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Old 02-04-2015, 07:16 PM
 
Location: San Jose
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I technically live on minimum wage (spending-wise) in one of the most expensive areas of the US (Silicon Valley), though I earn far more than I spend. It's definitely possible if you're single.
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Old 02-04-2015, 07:20 PM
 
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I'm sure I could do it but I wouldn't want to.
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Old 02-04-2015, 07:52 PM
 
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can I or can you?
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Clinton Township, MI
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Im planning on working with AirPort Security but they said I will be making 16.50$ an hour. Can you live on that?
- If I live in a low cost of living area.

- Bought all my food from the grocery store and cooked it.

- Tried to buy more CHICKEN than Beef.

- Have a low value car without full coverage insurance (if I had a car at all)

- Didn't have student loans.

- Rented a studio apartment that's almost empty.

- Didn't have cable.

- Didn't have a girlfriend that I had to "entertain"

- Rarely went out to clubs, bars, sporting events, restaurants, movies, etc.

- And last but not least....if I didn't have kids.......

Then yes, someone could live off that if it's 40 hours a week. That's just about $32,000 a year gross. Not only could you live on that but you could live OK with that, OK = not living paycheck to paycheck totally.

If you have a kid, forget about it, especially with an American Woman as she will make sure that your child support is about $20,000 a year out of your $32,000 a year gross salary!
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Old 02-04-2015, 10:11 PM
 
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Where I currently reside, no. That's barely scraping comfortable living, you are sacrificing a lot just to live your life. You probably won't even be able to afford much entertainment, or probably even some home stuff like high speed internet, cable TV with those prices.

In other towns I've been to, especially in the more rural central/east, you can probably get by life with that and it's probably the norm in those towns. You could have your own home in a few years with that salary, and the area probably has skewed population demographics.
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Old 02-04-2015, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Well I have done the calculations.. it seems ok.. I even seem to have money left over to still own my car and motorcycle.
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Old 02-04-2015, 11:28 PM
 
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You can probably with a good budget in place. A roomate would help alot if you can find a good one.
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Old 02-04-2015, 11:40 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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You can probably with a good budget in place. A roomate would help alot if you can find a good one.
A roommate in a studio, or a 1-br. apt.? How would that work? Have someone sleep on the couch in the living room? (If the OP could even afford a 1-br.)
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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A roommate in a studio, or a 1-br. apt.? How would that work? Have someone sleep on the couch in the living room? (If the OP could even afford a 1-br.)
wasn't the OP that mentioned studio apartment. It actually might be cheaper to rent a 2 bedroom and share IF (as someone mentioned) the OP could find a good roommate. That's a gamble.


good for you, helpingfalcon.

And good luck with your new job.
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Old 02-05-2015, 01:31 AM
 
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Im planning on working with AirPort Security but they said I will be making 16.50$ an hour. Can you live on that?
I could pay my normal bills but I wouldn't be able to have fun or buy expensive clothing. That is not the life I want so no I could not live on 16.50.
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