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Old 09-16-2012, 04:17 PM
 
Location: now nyc
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Are there any places in the country where there are a lot of people who live comfortably on part time jobs paying $11-$16 an hour?

Is there anybody here who makes a living like that ON THAT ALONE?
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Probably some place in Kansas.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Define 'comfortably'.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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I worked at a target as a sales rep, making 15 dollars an hour. I had a small apartment, and a crappy car. It was ALRIGHT but I wouldn't consider it cozy comfortable.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:42 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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I doubt you can live comfortably anywhere in this country with that type of pay. Not without some other source of income or assistance.

There are some folks who are content in their poverty, though, if that's what you mean by "comfortable".
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:47 AM
 
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I worked at a target as a sales rep, making 15 dollars an hour. I had a small apartment, and a crappy car. It was ALRIGHT but I wouldn't consider it cozy comfortable.
What region was this in?
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Philadelphia/North East
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If you can live within walking distance of your job, you won't need a car, so you can live on a thousand dollars a month, in a safe apartment with healthy food, and some additional comforts and extras. So, a $12/hr job and walk to work, you're good to go on a 20-hour week. No income tax, just FICA.

In addition to your part time job, if you want health insurance, you will have to get another full-time job just to pay for that. At today's health care costs, it costs the average person well over over a half-million dollars per lifetime for the basic needs that everyone takes for granted as their minimum health care expectations. Private insurance spreads that out, so you pay the average cost, even if you don't smoke or drink or have eating disabilities or skydive or otherwise abuse yourself. If you have a healthy lifestyle and decent genes, it's much cheaper in the long run to go bare.

If you need a car, it will cost you a minimum of $200 a month to license, insure and gas up, not counting the cost of buying the car and repairs, so that is nearly a quarter of your minimum living costs.

That's why people in the rest of the world can live on a fraction of what Americans live on. No private car, and affordable health care.

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Old 09-17-2012, 06:18 PM
 
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Don't go to any big cities. Hope your not young. That kind of income and hourly won't provide you much fun...
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Some people in Portland do or they try. One reason is because there are not many full time jobs to be had so they will double up on part time jobs. It is not uncommon to find four or five people living in a two bedroom apartment but as I understand it, landlords are now starting to crack down on how many adults are being allowed to rent an apartment depending upon the number of bedrooms in the apartment.

Not the best way to exist in my opinion.

Anyway, here is an article recently printed in our local paper that sort of addresses this topic although not quite.

http://portlandtribune.com/pt-rss/9-...s-new-frontier
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