‘Budgeting’ blog by 21-year-old intern goes viral

The tough life of a $25-an-hour intern: 21-year-old’s ‘budgeting’ blog goes viral as she reveals her family pay her $1,100 allowance, Manhattan rent and college tuition – and there’s plenty left over for Hamptons trips and $23 avocado wraps

  • The marketing intern was writing in Refinery 29’s Money Diaries which asks millennials to note ‘how they spend their hard-earned money’
  • The unnamed 21-year-old gets paid $25 an hour at her internship, which is heavily supplemented by her parents
  • Her family gives her $1,100 in allowance, pays her $2,100 rent, covered her college tuition, and even her phone bill
  • She also uses their Netflix, Spotify and Amazon accounts and is covered by their healthcare, leaving her with $4330 in almost entirely disposable income
  • She described a life of luxury; partying at her friends’ place in the Hamptons, working out at her $210 a month high end gym or tucking into a $23 wrap
  • When she’s not bored or ‘online shopping’ at her job, she would be making avocado toast or working out at hot yoga
  • On another day, she states she ‘spent most of my day researching podcasts for ‘living your best life”
  • Despite her thousands of dollars of disposable income, she also wasn’t afraid to ask for free food during a dinner out with a friend 
  • Unsurprisingly, the criticism on Twitter came hard and fast
  • ‘I have never hated anyone like I hate the refinery29 money diary ‘all of my income is disposable income’ intern,’ one user wrote

A rich millennial’s blog about she survives in Manhattan on a $25 an hour intern’s salary has gone viral after she revealed her family paid her rent, college tuition, phone bill AND still give her $1,100 in allowance.

While many interns struggle to make ends meet, especially in an expensive city like New York, this 21-year-old marketing intern described a life of luxury; partying at her friends’ place in the Hamptons, working out at her $210 a month high end gym or tucking into a $23 goat cheese wrap.

When she’s not bored or ‘online shopping’ at her job, she is checking off millennial cliches with avocado toast and hot yoga.

A rich millennial’s blog about she survives in Manhattan on a $25 an hour intern’s salary has gone viral after she revealed her family paid her rent, college tuition, phone bill AND still give her $1,100 in allowance (stock image)

In one diary entry, she wrote that she had ‘seriously contemplate(d) going around my office asking for work’ because she was ‘beyond bored.’

Instead, she choose to focus her productivity on snacking on olives and watching the England v. Croatia World Cup game in her office’s conference room.


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On another day, she states she ‘spent most of my day researching podcasts for ‘living your best life.”

Refinery 29’s Money Diaries asks millennials to note ‘how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period’.

But spending your parents and grandparents’ money appears to be far more fun.

‘#Blessed,’ as she put it.

MANHATTAN LIVING ON AN ‘INTERN’ BUDGET 

INCOME 

Weekly income from internship: $747.50

Weekly income from babysitting: $50-$60

Monthly allowance from parents: $800

Monthly allowance from grandfather: $300 

MONTHLY TOTAL:  $4330

EXPENSES 

Rent: $0 (paid for by parents)

Student loan: $0 (tuition paid for by parents)

Health insurance: $0 (covered by parents’ plan)

Phone bill: $0 (uses parents’ plan)

Netflix, Spotify and Amazon: $0 (uses parents’ accounts) 

Monthly Sugared + Bronzed Pass: $40.76 

Monthly Equinox Membership: $210

Monthly MoviePass: $9.95 

Weekly food and drink: $266.23 (more than $1,000 a month)

Weekly spend on clothes and beauty: $45.95

Weekly transport (mainly Lyft and Uber): $61.35

MONTHLY EXPENSES:  $1754.83

The Money Diarist writer, who has not been named, revealed she barely has any essential outgoings to pay for; her parents pay her $2,100 rent for a West Village apartment building which comes with its own in-house cobbler. 

She writes that the one bedroom apartment costs $4,050 a month but she splits it with a roommate who lives in the den.

Her parents also pay her tuition and phone bill, while she is covered under their health plan, and she even uses their Netflix, Spotify and Amazon accounts.

Selflessly, she does stump up the $9.95 for a monthly MoviePass out of her own pocket.

Instead, she’s free to splurge more than a $1,000 a month on food and drink, pays $40.76 for her monthly wax and chooses to get ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, explaining: ‘I haven’t considered getting the unlimited (subway) pass because I don’t use the subway that much over the weekend.’ 

Occasionally though, misfortune can affect even the most privileged of us. In one harrowing entry, she detailed how her friend’s father had offered to take them out on his private yacht.

She decided to go tubing first while some of her other friends went straight onto the boat. 

‘All the rosé is gone by the time we raft up,’ she complained.

Thankfully, her ‘friend’s chef’ was on hand later that evening to prepare them dinner.

Other interesting revelations was how often she and her friends would Venmo each other, for the most insignificant things, such as $5 for having a few drinks from someone’s Bacardi.

Despite her thousands of dollars of disposable income, she also wasn’t afraid to ask for free food during a dinner out with a friend. 

‘I suggest to the waiter that he brings us some wine on the house, and he does,’ she wrote, after a 45 minute wait for a table. ‘He also brings us a panna cotta dessert with our check.’

Unsurprisingly, the criticism on Twitter came hard and fast. 

‘YOU SHOULD NOT BE WRITING ABOUT MONEY, one tweet said, in all caps. 

‘I have never hated anyone like I hate the refinery29 money diary ‘all of my income is disposable income’ intern,’ another wrote.

Some joked it couldn’t possibly be real. 

‘This money diary was manufactured in a factory specifically to trigger me as much as possible,’ one Twitter user wrote. 

Many were outraged a 21-year-old with no experience, who did such little work, earned more than them – even before her parents’ help.

‘I work 50 hours a week and freelance and her – weekly – internship pays almost as much as my BIWEEKLY paycheck. I am screaming at the sun. Time to log off 4ever,’ a Twitter user wrote.

Others were simply baffled.

‘What was in that wrap?!’ asked one about the $23 goats cheese and avocado wrap. 

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