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Old 02-12-2015, 07:48 PM
 
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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.

You got to be kidding me right? Live within your means!

Im able to live off $10 per hour no problem for me . My car is paid off and my rent 1 bedroom apartment spacious is $550, Im living pretty good

My friend on the other hand makes $18 and he is in debt and cant keep a dollar in his pocket, always broke and behind on bills. I find myself loaning him $20-$30 every now and then
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Old 02-12-2015, 11:33 PM
 
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That is about 38k a year in US dollars. It likely depends on location in Canada: I'd think. Add some overtime and itl ooks better.
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Old 02-12-2015, 11:56 PM
 
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Not in the NYC/CT/NJ area you can't. But we have to.
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Old 02-14-2015, 12:24 PM
 
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You got to be kidding me right? Live within your means!

Im able to live off $10 per hour no problem for me . My car is paid off and my rent 1 bedroom apartment spacious is $550, Im living pretty good
And lost your driver's license somehow and can't afford $1500 to get it back.

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My friend on the other hand makes $18 and he is in debt and cant keep a dollar in his pocket, always broke and behind on bills. I find myself loaning him $20-$30 every now and then
Stop. When you are in financial trouble you need to hang on to every dime until you get on your feet again...
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Old 02-14-2015, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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In many states where the going rate is $10-12 an hour, college degree required, I'd say you're doing pretty well! In a sad sort of way. But in Canada that wage probably sucks if you're in Vancouver or Toronto. But I'm sure there's many making less, so be grateful and hopefully it will be a stepping stone and experience to land a better gig.
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Old 02-14-2015, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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$16.50 an hour is exactly what I was making at my last job. After taxes I brought home$1020 every two weeks for 80 hours. This is without health insurance. I have a husband that works also so fortunately I haven't had to try to make it on my own but if I had to it would be very difficult. I probably could survive as long as nothing ever broke down or I never got sick. I live in central Florida in a very working class area.
It really depends on where you live. In Central Florida, as you are, or here in AZ $16 an hour can be surprisingly difficult to come by. I've seen plenty of ridiculous job postings requiring a lot of education, experience, and responsibility and pay around that mark. Or worse, put you on salary for around that pay and work you like a dog (more than 40 hours so you actually pull less $ per hour) for some "management" position. It is insane. We are certainly at a race to the bottom in this country.

Anything worth a darn you really need to scrape and claw for and if you're fortunate enough to land that gig, "downsizing" is en vogue everywhere so no guarantee it'll last.

But it'll definitely get you by if you live modestly. But as you said, anything goes wrong, and you're financially screwed and all your hard work goes out the window.

At least OP doesn't have health care to worry about up there in Canada. So that is one less worry when it comes to **** hitting the fan. That is monumental for peace of mind and makes his wage more manageable.
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Old 05-02-2015, 02:08 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback everyone!
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:42 PM
 
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I could be rich and wealthy on $16.50 an hour.
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:21 PM
 
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I could be rich and wealthy on $16.50 an hour.
I highly doubt that... Expenses... everyone forgets this
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:30 PM
 
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I highly doubt that... Expenses... everyone forgets this

What expenses? I live on $1200 a month now. $16.50 per hour would allow me to rent my own pad, which in turn would allow me to ditch the storage unit I have been renting = break even on expenses.

Now that I've got my own pad and my stuff at home, I can start volume selling online for a further increase in income.
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