It's not the point of how hard the job is or how lucky you (don't realize you) are to have a better job than fast food.
The point is that if you spend a majority of your life working at ANY job, no matter how dumb, you should be able to live on it.
Let's do some math.
Let's say 9 dollars an hour at 40 dollars a week at 4 weeks per month. That's (9*40*4) = 1440.
Now I suppose you need somewhere to live. As you've found a decently cheap place, your rent is only $400.
(1440-400 = 1040).
Of course, this cheap place to live isn't right next door to where you work, it's a couple of miles away. Not far, but a couple of miles. You spend
$20 a week in gas in your car to get there.
(1040 - 80 = 960)
Oh crap, you have a car. Let's assume that you drive some junker that you paid cash for. Your car is paid off and your record is more or less clean,
and you only pay liability insurance on that car. It's only $50/month.
(960 - 50 = 910)
You're an excellent grocery shopper. By living on a combination of rice, beans, and chicken, your at-home groceries amount to only $30/week.
Unfortunately you have to eat while you're away from home, mainly at work, and that runs you about $5/day for a bottle of water and a small amount of
food. $100/month for away food, and $120 for home food. (We're assuming here that you're absolutely starving yourself on the weekends. Let's not
worry about that right now)
(910 - 220 = 690)
I assume you realized early on you couldn't afford to have cable TV or anything like that, right? So you opted for Internet and Netflix. Not
horrible. $50/month for decent internet and $8/month for Netflix.
(690 - 58 = 632)
#. Obamacare. Health Insurance. Well it's okay, we don't make much and we live in a liberal state. More or less adequate health insurance is only
running us $50/month because of our low income.
(632 - 50 = 582)
Do you have a phone? Maybe you're smart and you bought a phone outright and have one of those awesome 50-60 a month plans.... I don't... I pay AT&T
around $100 a month for my phone + plan. It is what it is, once you agree to it you're stuck for years.
(582-100 = 482)
Uh oh, there's that Utility bill again. How do we forget that every month? And of course, now that spring is over, it's just as bad as winter.
Instead of running that heat, we're running that A/C. That's an easy $100 down the drain.
(482-100 = 382)
So....Is your car gonna last forever? Maybe we should budget $50/month for that...Even though that only amounts to $600 a year. Are you gonna need
any clothes this year? Better budget $25 a month for clothes, even though in this day and age that means buying one on-sale item a month. Planning
on moving? Like coffee? Do you have ANY social life whatsoever?
Have even ONE indulgence, even if it's drinking a couple of beers on a weekend??
Yeah you know what, # those uneducated assholes. If they wanted to not hate life, they should have done things more like YOU, right?
It drives me insane that people can't see that other people are human beings too. Even POOR people have emotions as complex as yours....
(If you feel like there was plenty of money left in my calculations.... Remember that I didin't subtract one penny for tax, SS, unemployment, any
edit on 3-7-2015 by TheBlackTiger because: (no reason given)