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gyroscope Level 66 Scania Battle Mage 2
Let's say a person works a minimum wage job for 35 ~ 40 hours each per week. Is that enough to be living by yourself? Wage is $7.50 USD /per hr
Posted: August 2016 Permalink


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tubring22 Level 188 Bellocan Zero Transcendent
Depends where you live and what bills you have. But, it's very unlikely you'll be able to live off of $7.50 a month. There are government programs to assist people in these situations if needed.
Aug 24 2016
readers Level 131 Scania Beginner See what games, anime & art readers is intoReaders
Depends. If you're in New York City, definitely not.
If you're in some small town, it may be do-able if you're financially savvy enough. As stated above, you will have programs that are there to assist those who fall under such situations.
Aug 24 2016
aerial Level 213 Scania Beginner
+1 I live in Vancouver and I can definitely live off of a min. wage right now. I make $10.50/hr and work 40 hours a week. That's about 370 dollars after taxes and union fees.

370x4=$1480 per month

rent: $650/month
food: $125/month
phone: 40/month
bus: 50/month

I can either spend the rest or save.
Aug 24 2016
greatbolshy Level 210 Bera Blade Master
it all depends on where you live. real estate where i live is cheap as hell (ohio). you won't be buying a house with those wages but renting may be possible.

$7.50/hr 40 hrs a week=$14400/yr. not gonna bother going into taxes because idk where you live.

you can get a small apartment for $300/month=$3.6k/yr. that's assuming you live in a cheap state.

cheap car that's good on gas would be great. that elio motors car is supposed to come out next year (doubt it ever will rofl) that's like $7k and does 80mpg or something. that'd be a godsend for people on a budget.

food isn't terribly expensive, but you'd be accepted for food stamps without a doubt. even if you didn't apply for them, you could still eat healthy for like 3 bucks a day.

other expenses such as bills and gas are all up to you. idk what you're like so i can't even begin to estimate those.

people always bash on ohio, but right now it's pretty god tier in terms of pricing across the usa. you can pick up a 6+ bed 6+ bath with an indoor pool, bad ass kitchen, wine cellar, lake erie beachfront property in a really good location for under a mil. normally you'd expect a house like that in a good location to be at least 2-3m. hell, an abandoned mansion was just sold for $750k a couple months ago. needed some major repairs but it's a damn nice property.
Aug 24 2016
curesword Level 222 Scania Shadower Justaway Guild
Depends on where you live, LA or NY no some small town yes.
Aug 24 2016
upcomingnerd Level 102 Scania Beast Tamer Shared
Hello no, scrounging from pay check to pay check ain't living. You're setting yourself up for one hell of a rough ride, if you're asking this question because you plan to do it.

@greatbolshy That's amazing prices. I picked up a home in Missisauga, Ontario for just over $400,000 after taxes. It's pretty nice lol but it isn't any 6bedroom home.
Aug 24 2016
2005chuy Level 192 Scania Mercedes 4 See what games, anime & art 2005chuy is into2005chuy
I did it part time minimum wage, so you should be able to do it being fulltime. It's not fun though, so I'd suggest staying with whoever you're staying with, if possible, until you either finish school or get a better paying job.
Aug 24 2016
123abt Level 210 Windia Bishop Boundless Guild See what games, anime & art 123abt is into123abt
Its been said already but most big towns no. Around LA youll be getting about 1600 a month BEFORE taxes but the cost of living youd need to provide could very easily surpass the 1k mark so unless youre insanely smart with shopping for basic necessities itll be tough.
Aug 24 2016
masinko Level 174 Broa Battle Mage 4 Abyssel Guild See what games, anime & art masinko is intoMasinko
Assuming you work 160 hours a month on minimum wage, you get $1200, which after taxes (NY) is around $840. If you're frugal and know what you're doing, you could probably get away with spending around $160 on food or less, which leaves you with around ~$680.

You'd have to balance that around with bills (electric, gas, internet, water, rent/mortgage, etc). It's doable, depending on location.
Aug 24 2016
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