I would just like to say sarcasm does not survive in the internet. I was. making fun of all the posters who are so flabbergasted at families surviving off of $12 an hour and not taking into account location and all that.
Here it is very possible to survive on $9 an hour and not need any type of assistance (this was before medical was required. I have no idea what that type of insurance costs around here) and be able to have some wants in life.
Cost of living has not changed around here much since I was teen since that was 5-6 years ago and my mom survived on 8.40 an hour with 3 teens. (I did have a job from the time I turned 13 so I bought my own clothes )