Ralph should of been able to buy a house with the amount he was making on youtube, easy.He was making a ton of money from youtube while living rent free at the crack shack. He could've easily saved up that much. Youtube pays out your monthly earnings one month after the end of pay period, I believe. For example, January's earnings get paid out at the end of February or beginning of March. If you get banned before the payout date they refund it all. No way he ever saw a cent of that healstream money.
He once accidentally showed his donation panel on youtube around 7-10 days in the month and was already near 10k. Sure this was his last couple of months however he was making easily 2-10k a month after the Baked Alaska episode converted his viewers to Ralph overnight. There is no excuse he has for not having a big ol nest egg, 50k is a pittance of what he had and he knows damn wells he blew most of it on Makers Mark, Pills, whatever other drugs he does and probably a ton of stupid shit like ordering take out most nights rather than cooking. You can blow a lot of money ordering food every night and considering Ralph never paid rent at the least he might've been ordering Sandra food nightly.The "healstream" was a charity stream, meaning that none of the donations were going to go to the content creator and go instead directly to the charity. Even if the money had not been refunded, Ralph would not have gotten a single dime from the 27k donated that day.
Ralph was making a lot of money during his last couple of months on YouTube. He admitted when he was banned that YouTube still "owed him" 16k for the last month, he bitched about it for a while but I remember he eventually said that YouTube did pay him the last of the donations.
He was at least smart enough back then to know that if he bragged about how much he was making, people would not donate as much. That only started when his numbers started to decline.
The 50k was what he managed to save during his time on YT, which when put into perspective is insane, since he admitted he made somewhere between 100-150k total, so what the fuck did he do with the rest of the money? He did not help his mom when she lost the house even though he lived in it, and he does not have a lot of expenses, other than buying his car, did he just drink the money away?