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Old 10-23-2015, 12:28 PM
 
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Where can a single person live these days, make the local minimum wage while working no more than 40 hours per week, live in at least a 400 sq ft. 1 bedroom apartment, and still be able to save some money at the end of the month?
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Old 10-23-2015, 01:19 PM
 
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You could probably do that a lot of places with the caveat that you'd be getting section 8 and/or other welfare, and you don't want to live in a popular neighborhood.
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Old 10-23-2015, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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To my understanding minimal wage can not afford for someone to be independent. I recently tried to help my brother move and the math always required government assistance and only renting a room somewhere.
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:23 PM
 
Location: At my house in my state
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Most places in the Midwest and south

Cleveland, and Memphis are two examples.
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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No.
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:54 PM
 
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I don't think it should be. Minimum wage jobs should be for young people entering the workforce in low skill/experience jobs. If one hasn't found a way to increase their earning potential by the time they've ventured out of the nest and are ready to live without roommates, one should probably reevaluate their career path or plan on working multiple jobs to get by.
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Old 10-23-2015, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Syracuse, New York
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The outskirts of Spokane, Washington?

$9.47 an hour with no state income tax.
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Old 10-23-2015, 04:19 PM
 
Location: USA
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Minimum Wage used to be somewhat livable back in the day. Minimum Wage used to be adjusted so when the Cost of Living went up, the wage went up as well. In the 60's and 70's CEO's rewrote all the rules so they can keep the pie for themselves. Obviously over time these CEO and top executives get richer and richer while the sale associates (who got the CEO's rich in the first place) got poorer and poorer. You shouldn't work 40 hours a week and live in poverty. It's inhumane. I don't want to hear the BS about how these workers should further school and get a better education because this only works for one group of individuals. The American Dream can only be achieved by one class. Though, there are some poor people who end up getting rich. It is extremely rare. It isn't as easy as the time when I was growing up. You could get a job straight out of high school working in a factory or manufacturing plant making cars and machines with a livable wage. Since then greedy CEO's began to use technology to take out human workforce to increase the amount of exported goods and cheaper labor. Either that or they move these jobs overseas. In this day an age, you pretty much need a good education to make good money. For some people, they weren't as fortunate as others. They grew up poor, didn't get a good education, and end up staying poor throughout their lives because they cannot afford college or a higher education. Many workers make just enough money to get by and don't have the savings for college. For many lucky college students, their parents are the one paying for it so they can get a jumpstart on the American Dream.
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Old 10-23-2015, 05:01 PM
 
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Minimum Wage used to be somewhat livable back in the day. Minimum Wage used to be adjusted so when the Cost of Living went up, the wage went up as well. In the 60's and 70's CEO's rewrote all the rules so they can keep the pie for themselves. Obviously over time these CEO and top executives get richer and richer while the sale associates (who got the CEO's rich in the first place) got poorer and poorer. You shouldn't work 40 hours a week and live in poverty. It's inhumane. I don't want to hear the BS about how these workers should further school and get a better education because this only works for one group of individuals. The American Dream can only be achieved by one class. Though, there are some poor people who end up getting rich. It is extremely rare. It isn't as easy as the time when I was growing up. You could get a job straight out of high school working in a factory or manufacturing plant making cars and machines with a livable wage. Since then greedy CEO's began to use technology to take out human workforce to increase the amount of exported goods and cheaper labor. Either that or they move these jobs overseas. In this day an age, you pretty much need a good education to make good money. For some people, they weren't as fortunate as others. They grew up poor, didn't get a good education, and end up staying poor throughout their lives because they cannot afford college or a higher education. Many workers make just enough money to get by and don't have the savings for college. For many lucky college students, their parents are the one paying for it so they can get a jumpstart on the American Dream.
I disagree with most of the above. I barely graduated high school because we moved at least once a year and curriculum was rarely the same. No college education here. I started off working minimum wage, worked two to three jobs to make ends meet. That sucked and I quickly learned that most people are lazy and complacent, so all I had to do was make sure I worked harder than any of my peers, which was pretty easy. New opportunities presented themselves and I made sure to take advantage of them. I'm now a manager at a fortune 500 company and the same opportunities exist for those starting out at our company if you just bust your ass. It's even easier to sit back and blame greedy CEOs, the government, your lack of education, your past, or whatever excuse you can conjure up in order to justify not succeeding.
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Old 10-23-2015, 05:53 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Where can a single person live these days, make the local minimum wage while working no more than 40 hours per week, live in at least a 400 sq ft. 1 bedroom apartment, and still be able to save some money at the end of the month?
A singlewide trailer is about 600 sq. ft., maybe start by thinking along those lines.
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