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Millennials Share What Living Paycheck To Paycheck Is Really Like

by Alexandra

Every generation has its concerns about various things. For millennials, their biggest concern is how they are going to afford their day-to-day lives. As many of us are graduating with our college degrees and seeking entry-level positions with little pay, we have severe anxiety about how we are going to be able to afford the things we need to live healthy and comfortable lives. 

Sure, we love to post memes about how broke we are and how much it sucks but, in reality, it is actually a terrifying situation to find yourself in. While many of us are trying to pay off student loan debt while trying to eat nutritionally and maintain our household and various bills, we are really struggling to do so. In fact, many millennials are scraping the bottoms of their wallets in between paydays for some extra cash because they've likely spent their last check on the previous lists of necessary costs.

Here are some real millennials telling us what it's like to actually live paycheck to paycheck. 

Having No Money is No Joking Matter

It's the reality for millions of millennials
Having No Money is No Joking Matter
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Jenna, 23 - 

“It’s a lot of only buying one drink at the bar not because you don’t want to drink any longer but it’s all that you can afford.”

Searching For Money Like

Where's it at though?
Searching For Money Like
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Sam, 24 -

“It really is exactly what it seems, working all day every day just to pay the bills, and barely manage to eat.”

Don't We All?

The answer is: YES
Don't We All?
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Cara, 22 - 

"Living paycheck to paycheck has caused me to resort to a "side hustle" as us millennials call it. That helps, but only so much." 

Street Performing Wouldn't Be That Bad

Or would it?
Street Performing Wouldn't Be That Bad
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Jennifer, 23 - 

“Living paycheck to paycheck is “I can’t come out tonight, having dinner with my parents again;” because I don’t have any other option if I want to eat good once this week.”

Ah The "Stuff Your Face at Your Parents" Face

Because who knows when a hot meal will be in your life again!?
Ah The
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Sarah, 24 - 

“Living paycheck to paycheck brings upon terrifying moments of “Oh sh*t, rent is due in two days.”

Landlords be like...

"Where's the rent, dude?"
Landlords be like...
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Franny, 25 - 

“I remember that one month I actually didn’t have enough for rent and had to call my landlord hysterically crying, pleading my case on why I needed another week. Thankfully he was very understanding.”

This Could Be You...

But you probably couldn't afford the wine
This Could Be You...
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May, 22 -

 “Living paycheck to paycheck is literally working a full week, paying all your bills and then having five dollars left to your name to show for it.”

You'd Never Sell Drugs

But your last paycheck had you slightly entertaining the idea
You'd Never Sell Drugs
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Jenny, 24 - 

“A struggle. That’s the best way to describe living paycheck to paycheck.”

You're 100% on Point With That One

ONE HUNDRED PERCENT
You're 100% on Point With That One
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Gab, 24 - 

“When you’ve had an “instant meal” six out of seven nights this week you know you are living paycheck to paycheck.”

Ramen Will Be The BFF You've Ever Had

Seriously.
Ramen Will Be The BFF You've Ever Had
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Jackie, 24 - 

“Not being able to afford to participate in group work functions, like holiday parties, secret Santa’s etc., is when you know you are being paid too little.”

Your Weekend Plans Will Be Netflix Binging

Because you can't afford to actually go anywhere
Your Weekend Plans Will Be Netflix Binging
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Jennifer, 24 -

 “I’ve been using the same mascara since my junior year of college, I graduated two years ago. That is living paycheck to paycheck.”

You'll Cry Off Your Makeup Anyways

So it won't even matter that you had to buy lipgloss from the dollar store
You'll Cry Off Your Makeup Anyways
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Maura, 22 - 

“The sad moment when you have to call your parents for help because you can’t afford to put gas is the definition of paycheck to paycheck life.”

They Probably Won't Say This To You

But we can't make any promises
They Probably Won't Say This To You
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Michelle, 23 -

 “I quit my job because I didn’t want to struggle anymore. I ended up moving back in with my parents and working for the family business. It was actually the best decision I had made.”

Hey, It Worked For The Girl In My Big Fat Greek Wedding

She even found love afterwards!
Hey, It Worked For The Girl In My Big Fat Greek Wedding
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Nicole, 24 - 

“You’re living paycheck to paycheck when you are still answering work emails at 11 PM but can’t afford a coffee the next morning. It is painful.”

You Def Can't Afford a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Just eat a piece of candy corn instead, dude.
You Def Can't Afford a Pumpkin Spice Latte
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Mary, 25 - 

“I lived paycheck to paycheck for a while after college. The lights and TV never went on in my apartment for a good year.”

Lights Are For The Weak

Or... the rich
Lights Are For The Weak
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Cate, 24 - 

“I ate ramen for dinner every night for the first six months at my job. I was lucky to get a pay increase so early on and when I did you bet I bought myself a fancy steak dinner.”

Every Once In a While You'll Catch a Break

And you better follow Donna's advice because who knows when you'll catch one again
Every Once In a While You'll Catch a Break
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Katie, 25 -

 “I wouldn’t put the AC on in the summer or heat on in the winter. Really unfortunate.”

Hopefully She Lived Somewhere Warm

Crossing our fingers for California or Florida
Hopefully She Lived Somewhere Warm
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Amanda, 25 -

 “I lost a lot of weight during my time living paycheck to paycheck because I could barely afford to eat. Honestly, I can’t complain about it though.”

Always Look at the Bright Side, Girl!

Way to stay positive
Always Look at the Bright Side, Girl!
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Amy, 24 -

 “One word to describe living paycheck to paycheck. #sad.”

It is SO Sad

It really, truly is
It is SO Sad
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Melissa, 25 - 

“Living paycheck to paycheck sucks but it is learning experience because eventually, you will realize there are better jobs out there that will pay better. Never settle.”

You Live and You Learn

It all works out in the end!
You Live and You Learn
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