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The Guide To Acting Rich When You're Actually Poor

So you're living the high life and loving it. But checking your credit score on FreeCreditScore.com reveals otherwise. You can get your life in gear and no one has to know. Here are some tips to make your friends think you are still living it up!

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Step 1: Name your kid Mercedes

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Step 2: Hang out in trendy areas wearing hobo chic clothing

Even the some of the richest celebs are into dressing like they're poor. Go to the nearest thrift store, pick out the most brightly colored raggy item you can find, add a couple of layers and Ke$ha might even wind up copying your style.
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Even the some of the richest celebs are into dressing like they're poor. Go to the nearest thrift store, pick out the most brightly colored raggy item you can find, add a couple of layers and Ke$ha might even wind up copying your style.

Step 3: Bag, Borrow Or Steal

You might know this trick from Sex And The City. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars you don't have on designer bags, you can rent one for a little as $60 a week. Take it out, show it off and return it. It will be our little secret.
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You might know this trick from Sex And The City. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars you don't have on designer bags, you can rent one for a little as $60 a week. Take it out, show it off and return it. It will be our little secret.

Step 4: Buy an extra Ferrari key on eBay

While the real deal may cost over $100,000, you can fool all your friends by buying an authentic key on eBay for just a little over $100. And if anyone asks, just tell them it's in the shop.
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While the real deal may cost over $100,000, you can fool all your friends by buying an authentic key on eBay for just a little over $100. And if anyone asks, just tell them it's in the shop.

Step 5: Get good at Photoshop

All it takes is a little skill in Photoshop and you can fool all your facebook friends into thinking you're living big.
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All it takes is a little skill in Photoshop and you can fool all your facebook friends into thinking you're living big.

Step 6: Buy a PO box in a rich area

While you may not have a luxurious address, your PO box certainly can.
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While you may not have a luxurious address, your PO box certainly can.

Step 7: Whip up some custom business cards

With your new custom card, you can be the profession you've always wanted to be!
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With your new custom card, you can be the profession you've always wanted to be!

Step 8: Paint an old American Express card black

While you may never actually be able to use this card, simply flashing it in your wallet will be sure to impress.
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While you may never actually be able to use this card, simply flashing it in your wallet will be sure to impress.

Step 9: Carry a couple of copies of "your" bank receipt

Well, it doesn't actually have to be yours. Find an ATM receipt someone has left behind with a nice balance on it. Photo copy it a couple of times and "accidentally" drop it where you please.
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Well, it doesn't actually have to be yours. Find an ATM receipt someone has left behind with a nice balance on it. Photo copy it a couple of times and "accidentally" drop it where you please.

Step 10: Buy one nice set of clothes

And wear them every single day.
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And wear them every single day.