I live on ~1k/month.
I live on ~1k/month.
You can get a crappy 1 bedroom apartment in Texas for about 300-400. So you ride your bike to work, buy ramen, and keep the non-necessities low. Meaning 160 hours a month x $7 / hour = ~$1,120.
Buy your clothes at good will, go to garage sales, etc.
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Last edited by Zyphlin; 12-18-12 at 08:21 AM.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
I'd say one could survive on minimum wage - barely. Taking into consideration if a person had no children, pets or anyone else they had to care for. And if perhaps, a person had a person who was independent and could split expenses... then maybe. Highly doubtful.
I make more than minimum wage and I'm barely 'living', and I work hella hours. I can't imagine a person having to live off of a lot less.
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice....shame on me.
Minimum wage is mot meant to give you a great life style. It is meant to give you a minimum life style. If you want a better life, get a better skill or education and then get a better job.
With government programs maybe, paying market value you couldn't even rent a room in my city working 40 hours a week..... If you can't even afford to share an apartment within legal occupancy limits of the fire code it is pretty hard to make the argument you could live unless the homeless shelter is what you mean.
And the real problem is people don't get 40 hours on minimum wage, a job will ususally keep them part time so they have to get multiple jobs with no benefits of being full time.
just one more great reason to take another long look at our employer-specific health insurance delivery model, IMO.
Last edited by Harry Guerrilla; 12-18-12 at 09:54 AM.
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That map is skewed because it references pricing for a 2-bedroom apartment and uses "market rent" which is almost always higher than the actual amount one pays (it's how apartments trick you into thinking you're getting a deal).
Here's a nice complex near my office:
Dana Point Apartments in Dallas, TX | Apartments.com
If I'm single with part-time income from two jobs totaling 40 hours a week, I have no need for anything larger than the 1-bedroom unit.
So here's the total:
$468/month for rent
$45/month for a no-contract cell phone
$40/month for internet (no cable..but why? I can watch TV online for free!)
$90/month for electricity
$150/month for food and toiletries
Now...I could walk to work from that apartment if I were working at many of the local fast food places (about the only places that pay minimum wage), but let's assume I have to take public transit to work. The monthly pass is $80 and gives me access to both the bus and the rail system that covers most of the metroplex.
So that takes me to $873 a month. We'll add another $20 for water/trash and we're at $893.
So minimum wage is $7.25 in Texas. At 40 hours a week, that would come to $290.00/week, or $1256.67 a month [($290 *52)/12]. Or about $1,005.34 a month after taxes.
I'd be left with $112.34 a month to spend on other needs.
Starbucks (about 3 blocks from the apartment) starts you off at around $8.59. If I do that 40 hours a week, I'm at $343.60/week, or $1,488.93 a month ($1,191.15 after taxes). That leaves me with $298.15 a month for other needs.
Wal-Mart starts you off at around $8.50.
Target starts overnight stockers at around $9.50.
The average Olive Garden waitstaff makes between $18k and $23k a year, depending on whether they're part time or full-time.
So yeah...I could survive here on minimum wage, and most of the local stores and restaurants will actually net you more.
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My own living situation is fairly low cost: Rent $300/month (single-wide mobile home on 1/3 acre of land), utilities (electric, water and cable/internet) $200/month, transportation (1995 Ford explorer, bought for $1000 seven years ago) about $200/month (gas/insurance/maintanence) and that cost is shared by myself and my girlfriend. We are not rich but live comfortably as long as one of us is working full time, she works 40 hours per week and I about 30 hours per week, scheduling work hours to share a vehicle is tricky sometimes but we get by OK.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman