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8 things that make us Americans

Фото: Depositphotos

Фото: Depositphotos

Sometimes, watching the Americans, you notice that some of their habits and life circumstances are ridiculous, and sometimes painfully similar to ours. Or maybe it's just universal?

While I was living in Russia, I often heard something on one occasion, then on another, they say, something is wrong in the West. And living in this very West, I found out that, in fact, here too much is arranged, like ours.

1. Americans make stocks

The habit of stockpiling turned out to be characteristic of US citizens no less than residents of the CIS, only in our country this habit is rooted in the vegetable garden, and in theirs - in the hypermarket. If we have jars of pickles lovingly placed in closets and cellars, then Americans have huge boxes of chips, soda, water, canned food and other foodstuffs placed wherever necessary. In large houses there is a basement or a special room for this, but in a small living space the entire kitchen can be filled with boxes.

Moreover, it is still clear when people buy groceries for a large family in bulk, but for me it remains a mystery why a single woman has several packs of cotton buds with a thousand pieces each.

2. Love to save

Americans are also greedy for discounts and special offers that allow you to buy cheaper things that you don’t really need for nothing. There are even special newspapers telling you where and what discounts are available this month. Actually, huge reserves are also one of the consequences of the desire to save money, because, as you know, wholesale is cheaper.

3. Do not mind freebies

Yes, Americans will also not miss the chance to get something for free. For example, in a cafe where visitors pour their own drinks, they not only go to the soda machine several times with a glass given at the checkout, but also fill the bottle they brought with them with lemonade. And at the same time, unlike Russian establishments, such “nonsense” are not stopped here.

4. Graduates cannot get a job

I have often heard that the Russian higher education system does not take into account the real needs of business in personnel, therefore, we have so many people with degrees in economics and lawyers working as merchandisers.

But even in America there are more people with diplomas than jobs that correspond to these diplomas, only the problem is aggravated by the fact that a fairly substantial loan, taken once to study in college, is hanging behind yesterday’s students. And it will have to extinguish due to the salary of the waiter.

Фото: Depositphotos

Фото: Depositphotos

5. Three generations of the family live under one roof.

Perhaps, most often I heard a song with the refrain “you don’t belong here” in Russia precisely because Americans kick their children out of the house as soon as they turn 18, while in our country the bad parent is the one who did not feed the child before retirement .

I readily believe that when college graduates did not have such problems finding a job, their parents really let them go to an independent life with a light heart. But in recent years, the situation has changed dramatically. Young people, as a rule, do not have money for renting, let alone buying separate housing, therefore, after graduating from educational institutions, they are now returning en masse to their parents' homes. And then they bring their husbands or wives there, and then raise their little ones there. Just like us.

6. Spouses quarrel over the mother in law

Yes, American husbands are also unhappy that they have to live on the same territory as their wife’s mother. And they, too, have nowhere to go from their beloved mother-in-law, because not everyone can afford to pay for an old lady’s pension. However, at least a little distance from his son-in-law still turns out: American mother-in-law most often live in the basement or in the outhouse.

7. Want to impress guests

Only here, for this purpose, people put treats on the table that they cannot afford in ordinary life, and Americans place “smart” books in the most prominent places, designed to demonstrate the high intellectual level of the owners of the house.

However, when you come to visit and see that a layer of dust has already accumulated on the sheets of an open book, it produces the exact opposite effect.

8. Do it yourself

American men also love to do it themselves, and then repair the wiring, considering the wife’s offer to invite an electrician as a personal insult.

And they, too, because of this home periodically left without light. And at such moments wives also read notations to them that they should have called in a specialist 4 a year ago.

At the same time, the “do it yourself” syndrome does not apply to American women. They would rather not buy themselves a new dress, a new bag and new shoes, but they will not do the cleaning themselves. At least once a month, they will pay for the cleaning service.

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