Post # 76
I didn’t post on any of the other threads so I’ll do it now.
I had a 1 carat diamond until I insisted on wearing it after it became uncomfortably tight during my pregnancy. Do you see where this is leading? No? It got so uncomfortable I took it and my band off at work ,put it on my desk and forgot it there. Needless to say it was not there the next day when I returned to work. Hopefully, some other girl or pawn shop felt the same joy I did when I got it.
Car? I happily drove a very reliable ’97 Camry until January 2009 when I bought a new LEXUS ES. Great? I guess but I sure feel a tinge of jealousy when I see the girl I sold the Camry to riding around in my car. Her mom lives a block from me so this happens pretty often. I really wish I still had my car and my money.
Post # 77
this is a really interesting post. i guess i’m in the minority of bees who post a humble ring, humble car, humble wedding budget, etc. it’s ironic because especially with wedding planning i worried a lot about what people (our guests) would think because we had such a budget wedding. when people ask to see my ring, they usually don’t say anything, or i’ve gotten “that’s cute.” not quite what i always imagined people would say when i got engaged, but i love my ring set so it doesn’t matter.
Post # 78
About the car thing…me and Fiance do not have flashy cars whatsoever…we think that a vehicle is to get you to point A to point B and never really put much thought into it after that…I was just very excited that my newer car that I upgraded to last year actually had CUP HOLDERS.
Post # 79
I have a .5 carat ring, my wedding budget is 5k, and I drive an 11 year old Ford Escort! But, I wanted to have all of those things sooo… maybe I’m not helpful to the statistics. 🙂
The other interesting thing is that there are a lot of bees who probably don’t post because of small budgets/rings/etc, but the Bee is such a DIY friendly place as well! Most of us who are on smaller budgets, I think, feel very welcomed because of all of our projects and ideas.
Post # 80
Oh, and don’t forget that a LOT of bees are not 23 and fresh out of college, starting their careers. Many, many bees are in very successful careers, are older, or are starting second marriages. So, that will also affect the statistics, especially if we’re thinking that the “average” is a 25 year old.
I would guess the average is closer to 28-30, and therefore, the “average” bee would be able to afford nicer cars, nicer weddings, and their fiances could buy bigger rings.
But it really doesn’t matter, per se. It’s just interesting. 🙂
Post # 81
it would be interesting to see the demographics broken down, like if the site had everyone take a survey of age, education, ethnicity, income, etc.
Post # 82
Another skewed stat on WB: # OF TIMES YOU HAVE SEX PER WEEK!!
All of those posts make it seem like everyone is having sex like rabbits! : ) I’m sure the average is MUCH lower. (At least among my friends it is.)
I definitely makes sense that people read and post on topics they like best. I drive a RAV4…I like it, but I’m not a car person, so I wouldn’t even read a post about cars. Maybe if I drove a Porsche I would?
Post # 83
Veeeerrrry inta-rest-ting! Looking forward to your other “studies”!
It’s funny about the rings. My ring looks impressive. It’s from Overstock.com. Plus, it’s a composite ring, so it’s made up of lots of little diamonds rather than one huge diamond. People think it’s more fancy than it is. However, for some reason, FH and I never, ever want to disclose it’s from Overstock. Maybe we both feel people would think he was cheap or it was somehow a subpar ring? Who knows…
Post # 84
I think that’s part of it, too. I see a lot of younger bees commenting about trying to fit in wedding planning with college / what to do about their part time job /etc. I also see older bees with nice cars, big rings, designer dresses. I don’t really assume those are the same people.
Some of it is different sets of people, others are different sets of priorities. I know I’ve gotten comments (from offline people, not bees) how weird it is that we spent so little on my engagement ring and so much on our venue (the venue was about 15-20x the price of the ring). Um… that’s just the way we roll. In our civic.
Post # 85
“Um… that’s just the way we roll. In our civic.”
I love you.