Something about seeing how other people spend their money is fascinating, which is why Refinery29's Money Diaries series is so lit. It's literally a detailed account of how people, from sugar mamas to interns, spend their money throughout a given week.
One of the outlet's recent Money Diaries entry, originally titled "A Week In New York City On $25/Hour," from a 21-year-old marketing intern started trending on Twitter after people read that her parents cover her phone bill, entertainment, health insurance, and $2,100 rent. Plus she gets a total monthly allowance of $1,100, $800 from her parents and $300 from her grandfather.
Readers broke down the entry and concluded that the only monthly expenses the diarist is actually responsible for are a MoviePass, Brazilian sugaring wax, and gym membership.
They felt that that the headline without mention of her financial assistance was misleading...
...So they suggested alternatives, like "A Week In New York City On $25/Hour and Generational Wealth," that would've been a more accurate representation of her lifestyle.
"How I live in New York City on 100k a year," one Twitter user recommended.
They also pointed out that according to Refinery29, the series is meant to show how "hard-earned" money is spent.
After all the backlash, the women's lifestyle site ~fixed~ the headline to better reflect the diarist's situation: "A Week In New York City On $25/Hour And $1k Monthly Allowance."
Twitter agreed it was more accurate, but still left out very pertinent details, like the $4,000 monthly expenses her parents are subsidizing...
...and the full amount of her allowance.
But headlines aside, most people were just impressed, and maybe a tad salty, about her sweet setup.
This person even shed an immigrant tear.
And @hammitt couldn't get over the $15 wine and $23 goat cheese wrap.
One user was curious as to "how in touch" the diarist is with reality.
But the main takeaway was that we'd all love to be her siblings.
Also worth noting, she only spent $373.53 for the week so she seems to be financially responsible, especially considering her age and excess funds!
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