# Roommate that gets allowance

Evo
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edward said:
The trend for young people to move back in with their parents is a recent development. They are called the "Boomerang Generation" and as TE mentioned, there are millions of them.
Great article Edward. Times are defintiely changing. Kids aren't gettting maried as young. More are going for higher educations, and the cost of living really has gotten out of control. If the parent can afford it and is willing, I do not see anything wrong in helping. I don't see a cutoff off at age 18. The Evo child does more for me than I could dare to ask her. If I can help her make ends meet, I'm more than happy too. Why should she suffer if she is going to school full time and working full time, PLUS running errands for me?

My parents used to send me and my husband "care packages" when he was in th navy during the Vietnam War. Our monthly food allowance was $40. If it hadn't been for my parents, I'd have probably starved to death, my husband could eat on base, I couldn't. Luckily I had a HUGE garden and grew a lot of my on food. Last edited by a moderator: Evo said: Great article Edward. Times are defintiely changing. Kids aren't gettting maried as young. More are going for higher educations, and the cost of living really has gotten out of control. If the parent can afford it and is willing, I do not see anything wrong in helping. I don't see a cutoff off at age 18. The Evo child does more for me than I could dare to ask her. If I can help her make ends meet, I'm more than happy too. Why should she suffer if she is going to school full time and working full time, PLUS running errands for me? My parents used to send me and my husband "care packages" when he was in th navy during the Vietnam War. Our monthly food allowance was$40. If it hadn't been for my parents, I'd have probably starved to death, my husband could eat on base, I couldn't. Luckily I had a HUGE garden and grew a lot of my on food.

Is 40 dollars alot back in those days?

Well, can anyone tell me this: How can a 24 year old survive with an allowence of 70 dollars per week? Is the parent a little bit cheap? come on....

Math Is Hard said:
I got an allowance until I was 15. The bulk of it was allocated for lunch money at my high school cafeteria. When I turned 16, I got a job.

Same here.

turbo
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I never got an allowance. Had a paper route at 12, worked for the local sexton at age 14 as part of a crew, was the only person working for the sexton at 15 and 16, so was almost full-time all summer, and worked weekends in the spring and fall. Worked as a flagger all summer at age 17 and greased the construction vehicles on my lunch hour for extra money. All through college, I worked summers in the local mills and played in bands on weekends for extra cash. My parents helped me if I couldn't cover all of my tuition, books, etc, but by the time I started buyng and selling guitars and amps as a side-line, I could pretty much hold my own. My parents grew up poor and worked their way to a comfortable (though by no means lavish) living standard. I'm glad that they didn't just hand me money.

After I had had my paper route for about a year, I had a little over $40 saved up, so my father drove me 25 miles to the nearest big town so I could buy a bicycle (and expand my paper route). I had just enough to buy the bike that I wanted, but couldn't cover the sales tax. He just shrugged and drove me back home. A couple of weeks later, I had earned enough money to cover the sales tax, too, so he drove me back to buy the bike. That may seem silly to some people, but it was a valuable lesson in self-reliance. Last edited: russ_watters Mentor JasonRox said: First, it's not as easy anymore. Job openings aren't sitting everywhere. That 'it's tougher than it used to be' crap is just that: crap. Have you looked at the unemployment rate lately? Yeah, job openings are "sitting everywhere". kant said: Well, can anyone tell me this: How can a 24 year old survive with an allowence of 70 dollars per week? Is the parent a little bit cheap? come on.... First answer this: should a 24 year old be supported completely by their parents? I don't know the circumstances there, but 24 is over college age, so unless there is something unusual going on there, I don't see any reason why this person should be getting any allowance. In fact, once a "kid" has reached working age, they should be paying rent as pressure to become self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency is a pretty critical life-goal/skill and it is something people don't seem to care about anymore. Our culture has become one of entitlement (yeah, it's the hippies' fault again) and if we aren't careful we're going to become a self-sustaining mediocracy (c). JasonRox Homework Helper Gold Member russ_watters said: That 'it's tougher than it used to be' crap is just that: crap. Have you looked at the unemployment rate lately? Yeah, job openings are "sitting everywhere". First answer this: should a 24 year old be supported completely by their parents? I don't know the circumstances there, but 24 is over college age, so unless there is something unusual going on there, I don't see any reason why this person should be getting any allowance. In fact, once a "kid" has reached working age, they should be paying rent as pressure to become self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency is a pretty critical life-goal/skill and it is something people don't seem to care about anymore. Our culture has become one of entitlement (yeah, it's the hippies' fault again) and if we aren't careful we're going to become a self-sustaining mediocracy (c). I don't call jobs that pay$20,000 big job openings, like I said. I wouldn't call those jobs. They are dead end. Jobs you had before actually had a route you can take. All you have now is like... manager of a small little place for $22,000.$2000 was your fat raise.

I don't pay rent and I think I'm self-sufficient. For the small amount of debt that I owe after years of paying for school, it's a clear indication that I know what to do with money.

Note: I pay for my education.

