I graduated in 2001 and worked at walmart during college for minimum wage. I was able to get by. I lived off of ramen noodles and rice but that was purely by choice so I could go out and drink on weekends. It wasn't nearly as difficult as people make it out to be. As for the whole providing for a family thing, don't have kids if you can't afford them. This is the biggest problem, we have people spitting out babies with no idea how they are going to provide for them. I have a coworkers with 4-5 kids and all of them complain nonstop about how much of a struggle it is to make bills. Its like I always told them they are struggling due to the decisions they made, instead of blaming others for thier mistakes start taking responsibility for your own actions. I find it hard to have pity on people who bring misfortune on themselves especially when due to a backwards tax code and government I have to pay for it.