I can say as someone that lives in a shitty rural town literred with burned out houses and literal shacks that amount of money is chump change if you're not living in mommy's basement or literally in a cheap car. Not that the latter is familiar to most.
Food prices; utilities like phone service, gas for winter and especially electricity during summer; entertainment which is pretty much your internet and living in the sticks you aren't going to have good options and they aren't going to be cheap, that shit easily adds up to what he makes and more often.
And that's assuming no emergency bills whatsoever like car repairs, if you have to go the hospital especially when uninsured, funerals, the list goes on.
Really I'm disappointed that measly amount of money is something to complain about here.
If anything it'd be better to bitch than the sheer quality drop with the usual stalling of plot like most webcomics.