A shocked teenager compares his more reasonable allowance. “I get $20 a week, and I am a teenager, (and) that is a lot of money,” claims the young man, who is adamant that teenagers like him “need to learn how to get a job and earn money for themselves.”
A university student cannot believe a teenager needs that much money to survive. He claims $700 a month is enough “for all the food I eat in a month, my phone contract, clothes, pens and paper supplies, textbooks, clubs I join, and all of that.”
An engineer who makes $80,000 a year says they live on half their after-tax income, the other half of which goes into savings and utilities. “I live off of around 20k a year in a major city and feel fairly comfortable,” says the nonplussed tech worker.