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originally posted by: lordcomac
$20 an hour is $160 for a proper 8 hour work day.
That's a work day where I have to start at 830 to get out at 5, because they require 30 minutes unpaid break.
So add 45 minutes commute each way, because that's what it is for me, and I'm leaving the house at 745, which means I'm getting up around 7am at the latest.
Then assuming things go well, I get home at 5:45.
So figure 15 minutes on the can and I'm 11 hours into my day. Assuming I sleep 8 hours, that gives me 5 hours to live my life... But I'm tired, and I need to make dinner. But I'm $160 richer!
Well, minus federal tax.
And state tax.
And Social Security.
I've got a line item on this pay stub I don't even recognize.
Make that two.
All told my $160 is now more like $100, now.
So figure I work 5 days a week like that, getting my 5 hours a day of life, giving me 25 hours to myself plus weekends... 52 weeks a year, and I've got 26k in cold hard cash!
But the average rent around here is 1100/mo, or 13,200 a year
The cost of keeping a vehicle on the road to commute (I'm too smart to make payments and do my own work most of the time) comes to about 150/mo +gas. (includes replacement vehicles over the years)
Gas comes to ~ 520 gallons a year at 2.70 a gallon- so $1404 + 150/mo is $3204 a year... if all I do is go to work.
Assuming I can keep my grocery bill to $200 a week (I can't) food is only $10,400 a year.
So that puts me at... hey look, nearly 27k!
And I didn't even go out for a few beers that year.
Yeah, I'm not getting out of bed for less than $20/hr either.
Although without it I don't even get to have the bed, or the roof to put it under- so what choice do I have?
No wonder people flock to welfare.
Good thing I've got a job to pay for their stuff.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: lordcomac
Not sure how you can't keep your grocery bill under $200. We feed three on around $130 to $150/week. We do end up eating out about twice in that bargain, but we don't have to; we choose to.