I feel ya brother! The price of meat also went through the roof.
My Mom told me the other day, that the price of pork shoulders (could be beef shoulder meat) went from $0.98+ per pound to like $2.30+ per pound in
the markets. Or something like that. I could be wrong with the numbers but I know it's somewhere like a 100% increase in price on certain products.
So I was quite shocked at hearing that. I went on to ask her when this price jump happen, she told me that she's been seeing these fluctuations
steadily climbing in the markets since early 2010 all the way till now. So it could have been $1 or less per pound around 2010 and now it's like
$2.30+ per pound.
She laughed at me for being surprised at this then starts to nag about how little I shop and how little I help my wife with house chores... Well.. I
can't defend myself on this.. I'm a guy who really doesn't do much around the house, other than heavy liftin' duties.
In any case, this may be a bit off topic but I kind of think the real rant should be that why is the cost of living in Southern California so
Not sure where you live but here in SoCal, our current gasoline price as of 3/13/2012 is $4.351/gallon. This is average price, I have already seen
To fill a mere 15 gallon tank in most economy vehicles, it cost us $65.27 per tank.
The average cost of living in Southern California is 50% above National level. Housing in SoCal is .. 157% above National level.
To rent a single room, single bath, single parking #ty ass apartment here in Los Angeles county... You're looking at minimum $900 ~ $1,100/month.
MINIMUM!!!! You're also not to be expecting to live with high class, highly educated folks. You'll be living with immigrants, semi-criminals and
mostly just folks who can't speak English if their lives depends on it.
So I guess I'm kind of turning this into a little rant of my own.
Also, if you look at the California's minimum wage, $8/hour, then consider working 176 hours a month.. You make $1,408 ... before tax. If you're a
young adult, with no asset, no children, you're likely on the 22% ~ 25% tax bracket. If you take 22% off of your minimum wage monthly salary.. you're
netting about $1098 a month.
The conclusion is that you simply cannot survive in Southern California on minimum wage. You can't even afford a roof over your head, technically.
What's funny is that a lot of companies, I'm talking about small to mid size corporations here in SoCal, still have the audacity to hire white collars
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