To Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck, Turn to TikTok

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Some brave souls are trying a novel strategy to tackle the age-old struggle to stop living paycheck to paycheck: itemizing their spending for all to see on TikTok.

In short videos, people begin by revealing their take-home pay, and in under 60 seconds whittle it down to near zero by enumerating the bills for food, rent, credit cards, utilities, saving and streaming. Described as “payday routines,” they go into minute detail on spending on groceries, dining out, drinks, car payments and travel. The hashtag #paydayroutine has 52.9 million views to date.

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