Note: In my area, unemployment isn't high. There are no jobs around here. The best a student can get is minimum wage. Full-time at that wage will make about $13,000CDN. You can't live off that! Not to mention pay for school too! Last edited: My parents buy me a bus pass every month ($12), that is about as close to an allowance that I get

Evo
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kant said:
Is 40 dollars alot back in those days?
I could buy cheap pork shoulder steaks for 79 cents a pound then, they go for around $2.79 a pound now. I learned how to make 12 varieties of hot dog casserole. With the occasional mastodon the village hunters brought in, and my parent's care packages, I managed Astronuc Staff Emeritus Science Advisor Our culture has become one of entitlement (yeah, it's the hippies' fault again) and if we aren't careful we're going to become a self-sustaining mediocracy (c). Hippies are self-sufficient. Silicon Valley is full of hippy entrepreneurs. There are plenty of Republicans/conservatives who thrive on government 'grants' and subsidies - welfare for the rich. And there are plenty of bureaucrats (both democrat and republican) who get paid for administering ineffective programs. russ_watters Mentor JasonRox said: I don't call jobs that pay$20,000 big job openings, like I said. I wouldn't call those jobs. They are dead end. Jobs you had before actually had a route you can take. All you have now is like... manager of a small little place for $22,000.$2000 was your fat raise.
I don't know what you studied in college, but if you don't like the available choices, you should have studied something else. Heck, regardless of what you studied, there are things you can do that will in just a few months land you a much, much better job than that. After several years of wallowing in self-pity at the uselessness of his "liberal studies" degree, a buddy of mine went and got himself a paralegal certificate. It took something like 3 months and he immediately found a job paying $40k (and has gotten raises relatively quickly since then). I don't pay rent and I think I'm self-sufficient. Sorry, but that's self-contradictory. The definition of self-sufficient is that you provide for your own needs. If you rely on someone else to provide you with a place to live, then you are not self-sufficient. For the small amount of debt that I owe after years of paying for school, it's a clear indication that I know what to do with money. Nice to know, but being responsible and being self-sufficient are not the same thing. I really don't understand the mentality there. When I got out of the navy at 26 and needed to live at home for a few months while I looked for a job, I was really antsy. I hated the fact that I needed my parents. I felt like a loser. I have a friend who is 32 and still lives with his parents and though he doesn't like it, he doesn't hate it enough to make a serious effort at change in his life. His mother loves it, though - she treats him pretty much the same as the family dog (and always has). Last edited: russ_watters Mentor Astronuc said: Hippies are self-sufficient. Silicon Valley is full of hippy entrepreneurs. Both of those sentences are contradictions in terms. Long hair or not, Steve Jobs is not a hippie. Maybe the distinction is subtle, but the difference between a hippie and an offbeat visionary is that the the hippie's visions are pot-induced incoherent ramblings while the visionary's are acutally good ideas and actually work. That, plus the entrepreneur has the motivation do things, while the hippie just sits around a campfire smoking pot and talking about doing things (things that make no sense). There are plenty of Republicans/conservatives who thrive on government 'grants' and subsidies - welfare for the rich. And there are plenty of bureaucrats (both democrat and republican) who get paid for administering ineffective programs. Certainly. They're wrong too, but this thread isn't about corporate welfare, it's about slacker hippies. Last edited: I'm 21, living on my own, going to school full time, and pay all of my own bills including 1050$ a month in rent. I do struggle especially during the winter, but I still work atleast 30 hours a week between the physics labs and roofing. However, the only reason that I can manage this is because I spent 5 years as a roofer, 2 of those years as the foreman, and the company has allowed me to continue working part-time on weekends making more money than I will having graduated college and finding an entry-level job. I have no idea how other people manage to get by making10-15$an hour. I'd need my parents help if I did not spend my weekends roofing. On a side note, since I'm working really hard and doing everything on my own, I think it has made me a more motivated student and a better person. This leads me to consider whether or not to pay for my kids tuition when I have children. JasonRox Homework Helper Gold Member russ_watters said: I don't know what you studied in college, but if you don't like the available choices, you should have studied something else. Heck, regardless of what you studied, there are things you can do that will in just a few months land you a much, much better job than that. I'm not done school. Anyways, things have changed. Around here you literally can not find a job, nevermind one that pays more than minimum wage! I don't plan on living at home forever. I have plans to move out by April of 2006. I'll be 23, so it isn't that bad in my opinion. Considering my sister is 25, making 50k, and living at home! Last edited: russ_watters Mentor Well, I'm not really sure how this conversation got to be about you, specifically - I was pretty specific in saying that it is people who are out of school who should be self-sufficient (in a reasonable amount of time after leaving school). Moonbear Staff Emeritus Science Advisor Gold Member JasonRox said: Around here you literally can not find a job, nevermind one that pays more than minimum wage! Then people need to move to where the jobs are. That's what the people I went to school with did...when we couldn't find jobs that would cover high prices of rent or homes in the town we grew up in, we moved. Some just moved to different parts of the state, others moved across the country. And, no things aren't that different. My sister started out with a$20,000/yr job out of college...I actually think it was a bit less than that...she was a social worker and that just doesn't pay well...the cost of living hasn't changed much since she was starting out. So, she got a second job as a lifeguard at a hotel to help pay the rent, lived in a cheap one-bedroom apartment, and managed to make ends meet. Or, you get a roommate to share the costs of an apartment until you earn enough to afford one on your own.

I'd have hated having to depend on my parents once I graduated college. It was bad enough having to live back home for summers while in college. There's a point where the kids are supposed to move out and be on their own, and make their own mistakes, and deal with their own problems, even if it means eating Ramen noodles for weeks at a time. Besides, it's kind of fun to think back to the first apartment or two when end tables were made out of a sheet thrown over cardboard boxes and you learned to cook meals with one saucepan and one frying pan you picked up at a garage sale somewhere.

Beeza said:
On a side note, since I'm working really hard and doing everything on my own, I think it has made me a more motivated student and a better person. This leads me to consider whether or not to pay for my kids tuition when I have children.
Yes, I agree that it's good to have to work for what you get in life. I would expect my kids to work to pay at least part of their tuition. I wouldn't take it to the point where it would jeopardize their ability to go to college if they couldn't pay all of it, or if it would put their grades at risk if they had to work too many hours during the school year, but just learning to juggle work and school is a darned good life skill. Then again, they'll have free tuition wherever I'm working, but I think kids need to leave home when they go to college so they learn to fend for themselves, so I would never push them to attend where I'm working.