Millennials Are Blamed For Being Poor Because They Love Avocado Too Much

Generation Y is being told to stop eating avocados and start a business in order to save up for a housing deposit. And no, we're not joking.

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Us millennials get it in the neck for pretty much everything these days.

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I mean, I could go on but I'm a lazy millennial right, so why would I bother?


But, now we're being told that we need to stop moaning about housing affordability because we wouldn't be so penniless if we stopped eating so much smushed up avocado on toast.

Right, so eating some smushed up fruit on a piece of bread is the reason why I'll be renting for the rest of my life?

Who knew?

#brunch #avocado

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According to a newspaper column written by KPMG partner Bernard Salt in The Australian, Generation Y – otherwise assumed here to be synonymous with ragamuffins, hipsters, entitled whippersnappers – should spend less on posh brunches and instead use the money to save for a house deposit.

Salt wrote: 'I have seen young people order smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread at $22 (£14) a pop and more. I can afford to eat this for lunch because I am middle aged and have raised my family. But how can young people afford to eat like this? Shouldn't they be economising by eating at home? How often are they eating out? Twenty-two dollars several times a week could go towards a deposit on a house.'

Excuse me Mr Salt, but if I had enough money to be spending £14 every time I felt peckish I'd be a very rich woman, regardless of whether I was saving for a housing deposit or not. I don't know what kind of twentysomethings you know, but the majority are living on soup and Rivita Thins the last week before pay day.

Also, if I've supposedly got enough money to spend on smashed avocados several times a week that it's becoming a factor in saving for a housing deposit, saving isn't my biggest issue. I think I'd need to attend AA (avocado anonymous meetings) with such an addiction to avocados.

But it's not just Mr Salt blaming us for being penniless.


On Monday, Industrial relations expert Grace Collier said on ABC that the solution to unemployment is for young people to start their own business.

'There's one person in this world that can guarantee a happy future for you and that person stares at you in the mirror every morning.

'Work out what you're good at and try to make a career out of it. Don't worry about the government and whether they'll make it easy for you to have a job, just worry about yourself,' she explained.


First of all, no one is expecting to get a job a the click of a finger.

Secondly, there's no point in creating a business if no one else in society has the money to spend on your business.

Thirdly, creating a business in this economic climate is a scary choice for most people who can't afford the risk, given that 90 per cent of startups fail.

Starting a business and forbidding ourselves from eating avocados isn't going to help us save us for a deposit. (If only it could.)

Look, baby boomers. You can have a go at our taste in music, our penchant for dating apps and our addiction to the butterfly filter on Snapchat but don't start on our love for avocados on toast, alright?

Let us eat in peace.

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