A woman has been slammed after admitting she borrows money from her parents every month despite living at home and earning a salary of £40,000.
Sian Teasdale, 30, left London 18 months ago to move in with her parents in Bournemouth to save for a house deposit.
But speaking to magazine Grazia for a piece titled ‘I earn 40k and live at home, but I still need my parents to bail me out each month’, Sian admitted that she has no savings and regularly sponges off her mum and dad.
Readers have been left baffled by the piece, taking to Twitter to complain that the article is "insulting."
Speaking out about the furore, Miss Teasdale said she had been left feeling "uncomfortable" by the backlash.
The 30-year-old, who works as an accountant director at a digital marketing agency, revealed that her parents give her between £100 to £500 a month, despite earning up to £40,000 a year, depending on commission.
Talking about borrowing £300 from her parents to pay her MOT bill, she said: "With no credit card and already into my overdraft, I had no choice but to turn to my parents yet again for a handout.
‘I knew Dad would agree – he’s always reassured me that if I need help, he and Mum are there for me.
"But that doesn’t make it any less demoralising to be 30, earning what many people would think is a decent salary, and still being bailed out.
She reveals that she’s had to ask for lunch money before and that she doesn’t have a credit card because she’s afraid of getting into debt.
Discussing the measures she has taken in order to up her monthly savings, Sian says: "I work in a very sociable industry and there’s an unspoken pressure to join in with Friday night drinks, and I do need to buy clothes for work.
"Apart from that, I don’t splash out on luxuries. I don’t have a gym membership, I do my own nails, I colour my own hair, and fancy holidays abroad are a pipe-dream.
"The odd mini-break with friends is as much as I can afford right now."
Although she only pays her parents a reduced rent to live in her childhood bedroom, Sian admits that she’s even asked for takeaway money before.
She said: "I know many people would look at that income and consider me well off, especially when the average UK salary is around £27,000.
"But the reality is that even earning that much, it can be hard nowadays to lead a normal, and in no way extravagant, 30-something lifestyle. It’s embarrassing, but not unusual.
"A few months ago, I needed their help paying the £100 excess on my phone insurance when it broke. I’ve even been known to ask for £20 just to afford to sit in with a friend and get a bottle of wine and a takeaway."
On Twitter, readers were left outraged by Miss Teasdale’s spending habits.
Louise said: "This is a facepalm of embarrassments. Loads of people live at home to save deposits, but THAT should be a full stop of parental support if she has £2000 take-home.
"Write down everything you spend in a month, take a long look at it and feel embarrassed. £20 to sit in? Gimmeabreak."
Wendy Gill added: "OMG how insulting to everyone who earns less money, spolit comes to mind."
Lucy Robinson posted: "Seriously, stop drinking and take public transport – there you go, problem solved. Welcome to normal adult life."
Peter Gill questioned Miss Teasdale’s parenting skills, posting: "Anyone earning 40K and still living at their parents is failing in many ways of managing their life.
"Perhaps her parents are to blame for failing to raise their daughter to live effectively in modern society."
Others questioned whether the magazine article was satirical, as they struggled to believe that it was real.
One tweeted: "This is parody right? I mean this can’t actually be a real story. I earn about half of what she does in a month and yet I somehow manage to pay my mortgage, feed my family, and still have money left over at the end of the month.
"Learn to budget. It’s not hard."
Tania Hinds agreed, and replied to the article on Twitter, stating: "I just find this completely insulting.
"I earn half of that and live and work in London. It’s called budgeting and having self control.
"It’s a pretty basic concept knowing not to spend outside of your means."
But whilst her income is much higher than the average UK salary of £27,271, Miss Teasdale insists that she doesn’t know how she could save more money.
She said: "My 20-year-old self assumed I’d have my own flat, savings in the bank and be able to look after myself.
"The reality is I’m not even close to being in that position.
"By the time I’ve paid rent, done some food shopping (I want to pay my way as much as I can), settled my phone bill and insured, taxed and put petrol in my car, there’s not a great deal left."
The account director admits that she feels like a "burden" to her dad, who works in hospitality, and her mother, who is a housewife.
But admits that she often doesn’t have any money left over at the end of the month and is not "even close" to saving enough for a deposit or moving out from her childhood home.
She said: "This isn’t about frivolous Millennials who don’t know how to budget; the cost of living is just so painfully high that sometimes even basic expenses are out of reach."
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