a small amount of money
pittance - small
If you say that the money you received was only a ‘pittance’, then you are saying that it was a very small amount, and certainly, less than you feel you need and deserve. Can be used for effect.
The restaurant only pay me a pittance. I make most of my money from tips.
You’re earning fifty thousand a year, so stop complaining. It’s hardly a pittance, is it?
The market was saturated, so in the end we had to sell our crops for a pittance.