A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 14, 2013
“A lot of people are in debt because they spend what their friends think they make”

"A lot of people are in debt because they spend what their friends think they make” is a jocular one-line saying that has been popular on Twitter. “Some people are in debt because they spend what their friends think they make” was first cited in the “Barbs” section of several newspapers on December 29, 1941.


29 December 1941, The Daily Ardmorette (Ardmore, OK), “Barbs!”, pg. 4, col. 7:
Some people are in debt because they spend what their friends think they make.

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13 January 1942, San Jose (CA) Evening News, “Barbs,” pg. 12, col. 2:
Some people are in debt because they spend what their friends think they make.

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13 February 1942, The Western Star (Coldwater, KS), pg. 2, col. 2:
Some folks are in debt, advises the Kansas City Kansan, because they spend what their friends think they make. 

Google News Archive
21 July 1953, Newburgh (NY) News, “Chance Shots,” pg. 4, col. 4:
Lots of persons are deep in debt because they spend what their friends think they make.

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Some people are in debt because they spend what their friends think they make.
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A lot of people are in debt because they spend what their friends think they make. - Joe Moore #quotes #humor
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Wednesday, August 14, 2013 • Permalink