So lately I've been thinking of the Cullens and how damn rich they are. And then I stop and go, wait a minute, how is that possible?
So I am going to compare the Cullen expenses and the average normal-people expenses in this chart.
Expense Normal People The Cullens
-Food X X*
-Clothing X X*
-Shelter X X
-Gas X X
-Electricity X X
-Running water X ?*
-School supplies X X
and medicine X X*
-Private island X*
and its maintenance X
campground, etc X
-Travel expenses X X*
-Cell phones X X
-Lunch money X X
-Cleaning supplies X X
-Gardening suppliesX X
rebuilding X X
(had to put it) X
The ones with the little stars are the ones that I can hear Twihards arguing at me about threw my monitor.
Food - Didn't they, like, feed 3 werewolves in Breaking Dawn? (only one ate, but they had the food for 3). Then they tried to get Bella to eat, then Renesmeee. They also keep food as a prop (makes so much sense since no humans ever come over). That gets bad and gets chucked (except in December, when all the carollers come along), so not only is it a huge waste, but it also means that they have to re-buy stuff regularly (but I suppose they keep it for a week or so past experation since it gets closed, but wouldn't the house start to stink? Add extra Febreze to their list of expenses)
Clothing - So not only do they need to dress 7 vamps, but Alice is a shop-o-holic and Rosalie was used to the best her whole life, so no thrift-store stuff. And then they stuffed a huge room with stuff for Bella and Edward. We can pretty surely double the clothes $ for the Cullens.
Insurance - Since they don't get sick and can't die and are so perfect they don't have car accidents, I don't suppose they have any. Not on their house either, because what could happen that one of them couldn't fix? Plus if there's a fire they all die anyways, so...
Running water - Do they have running water? I assume they do as another "prop" and since Bella spends so much time there (unless another Mary-Sue power is super-bladders).
Heating/cooling -I'll spare them this one since they don't technically need it.
Blood - Did Carlisle get it free? I don't know, but I'm not going to re-read BD for that. If you know please tell in the comments!
At home medical supplies and medicine - I know some humans do need medical equipement in their homes, but for the average not that many. And the Cullens probably do keep advil or something (note, does advil work on vampires? What do you think?) as a prop or maybe they do need it (answer in comments, guys!). But either way, they probably spent a little more then the average family on medical stuff.
Private island - They paid FOR the island, they pay to KEEP the island to themselves, they pay to KEEP the island and house clean, they pay for the stuff INSIDE the house... More then owning a cottage, don,t you think?
Travel expenses - I don't know if its just me, but the Cullens seem to take-off for Italy more often then your average American family, eh? And if you plan on goign on vacation, usually there's a lot of saving involved. Oh yeah, also, Edward running around the globe in despair looking for my good friend Vicky in New Moon.
EXCUSES TWIHARDS MAY COME UP WITH...
1) "They've been saving for a long time"
Okay, but they've also been spending for a long time. They wouldn't have saved enough to be as immensily rich as S Meyer describes them as.
2) "Carlisle's a doctor!"
Yes, yes he is. But without any of the kids having as much as a part-time job, and Esme not working, it still doesn't cover the monthly budget 20 times.
Ooh, other thing: maybe he's still paying off university. And wouldn't he technically have to re-do it? New advances get made and sometimes you just need to get filled in on the new stuff. And I mean, his diploma would be from the 1800 or 1900 way before he was even "born", wouldn't that cause issues every time he changes jobs? Ooops, forgot, counter-fit diploma, right. But that can't be cheap and being as good-hearted as he is, Carlisle'll want to pay the guy for doing it, right?
And I can't come up with any other. If you have one, post in comments and I'll add it with me argument.
Conclusion: After doing the math, I don't see how the Cullens can be so immensily, damn rich. Thanks for reading!