Discussion in 'The Howard Stern Show' started by GP2 In Yellow, Jul 18, 2013.
Yeah– now, when I first saw that, I assumed that the top line was for a part-time McDonald’s employee. Then I got out my calculator– that is actually what you would make if you were working full-time at McDonald’s. 1,105 dollars a month.
Now let’s say that the “second” job that they budget in here (feels like cheating, but OK) is also minimum wage. That would mean you were working about 62 hours a week, on average. Oh, wait. That’s if they live in Illinois where the minimum wage is $8.25. The national minimum wage is $7.25. That translates to 74 hours a week. That’s almost a whole other full time job.
And what do you get for working 74 hours a week? Well, you don’t get heat, clearly. There’s a big ol’ zero next to the heat in that chart. In my building– we have separate checks for gas and electric– that would mean that not only do you not get to heat and cool your home, but also that you do not get to heat your water, or cook on your stove, if you have a gas stove (I do).
Also noticeably absent in this budget? Food. And gas. There’s a line for a car payment, but not for gas. Which is suspect, because if you’re working two jobs it’s possible you will pay more for your gas than you’d be paying for your car.
Also… health insurance for $20 a month? There is really no such thing as health insurance for $20 a month if you’re buying your health insurance on your own. I think the least amount is going to be about $215 a month– and that only covers hospital emergencies.
The minimum wage in this country is reprehensible. If the minimum wage had kept up with inflation it would be over $10 an hour. If it had kept up with productivity? It would be $21.72.
Get a better job?
Health Insurance: $20/mos.
All that budget proves is that people living on minimum wage aren't really living on minimum wage. Minimum wage is meant for young people who live at home. There was a time not so long ago when it was just kids working minimum wage jobs at fast food restaurants. My first job was at Taco John's @ $3.35/hr. when I was 16. Since I lived at home, that money was pure spending money. Actually, I saved a lot of it - especially once I got my big raise to $5/hr.
yeah, when you work as a kid, it's like 90% discretionary income
I live off less then $1200 post taxes and I pay a mortgage so it can be done. However I am single, childless, limit my hobbies to boozing and music making, drive a 20 year old truck(which I spent $1800 a couple a months ago for a new tranny) and I live in Fl so no heat. *Edit no health insurance just had to pay $175 cash to temp. fix a cracked old root canal tooth. Like someone said Minimum wage for someone over 24 years old should be about $20 an hour to keep up with inflation. I voted for Obama twice so it's my own fault.
You had me felling sorry for you up until the tranny part...
$600 for mortgage/rent... what is that?? Poor bastards must be living in a trailer park.
Minimum wage should be $20/hr? You are going to pay a burger flipper or janitor $800 a week? In South Florida licensed (CDL) truck drivers that haul construction debris for high rise buildings and demolition jobs only make 800-900 a week and they are generating income. You know how many fucking burgers you'd have to flip to equal the profit these drivers generate on ONE load (trip to the construction site, to the dump, then back to the yard)? $20/hr minimum wage is a pipe dream.
If they paid more, people wouldn't be able to afford QUALITY food.
When you make that type of money, you share an apartment or house with one or two other people to make ends meet. You think waitresses and aspiring actresses live on their own in nice settings?
I feel like they are maybe assuming that the other income is from a spouse or something, either way those numbers are a joke though
How the fuck do you live off $1200 a month? Break it down.
150 Light bill
90 Car insurance
200 food = $1165
Plus what I have in savings and investments and extra curricular activities I barely scrounge by.
Where can I get a mortgage for $600 a month? Car insurance for $90??? Not in NY, that's for sure. Triple and quadruple some of those figures and that's what its like to live on Long Island. Ugh, I can't wait to retire and move outta here. 20 more years! Lol!!
The sixth Borough so I'm told , known as Florida. If you are from the north and poor you can come down here and be middle class so I'm told. I had the misfortune of being born a native
Being paid minimum wage should motivate you to get an education and move the fuck on with your life. Or just except your shit wage and have nothing in life. I never worked for minimum wage, close but never the lowest of the low. If you can't afford school and have no skills join the military. It's what I did and they paid every dime of school plus a year of on the job training which was another 20k on top of my civil servant salary. Prrft, don't commit crimes, sacrifice 4 years of your life (which can be the best 4 of your life), work hard, maybe go to school and you can get a decent blue collar job. Not for everybody but neither is flipping burgers.
phone? the intranets?