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When i was little and wanted to spend some money MUM
would say i could have anything i wanted, when our ship came IN. so i really believed we owned a ship
We grew up abroad, and didn't get many foreign newspapers and anything American was considered a real treat. When I overheard my parents talking about subscribing to a newspaper that I understood to be called The Herald Tribillion, I assumed this meant that each issue cost tribillion dollars. I reached the happy, yet misguided, opinion that we were phenomenally rich.
i used to always think that there was someonesiting ina little both behined the cash machine fedding money and cards in and out and i used to always worry about the man iinsed the tv-who was controling it-not having enogh food.
I used to think that cashback meant that the supermarket gave you free money back. So if your shopping was less than £50 you could get your shopping free and get some extra money on top.
It was only a few years ago that I was told that the money actually comes out from your account.
I used to believe that the term "401(k)" reffered to how much money was in the account - $401,000. This belief was further strengthened when I saw an article talking about "how to stop your 401(k) from turning into a 200.5(k)."
When I was young, I thought Monopoly money was real money so I'd sneak into the game closet and steal it out of the Monopoly box and hide it in my dresser. My mom found the stash after a few weeks and asked me what the heck I was doing with half the Monopoly money in my room. I nervously told her I was saving up for a pony.
She laughed at me until I cried.
When i was about 5 or 6 my grandfather would take me and my brother to bury a penny. He told us that it would turn into a dollar, and what do you know, every time we went back a couple of days later, there would be a dollar. He really had us going for a couple of years.
I used to think that the Night Safe outside a bank did what the cash machine, or "hole in the wall", does: that you could stick a note in it (presumably with your name and bank details) and get money out. Thus, I was ahead of my time, as I was a small child in the late 1970s/early ‘80s, in the days before "holes in the wall"!
I used to think that "checks and balances" were some how related to balancing your check book. Actually, I believed this until 7th or 8th grade.
When I was a child at about 4 years young I used to believe that every time me and my Mom would go to the checkout at a store I thought that the person at the cash always gave you change no matter what the circumstances.
I used to believe that money was free and you could just go to the bank when you need some. Every time someone said they needed money I was like "HELLO!?!? Just go to the BANK!" People laughed and I didn't get it...I just got mad at them for laughing at me.
When I was 5, I asked my mom if we could go shopping and she said that we didn't have enough money. So, I just said "Then, let's go to the bank!" Little did I know, the bank is not a place that just has an endless supply of money that they just hand out to whoever wants it.
When I was about nine, I heard someone saying that they spent all afternoon balancing their checkbook. I thought that it meant they *literally* balanced their checkbook. I imagined people trying to keep their checkbooks balanced on the tip of their finger, and they kept it up there the entire afternoon. Those people must have been really bored!
When I was little, I thought you could get money at a store because I would see the woman behind the till giving my mother change. If my mother said I couldn't have something because we didn't have enough money I would say 'but we can just buy some money at the shop like you always do'.
I used to believe that priceless meant free.
When I was a little girl my Dad gave a friend and me a quarter. My friend put hers in her mouth and accidentally swallowed it. We went crying to my Dad and all he said was, "Don't worry, it'll all come out in the wash." It just so happened my Mom was washing clothes that day (using the old Maytag wringer washer). We followed her all day looking for that quarter and could never figure out how it would get from her stomach to the wash.
I used to save money up by throwing coins into the bottom of my wardrobe, among all the shoes and things. I believed that it would be easier to save this way, and that I would end up saving more money, because I wouldn't be tempted to go rooting around down there to take the money back. Also, I would never be certain how much money was there. It was a brilliant scheme.
I used to hear the business report on the radio and think they were saying that 25 million chairs were traded on Wall Street. I pictured a huge room with millions of metal folding chairs being moved around.
I used to think that if you went to the bank and said "I need money!", they would give you as much money as you needed, no questions asked, as long as you paid them back! Boy, if the world only worked that way! ;)
I remember hearing about how our country owes billions of dollars, I asked my father why the people at the white house just doesn't order the money makers to print more hundred dollar bills out to pay whomever they owed.