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  • - [Interviewer] How do you guys shop together?

  • (buzzing lips)

  • - I had to do some research first,

  • 'cause I have to always find what's best.

  • - [Interviewer] So is that how you decide

  • on which Hot Pocket to get?

  • - Yes, literally.

  • (clapping beat)

  • (hip hop beat)

  • - I'm Melina.

  • - And I'm Kevin.

  • - I'm Brie.

  • - My names Ralen.

  • - I'm Rich. - Bernice.

  • - We're engaged.

  • - We're married.

  • - We've been married for 23 years.

  • - [Interviewer] How old are you guys?

  • - I'm 28. - I'm 24.

  • - I'm 19. - I'm 19 too.

  • - [Interviewer] How long have you guys been together?

  • - A year. - Almost a year in March.

  • - Same thing.

  • - [Interviewer] Where are you from?

  • - From Chechnya, it's a Islamic Republic

  • in Southern Russian Federation.

  • - [Interviewer] What brought you to The States?

  • - The war was happening still a little bit,

  • so it was a little bit safer here.

  • - [Interviewer] Is there a big

  • cultural difference with how you guys were raised?

  • - I would say so.

  • - I just feel like I had a harder childhood then he had.

  • - [Interviewer] So you think he grew up spoiled?

  • (laughing)

  • - Yes.

  • - [Interviewer] What does $100 mean to you guys?

  • - I feel like normally when we spend $100

  • it's not ever on this much food.

  • We were kinda like wow we can actually get a lot for $100.

  • - When you have a child, and you have to make ends meat,

  • you could go to the cheapest store

  • and $100 barely stretched.

  • - [Interviewer] Let's talk about the food here.

  • What do you think this is a good reflection of?

  • - We love cereal.

  • - I drink a lot of Capri Suns.

  • - Sprite is my favorite drink.

  • - [Interviewer] It looks like you guys eat like children.

  • - Everyone says that, we have a mini fridge in our room,

  • and when my friends come over they're like,

  • "Oh my god this is a kindergartner's fridge"

  • - [Interviewer] Who chose all the junk food?

  • - Me. - Who do you think?

  • (laughing)

  • - Oreo's and energy drinks, I have to have that.

  • - [Interviewer] Who here is trying to bulk up

  • with that Muscle Milk?

  • (laughing)

  • - I'm not trying to bulk up, but I mean--

  • - I go to the gym more often is the short answer

  • to that question.

  • - [Interviewer] What's the most expensive thing

  • you guys got here?

  • - Probably like the Vegenaise.

  • I have a lot of health issues

  • related to having diagnosed bulimia.

  • Which is what led me to veganism.

  • - [Interviewer] He must be vegan too, right?

  • - No.

  • - [Interviewer] What are dietary restrictions for you guys?

  • - Coming from Islamic Republic, no pork.

  • - And also no marshmallow, or anything with gelatin in it.

  • - You'd be surprised, it's in everything.

  • - Yeah, no alcohol.

  • - End of the day,

  • it's nice to wind down with a glass of wine.

  • Especially with the salmon.

  • - [Interviewer] How do you guys work together

  • when you're out shopping?

  • - I push the cart and take care of the baby,

  • and she picks the food.

  • - I had to do some research first,

  • 'cause I have to always find what's best.

  • - [Interviewer] So is that how you decide

  • on which Hot Pocket to get?

  • - Yes, literally.

  • - The angriest we've been at each other I think,

  • has all been shopping experiences.

  • - I don't really go shopping

  • at a grocery store with a mission.

  • I just go for the experience.

  • - I go for the experience of completing a mission.

  • - He lies sometimes. - Sometimes, yeah.

  • Sometimes if it's something that I know

  • is definitely just a waste of money.

  • - Like "Oh there's gelatin in it."

  • And puts it back. - Yeah, exactly.

  • (laughing)

  • - [Interviewer] What's your living situation like?

  • - We live in a house.

  • - [Interviewer] Do you guys own it?

  • - She does.

  • (laughing)

  • - We've got three kids, a dog and a boat.

  • I mean we may look like the American dream I suppose.

  • - Kind of the edge of town,

  • so we got lots of land around us.

  • - We live in a concrete box.

  • - Yep, a little studio.

  • - We live with my mom.

  • - We live with my parents.

  • - [Interviewer] Is it annoying

  • living at your parents place?

  • - It's pretty good, she just gives us freedom.

  • - [Interviewer] Do you guys pay rent?

