Despite having a full-time job, Ebonie explained the financial pressure of her rent increase as well as a surge in bills and grocery prices means she has had to cut out basic necessities.
"I don't know how some people are doing it," she said in her TikTok. "I thought I would tell you some of the things I've had to give up."
'I've had to give up eating'
Ebonie said the cost-of-living crisis has forced her to cut back on food and she has lost weight as a result.
"None of my clothes fit me," she said, explaining fruit and snacks, such as a "cheeky Red Bull", are off limits due to their expense. The TikToker shared she is currently living off meat, rice and pasta, suggesting they are the most budget-friendly foods available in shops right now.
Retail therapy is out of reach
The second thing Ebonie has cut back on is clothing, saying she "can't even afford to look at a clothing store" as she tries to make ends meet at the moment. "I have to wear the outfits I already have on rotation and I don't even like them."
'Being a Swifty' comes at a cost
With Taylor Swift's upcoming 1989 album being released, Ebonie explains she will be unable to continue the tradition of buying her favourite albums on vinyl as the price is too high.
"[It] really is hurting my little vinyl collector heart... sell them for a dollar it's expensive here in Australia!"
The ultimate price
Lastly, Ebonie shared the cost-of-living crisis is impacting her mental health and summed up by flatly saying, "The fourth thing I've given up is being happy."
Cost of living crisis takes huge toll on Aussies
While Ebonie appeared to make light of her situation, some Aussies have genuinely been forced to give up meals, mental health support, insurance and even a roof over their head as they struggle to keep up with mounting bills.
Last week, dad-of-four Shane – whose name has been changed for privacy reasons – revealed the crisis had forced him and his wife to place their children in the care of South Australia. The couple have been living out of their car in North Adelaide for more than six months.
After struggling to keep up with the soaring cost of rent and groceries for his family of six, he was finally forced to give up his home.
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