Here’s an entry that should give you a good laugh and probably earn me a few nasty comments, but I really don’t care. To start off I’m a millennial. Before anyone starts we are not eating Tide Pods, we are not snorting condoms, we are not jumping out of moving cars, and we are not throwing boiling water on each other. That is the generation after us. Gen Z. We are all in our 20s and early 30s, not teenagers.
Okay, now that that’s cleared up here’s what happened. I’m sure everyone who reads this knows that millennials are known for complaining about not being able to afford things and blaming the previous generations for our current economy. So I decided to prove that it is possible to live in this financial situation. I’m going to share with you some financial information. Nothing too personal, but here we go.
My fiancé is the only one working because I’m 33 weeks pregnant and there isn’t much I can do at this point in pregnancy. He works at a carwash making 9 dollars an hour working Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM Tuesday-Friday and Sundays. Saturdays he works from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM. This isn’t including overtime when he closes he sometimes clocks off at 8:00 PM. Getting paid every two weeks we live in a 1 bedroom apartment for 560 a month with internet included and our utilities are only 85 a month. We can easily afford this and to pay our bills. We live comfortably and can provide for our future child.
Why is this so hard for others to understand that it isn’t impossible to live on 9 an hour? Even if you make less there are income based living you can take advantage of. There are a lot of government programs you can take advantage of. We don’t need them, but they do help others.
People need to stop playing the blame game on boomers for the economy. The economy changes over time no matter what it can’t be connected to one generation that’s ridiculous. The economy right now isn’t perfect, but here’s some advice in order to live comfortably.
Budgeting and figuring out the difference between a want and a need. Do you need to get Starbucks every day? Do you need the name brand clothes? Do you need a big TV, gaming systems, the latest phone? No. You want those things. A need is a roof over your head, food in your stomach, and clothes on your back. No not expensive designer clothes there is nothing wrong with hand me downs. Clothes are clothes.
Living within your means will get you the things you need and you need to learn to make sacrifices in order to get them. Now for a roof over your head will it automatically be a house? Of course not! It will take years of saving to afford a house, but there is nothing wrong with an apartment. I live in a 1 bedroom apartment in a nice neighborhood and we can live just fine.
Of course when I point out these things to other Millennials they are quick to jump down my throat, claim I’m a liar, I don’t know what I’m talking about and continue to blame boomers. It’s laughable how they try to justify their bad spending habits and go around blaming others for the bad economy when they have no idea how it works in the first place. So go ahead and try to make fun, disprove me, call me a liar while I’m sitting here in a comfy living room with a nice life and plenty of money for the three of us to live on.
That is how you live in this day, but most people don’t want to work for it, they expect everything to be handed down and spoon fed to them. We are in our 20s and early 30s it’s time to grow up.