When salaried jobs aren't easy to come by and you don't want to rely on friends, family, a spouse or the State to subsidise you, there is an option which often gets overlooked; self-employment.
While there are negative aspects, such as the fact that if you can't work due to illness there's no sick pay - no work means no money - being freelance allows you the kind of flexibility that you can't usually get from doing a 9-5 job. Working for several different companies or organisations means you can very quickly build up your paid hours, which all helps towards a nice, healthy bank balance, and if you're willing to take on a bit of extra training the opportunities can potentially be endless.
You can actually accumulate quite an impressive workload in a relatively short period of time, especially if you're savvy enough to juggle things around to suit your needs. This means that you can easily save up enough cash to not only cover the bills but to be able to afford treats; my particular favourite is holidays. If you're prepared to work hard, it enables you to play even harder!