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    Re: Can you live on Minimum Wage

    Quote Originally Posted by RDS View Post
    Instead of complaining about minimum wages equip yourself with the skills and training to find some skilled job which pays higher than the minimum wage.
    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Assuming you are capable of aquiring said skills and training, how do you fit it in and pay for it while working 3 minimum wage jobs to get by?
    You can't. It's sink or swim.

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    Re: Can you live on Minimum Wage

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    You left out alot tess...toothepaste, toilet paper, cleaning supplies...washing your clothes at the laundramat getting a haircut...getting to and from work, buying shoes when you need them, buying clothes when you need them..what if the person needs eyeglass's there are som any things you have left out of LIVING...cant be done in most of the areas of the country...certainly not in the northeast...you cant rent a furnished room for that price in jersey or NY or conn
    $150 a month for food and toiletries is enough to provide me with what I need for the household.

    Laundry can be done using the $140 a month in extra money I have. $2/week x 4 weeks = $8. Detergent price included in the above.

    I spend less than $300 a year on clothes NOW. Clothes will last if you take care of them. And I can buy cheap clothes at Goodwill, Ross, and other stores within walking distance of the apartment I linked to.

    I can get an eye exam for $70 and glasses for $120....without insurance. So if I save up over the year, I can cover my once yearly exam.

    Dental cleanings can be done for free at local dental schools.

    I can get a $50 physical at a near by clinic, and a free woman's exam at same.

    I can go to CVS and get a free/discounted assessment if I develop many common ailments.

    I never said ANYTHING about the rest of the country, lastly. I specifically and intentionally focused on Texas. I could also probably speak on Indiana and Michigan, since I've lived there and am well versed on COL in both locations...but I wouldn't speak on the east or west coasts. I lived on both only briefly, as a very young child. What I CAN say, though, is that it's pretty dishonest to refer to those west coast states and cite the $7.25 fed minimum wage, when all of those states actually have a higher minimum wage.

    It's $8.00 in California.
    $8.80 in Oregon.
    $9.19 in Washington state.
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    Re: Can you live on Minimum Wage

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    Then if thats the way it should be, then everyone else needs to pay more to the govt to help them ones that cant. Whats the alternative ?
    Nope, the government should stay out of it. Everyone should reap what the sow.

    Can you point to a single government program that has ever been "properly" managed and has run with efficiency, costliness and without corruption, graft and bloat? If not, they why would you want the government to have even more control of peoples lives? I cannot come up with one, so since the government has show itself to be incapable of properly running anything, I don't want them in everything.
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    Re: Can you live on Minimum Wage

    Quote Originally Posted by Maenad View Post
    I'm from Kentucky. I could live on a flat rock. But I don't LIKE living on minimum wage. That is why I spent so much time and money going to school - so I wouldn't have to.
    That is what it boils down to really. Choices

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    Re: Can you live on Minimum Wage

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Which was really the reason you made this thread to begin with.

    Not really..but you can think that...Someone has to show just how bad and how many people have it in this country. Some people walk around with a broken gyroscope in their heads and all they see is utopia.

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    Re: Can you live on Minimum Wage

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    I think most here know the economic perils of raising minumum wage so I wont go into it.

    I guess faced with such an existance why would anyone chose NOT to better theirseves and earn higher ?
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    Re: Can you live on Minimum Wage

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    Then if thats the way it should be, then everyone else needs to pay more to the govt to help them ones that cant. Whats the alternative ?
    To require people to be responsible for themselves, to get an education when they have the opportunity, to work hard so they can have a well-paying job? We shouldn't feel sorry for adults who are stuck in low-paying jobs, we should look at them and say "what the hell is wrong with you?"
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    Re: Can you live on Minimum Wage

    People can also do more cooking on a larger scale, as in cooking one meal to last several days. We save a fortune. Plus, people can make their own laundry detergent. We're paying about 25 cents a gallon. Also, buying in bulk as in get a deep freezer, and build a pantry.

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    Re: Can you live on Minimum Wage

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    As I said later in this thread - I've done it working two jobs. Thing is, I'm smart enough not to live on either coast - so my COL isn't outrageous. It still isn't. I have a 2200 sq ft, 4 bed, 3 bath, double car garage for way less than your less than your $1232/mo stated above.
    Im not sure what you mean...you rent that house ? is that what your saying...If your paying less than 1232 for rent for that place..I have no idea where you live...aside from that..youre just talking rent...theres many other necessities that cant be avoided.
    Btw that house would be 4 grand minimum in jersey...the taxs on that place alone in jersey would 6 grand and up and up and up and up depending where it was.

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    Re: Can you live on Minimum Wage

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    Wrong. I got what I have by busting my ass and working hard. I don't get nor take handouts.
    We got our wires crossed somewhere TGND I didnt say you didnt work hard ?

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