  • - No. - No.

  • - [Interviewer] Does that help you guys save?

  • - Yeah.

  • - It's helped me save, I mean.

  • - [Interviewer] Have you guys considered

  • a mutual bank account?

  • - Mhm.

  • - I dunno 'cause I feel like you're gonna spend more money.

  • - I'm not though.

  • - [Interviewer] Who's worse with money?

  • - I dunno, I don't think we've talked about this.

  • - I like to talk about money.

  • - I initially was not as open about talking about finances.

  • - 'Cause he's like, this is America,

  • we don't talk about money.

  • - Four years ago we were in the food bank line.

  • We starved.

  • - [Interviewer] Are you guys on food stamps or?

  • - Yes, we receive EBT.

  • I've had people look at me and be like,

  • you don't deserve it because you clearly had enough

  • to get this resolved.

  • Like that phone, that bag.

  • You don't know if those are gifts,

  • you don't know where that stuff came from

  • and with food stamps it has helped us so much,

  • but it's supplemental, it's not enough to live off of.

  • - How much do you make?

  • - I can't say.

  • - I'm pretty sure I saw it through the email,

  • you're just telling me--

  • (mumbles)

  • 26.50.

  • - [Interviewer] Is that how much he makes an hour?

  • - Yeah.

  • - [Interviewer] Who does the cooking?

  • - She does. - Typically me.

  • - I do.

  • - I cook.

  • - [Interviewer] Why do you cook?

  • A woman is supposed to cook right?

  • (laughing)

  • - No I would say--

  • - I could cook but I don't think he'd like it.

  • - [Interviewer] Ask her, do you find it sexy

  • when I cook for you?

  • (scoffs)

  • - Do you find it sexy when I cook for you?

  • - I don't know, it's kind of expected at this point.

  • (laughing)

  • - [Interviewer] Do you guys eat together?

  • - We try to have dinner together

  • at least the nights that we're home at the same time.

  • And we sit at the table.

  • We don't watch TV while eating.

  • - We love to gather around food,

  • and celebrate our family and friends.

  • - We're not the stereotypical sit down, eat together family.

  • We'll eat upstairs, watch something really quick.

  • - I have some military experience,

  • so food is subsistence.

  • - If we're sharing food I have to eat fast

  • because he eats so fast.

  • - [Interviewer] What does food mean to you?

  • - I would say food is just a medium

  • for community, family.

  • - I kind of see food as fuel, and nothing more.

  • - Food for me is always been something

  • that was used as punishment.

  • - [Interviewer] What do you mean by punishment?

  • - If I ate too much of something,

  • you're getting too big,

  • or if you eat that you're gonna get fat.

  • Food is like, an enemy.

  • - [Interviewer] Do you guys want to get married?

  • - Mhm. - Yeah.

  • - [Interviewer] Have you guys talked about it?

  • - Yeah. - All the time.

  • - [Interviewer] Why do you guys wanna get married?

  • (sighing)

  • - [Interviewer] You guys are gonna get married.

  • - Yeah.

  • - [Interviewer] Kids?

  • - No. - No.

  • (laughing)

  • I don't want to be responsible

  • for another human being.

  • - I can't even take care of a plant.

  • - We don't want to have kids in America.

  • We have certain religious values,

  • and we'd prefer to raise our kids

  • in an Islamic country or Republic.

  • - No, the kids are kind of trying to go away,

  • and it's just us.

  • We're starting to have some fun,

  • and do some weekends away and trips on our own.

  • - [Interviewer] What keeps you guys together?

  • - We do have enough in common,

  • to feel comfortable sharing our differences

  • and talking about them, and trying to learn more

  • about ourselves and each other.

  • - We fight like cats and dogs.

  • I've said some things, even in the past week

  • I think I've said I hate you.

  • But there are days where you just say things

  • you don't mean and I can say from the bottom of my heart

  • that I do love you, even in those horrible fights.

  • - I love you. - I love you too.

  • - I love you. - I love you too.

  • - I love you.

  • (kissing)

  • - [Interviewer] All right, now make out

  • and we'll leave you guys alone.

  • (opening can)

  • - Ahh, mm.

  • (laughing)

  • (chuckling)

  • (opening package)

  • (kissing)

  • - Mmm, Muscle Milk.

  • (laughing)

  • (clinking glasses)

  • - [Both] Cheers.

  • (kissing)

  • (clapping beat)

- [Interviewer] How do you guys shop together?

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