:56 AM FaxModem1
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* One of the problems with the audience trying to connect with Byron and his telepathic followers in season 5 of ''Series/{{Babylon5}}'' was that the entire group, in contrast to the telepath runaways from season 2, or the regular citizens of the ghetto of Down Below, was that they were all immaculately dressed, had excellently styled hair at all times, and were somehow able to afford rather luxurious decorations to spruce up their section of Down Below. Their complaining about their struggle and discrimination from mundane(non-Telepathic) humans came off as FirstWorldProblems instead of a desperate underclass trying to survive.
20th Jan '16 11:45:50 AM CountDorku
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', even when Hawke and Co are mostly poor in Act 1, they seem to have pretty nice places - Gamlen's hovel is surprisingly large, and while there's talk about how dirty it is none of said dirt seems to actually be visible, and Merrill's lodgings in the Alienage (effectively [[FantasticRacism a ghetto for elves]]) are quite spacious and clean.
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30th Dec '15 2:26:25 PM randomfan276
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** In season 4, there is a subplot that revolves around each of the main characters falling into financial hard times. This is justified and portrayed quite realistically with the [=McCalls=] and the Stilinskis, who have very specific reasons for going into debt and are all shown to cut back on luxuries and pick up extra shifts at work to try and cover their debt. However, this trope is played straight with Lydia. Her financial difficulties are mentioned in one scene and then never again, where she breaks down in tears because her previously-wealthy family are desperately trying to sell their holiday home for the cash. Notably, during this very same episode Lydia is noted to own a $2000 laptop and a $400 bottle of wine, and she and her mother always seem to have brand new clothes, expensive makeup and styled hair throughout the season. Yeah.
14th Nov '15 11:32:12 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/NannyMcPhee'', the family lives in a huge farmhouse complete with food animals, a vegetable garden, and servants. To quote RogerEbert, "only in fiction could this be the residence of a man facing financial ruin."

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* In ''Film/NannyMcPhee'', the family lives in a huge farmhouse complete with food animals, a vegetable garden, and servants. To quote RogerEbert, Creator/RogerEbert, "only in fiction could this be the residence of a man facing financial ruin."
4th Sep '15 7:30:14 PM nombretomado
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* In ''NannyMcPhee'', the family lives in a huge farmhouse complete with food animals, a vegetable garden, and servants. To quote RogerEbert, "only in fiction could this be the residence of a man facing financial ruin."

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* In ''NannyMcPhee'', ''Film/NannyMcPhee'', the family lives in a huge farmhouse complete with food animals, a vegetable garden, and servants. To quote RogerEbert, "only in fiction could this be the residence of a man facing financial ruin."
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