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‘Friends’ Fans Are Still Curious About the State of Monica Geller’s Finances

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In general, exhibitions located in New York City have one problem. Finance rarely makes sense. Living a beautiful life in New York City will bring a lot of money. Oftentimes, TV writers rely on tired ropes to explain how the characters of any show can enjoy Manhattan with almost no money. Fans of Friends, however, have noticed a different kind of financial plot hole. Monica Geller often lamented that she didn’t have “money,” but with a rent-controlled apartment, she should have no problem saving a ton of money.

What did Monica and Rachel pay for rent?

The Monica and Rachel Green West Village apartment is not something they could technically afford, even in the 1990s, and even with both of them working. To explain how they got hold of such a wide cap, the writers had said Monica had control over the rent of the apartment in which they lived. The management thought Monica’s grandmother lived in the unit.

Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing and Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay | Paul Drinkwater / NBCU / NBCUniversal Photo Bank via Getty Images

Monica finally said the rent on the unit was just $ 200 per month. The bargain base prices on her apartment suggested that she and, even Rachel, should have enough money to survive. After all, the maximum cost would traditionally be just $ 100 per month.

How much money would Monica earn as a chef?

When Friends opening, Monica was a sous chef working in one of Manhattan’s upscale restaurants. While dealing with a couple of career problems, she eventually worked as a chef and food critic. according to of course, the average sous chef today can expect to earn about $ 184 per day. Even if Monica made a quarter of that figure in the 1990s, it would only take a little over two days of work to earn rent money.

Rachel Green and Monica Geller sit at their kitchen table in 'Friends'
Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green and Courteney Cox as Monica Geller in ‘Friends’ | Alice S. Hall / NBCU / NBCUniversal Photo Bank via Getty Images

After working at a themed dinner, Monica got better jobs, until she started working as a head chef. It would seem that Monica would have earned far less than $ 100,000 a year. With her sweet rental situation, she should have been able to lead a carefree lifestyle, however.

Monica, who was never organized, seemed horrified with her money

Fans wouldn’t have questioned Monica’s financial situation if she hadn’t reported being broken more than once during the show’s 10-season run. The first sign that Monica was not financially stable came in the second season of the show. She revealed that she did not have a financial safety net. After being fired from her job for accepting a kickback, Monica told Ross that it was possible “she can’t rent.”

Marcel, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing and Courteney Cox as Monica Geller in Monica and Rachel's apartment
Marcel, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing and Courteney Cox as Monica Geller | NBCU / NBCUniversal Photo Bank via Getty Images

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With no savings on her name, she initially planned to ask her parent for money. Ross eventually lent her money. It was never explained why someone would have no savings so organized and tidy. One Reddit user suggesting, perhaps, that Monica had a substance misuse problem that was never mentioned on display.