Most people I knew who got it spent it on ****/clothes. Very few used it for the intended purpose. Had I gotten it I would have used it on driving lessons, but oh well.
i spend it on allsorts. I got £20 last yr and used it to pay for anything i needed like some new clothes etc. Can i just point out my parents didn't give me any money. This year i get 10 quid and use it for bus fares to and from work.
I think EMA is meant to be an incentive to get us up in the morning and attending school, and maybe level the playing field for the poorer among us.
The aim obviously wasn't for us to spend all our EMA on furthering our educations, because it's obvious that most people just spend it on other things.
I bought a laptop with my EMA, which I use for schoolwork and gaming. Saved almost all the rest.
Lunches and college supplies come first and any remaining money gets added to my wages for going out, clothes, books, music that kind of thing.