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Could you live off minimum wage???

If that was the primary income for supporting your family???

Federal minimum wage is $7.25, but it may very by state....


Asked by skittles1108 at 1:18 PM on Nov. 13, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • No. It wouldn't even come close to paying our mortgage, much less utilities, food, gas, etc. I don't know how anyone survives on that.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 1:25 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • We have "survived" barely on MW before. I definitely don't call it living. The U.S needs a Living Wage.

    Living Wage Calculator

    Universal Living Wage


    Answer by NightPhoenix at 1:26 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • public transit isnt even an option in my county.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 1:28 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • Yes...If I lived in a trailer, rode public transportation, ate out of a garden and didn't have to pay for daycare. I don't know how people do it.

    Answer by sunshine58103 at 1:22 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • no.

    1,343 a month

    Rent for a two bedroom appt. around here is around 850
    Daycare is around 120 a week!

    There went all the money! No food no utilities nothing else. Rent and daycare. lol

    2 adults at min 2,686

    still REnt 850
    daycare 170
    then 300 in food a month
    utilities just the basic elect, water and gas around 300 (if you are on sewer)
    car gas 120 ish
    phone 40
    Leave around 450 BUT we didn't take out any taxes/health insurance or account for any extras like doctors visits, car repairs. We didn't even factor in a car payment or bus pass, car insurance, internet or credit cards.


    Answer by But_Mommie at 1:27 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • Seriously Night?! I looked up your living wage calculator...I live in Northampton County, PA.

    Hourly Wages 1 Adult 1 Adult 1 Child 2 Adults 2 Adults 1 Child 2 Adults 2Children
    Living Wage $9.05 $17.36 $13.85 $22.16 $28.83

    Do you REALLY expect an employer to be able to provide such a "living wage?" Just look at all of the high school and college aged student who were unable to get part time or seasonal jobs when the minimum wage went up to $7.25 cents--let alone $2 to $21 per hour!

    And WHY would an employer hire UNSKILLED labor at rates equivalent to or in excess of SKILLED labor?! What would that do to the salaries of professionals?! Why would anyone WANT to educate themselves past high school?! Where is the motivation to work your way up? Oh, that's right, socialists don't WANT to work that hard!

    Minimum wage was NEVER INTENDED to be head of household wage!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:26 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • yep I could.. we are a strong family and can make do with anything we are handed.

    Answer by MamaJasmine at 1:44 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • At the point we are right now no. We could get to that point my downsizing, selling vehicles and changing our needs. We could make it work if we wanted to.

    Answer by Melbornj at 1:53 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • If we didn't have daycare, sure, we could make it. both of our vehicles are paid off, so if we cut back on our bills -- cut out cable, internet, minimized the phone, it's definitely possible. We already got rid of our cell phones (just use pre-paid ones now) and for a long time, we didn't have cable or internet so I've been there, done that!!

    Answer by MommaofH2 at 1:55 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • There would be many changes, but yes it is possible.

    Answer by arenad at 1:57 PM on Nov. 13, 2010