Even when I made $27k per year when I was 21 I never lived paycheck to paycheck. PLUS with that salary I still contributed 8% to my retirement.
This is the blackhole we all face: LIVING OUT OF YOUR MEANS.
We live in a society of ‘flexing’ aka societal pressures to look your best, dress your best, drive the best. As if everything you buy is some how tied to your personal identity.