Australians have shared the items they considered to be luxuries when they were ‘young and poor’.
These included things that many would take for granted in 2020, such as luxury toilet paper, coloured TVs, holidays and takeaways.
Thousands shared their thoughts in a thread on Facebook, where many said things like Viennetta ice cream, Sunday roasts and air-conditioned cars were considered to be a ‘real luxury’ when they were kids and had no money.
Australians have shared the items they considered to be luxuries when they were ‘young and poor’, including Viennetta ice cream, which many said was sophisticated (stock image)
VIENNETTA ICE CREAM
Hundreds agreed that when they were young, Viennetta ice cream was always seen as a luxury if they were ever served it.
‘We only got Viennetta on special occasions,’ one commenter posted.
‘I can remember my mum buying it just once or twice,’ another added.
Many said they saw the ice cream – which features layers of creamy vanilla ice cream mixed with a chocolate topping – as the ‘last word in sophistication’.
A tub of Streets Viennetta Ice Cream from Woolworths will now set you back just $6.60.
Another said they knew someone was rich as soon as they discovered that they had luxury toilet paper that was soft (stock image)
LUXURY TOILET PAPER
Another said they knew someone was rich as soon as they discovered that they had luxury toilet paper.
‘Good toilet paper was always an indicator someone was rich,’ one person commented.
‘Thick toilet paper that was more than 1x ply was always seen as a luxury with us,’ another added.
Others said using tissues instead of toilet paper was also a good indicator someone lived a luxurious life.
‘KFC, Mcdonald’s, pizza, Indian or Chinese were all rare luxuries in our house when we were kids,’ one woman posted (stock image)
While many families sit down to a takeaway at least once a month in 2020, many reflected that getting any kind of food to take away was always seen as a luxury in their household.
‘KFC, Mcdonald’s, pizza, Indian or Chinese were all rare luxuries in our house when we were kids,’ one woman posted.
‘Takeaway chicken was also a big luxury. We only got it on our birthdays!’ another added.
Others said frequent holidays once or twice a year were considered a real treat:
‘Anyone who went to Bali I saw as rich,’ one person said. ‘I still can’t afford to go.’
Many said they cherished their few memories of foreign holidays or trips around Australia.
When some of the commenters got a dishwasher at home, they said it was always seen as a luxury item within their household (stock image)
When some of the commenters got a dishwasher at home, they said it was always seen as a luxury item within their household.
‘A dishwasher and an actual pantry in the kitchen – oooh those things were faanceeeee! [sic],’ one person wrote.
‘I am 70 years young still poor and still no dishwasher luxury,’ another added.
One woman said having a home phone that wasn’t a ‘free Telstra one’ was seen as a luxury.
‘Having a phone you can make outgoing calls on was very sophisticated,’ she said.
JUICE POPPERS AND SOFT DRINK
Many said poppers and soft drink in general were a luxury when they were a child.
‘I used to be so jealous of kids who got juice poppers in their lunchboxes,’ one woman wrote.
‘On the school holidays, sometimes dad would order a crate of soft drinks from Collins Cordials. It was such a treat.’
Others agreed and said taking ‘poppers to school’ was a sign a family had money.
Some said it was a luxury when a parent bought a one-litre bottle of soft drink to share between the family.
Is there an item that you considered to be a luxury when you were ‘young and poor’? Email [email protected]
Many said a Sunday roast with ‘all the trimmings’ or a ‘whole roast chicken’ was always seen as a luxury (stock image)
What were some of the other items listed?
* Brand name shampoo
* Colour TV
* Double-storey house
* Air-conditioned cars
* Lunch orders
* Going to a restaurant
* Fresh flowers
* Video games consoles
* BMX bikes
* Flying on a plane
* Dove bar soap
* Sunday roast with all the trimmings
* 40 cent bag of lollies at the swimming pool
* Brand name grocery items
* Second fridge
* Coffee from a cafe
* Top sheet
* Wine that wasn’t from a box
* Spiral staircase
* Having the Disney channel