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Old 11-15-2015, 05:30 PM
 
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With home prices at all time highs and many many apartment rents well north of $900 where do low wage workers turn to for shelter? Face it no one stays with mom and dad forever and you can't expect everyone to accept living in their car for a couple of years.


And let's face it some people are stuck in these jobs atleast till they save up enough to learn a trade. So how do they afford shelter and still save decent money each month.
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Old 11-15-2015, 05:36 PM
 
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A pile of roommates.
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Old 11-15-2015, 05:38 PM
 
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My friends that went to local community colleges would receive 10-20x the cost of tuition in student loans and grants. That helps out on rent and savings.

A min wage employee beginning Jan 1st over here (CA) will gross 1600 a month working full time. Apartments can be found for $800-900 for a 2bedroom.

On a minimum wage income they will qualify for the Board of Governers fee waiver (free tuition to community colleges) and a Cal Grant of 1-2k per semester. They can take out another $6500 in stafford loans if they have trouble sustaining housing and buying books.
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:17 PM
 
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Depends where you are. Where I live a decent 1 bedroom apartment will run you $450/month. A 2 bedroom would be $550 as many mentioned if you split a 2 bedroom with a roommate your shelter costs are $275/month.
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:43 PM
 
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With home prices at all time highs and many many apartment rents well north of $900 where do low wage workers turn to for shelter? Face it no one stays with mom and dad forever and you can't expect everyone to accept living in their car for a couple of years.


And let's face it some people are stuck in these jobs atleast till they save up enough to learn a trade. So how do they afford shelter and still save decent money each month.
They get roommates, and a second and third job, if necessary.
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Old 11-15-2015, 07:01 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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They get roommates, and a second and third job, if necessary.
Yes, this, or have a working spouse or significant other.
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Old 11-16-2015, 01:08 AM
 
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When I made minimum wage, I had roommates, rented rooms, and usually had at least two jobs (sometimes three).

Once I rented an apartment in an older house which had been chopped up into smaller apartments. My apartment was tiny, and the place was not that great, but I did enjoy not having to deal with roommates.
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Old 11-16-2015, 04:46 AM
 
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Stayed in my old room at the parent's home until I finished Bachelor's degree made it possible to at least support myself later in low cost of living area. First job in college was earning $1-4 above minimum wage (with sales bonus). Got to sit next to all the canceled welfare recipients who were single Moms and one widow with 8 kids. Waited til I got a post-college job (not in my field but much better opportunities for advancement) before I moved out. Chose cheapest apartment I could find in safe area ... Never did roommates except relationships after meeting a SWF type, would never even consider roommates again as middle age sets in it is someone who cannot support themselves and I'm barely getting by any longer.
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Old 11-16-2015, 05:04 AM
 
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Minimum wage was never meant to be a lifestyle. Like others have said, if you only have skills to work in a minimum wage job, you get roommates, live with your parents, whatever. If you have no motivation to better yourself and work beyond a minimum wage job, well, that is your choice.
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Old 11-16-2015, 07:15 AM
 
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You live with roommates while you build your skill set so you can specialize in an area that not "everyone" is capable of doing. You learn to do landscaping, building trades, medical pursuits, project management, etc. even though it takes all your free time. Eventually you can afford to live with fewer or no roommates, or you get married. Your circumstances continue to improve as long as you work hard, are nice to people, stay within the law, and have a positive attitude. Simplistic, but that is the general way it goes.
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