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What Being Broke Looks Like On TV Vs. Real Life

I don't know where these TV apartments are coming from. I'm living in a closet.

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Renting an apartment in the city on TV.

Open floor plan? Check. Balcony? Check. Two bedrooms? Check. Realistic rent? Nope.
NBC

Open floor plan? Check. Balcony? Check. Two bedrooms? Check. Realistic rent? Nope.

Renting an apartment in the city in real life.

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All I really needed was a bed anyway, right?

Eating on TV.

We're so broke I guess we have to order takeout every night.
Fox

We're so broke I guess we have to order takeout every night.

Eating in real life.

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What? This is all I had.

Your hair on TV.

Yeah this is totally what a $15 haircut looks like.
NBC

Yeah this is totally what a $15 haircut looks like.

Your hair in real life.

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You missed a little spot.

Having your power shut off on TV.

"Let's play a game! This is fun!"
NBC

"Let's play a game! This is fun!"

Having your power shut off in real life.

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OK, I guess I should have invested in a flashlight.

Dressing on TV.

We're very broke BUT we still look super cool.
Warner Bros.

We're very broke BUT we still look super cool.

Dressing in real life.

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~Walmart swag~

Cars on TV.

Yeah the flames make this vintage car so undesirable and cheap.
Fox

Yeah the flames make this vintage car so undesirable and cheap.

Cars in real life.

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It's a great car. If you're not going above 40mph. Or further than 10 miles.

Graduating from college on TV.

Yay! I have a job offer and zero debt.
The CW

Yay! I have a job offer and zero debt.

Graduating from college in real life.

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*starts counting down the days until my grace period is over*

Thanksgiving on TV.

Look at all this food!
NBC

Look at all this food!

Thanksgiving in real life.

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We can get like 12 pancakes for six bucks at IHOP!!

Vacation on TV.

Yeah totally fine if our best friend has his wedding in London. We can all afford it.
NBC

Yeah totally fine if our best friend has his wedding in London. We can all afford it.

Vacation in real life.

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Maybe if I stare at my computer long enough I'll be there.

"Splurging" on TV.

Yes, my dinner party looks like it belongs in Better Homes and Gardens.
Fox

Yes, my dinner party looks like it belongs in Better Homes and Gardens.

"Splurging" in real life.

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It's gonna be a good night.

Struggling artists on TV.

My $300 payment from my literary submission totally covered my bills this month.
HBO

My $300 payment from my literary submission totally covered my bills this month.

Struggling artists in real life.

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This fridge is a metaphor for my life.

A sustainable job on TV.

Bartending once a week and giving free drinks to my friends totally pays the bills.
Fox

Bartending once a week and giving free drinks to my friends totally pays the bills.

Sustainable jobs* in real life.

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What is this "spare time" thing you speak of?

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