Minimum Wage - can't make ends meet with it.

United States
November 11, 2006 6:45pm CST
I have been unemployed since 9/18/06. There are many jobs out there, but few that are in my field. Recently I applied for an job as an assistant manager at a local Goodwill store. I almost fell off my seat when they told me it paid minimum wage, $7.50 an hour. How can anyone make a living off minimum wage?
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@kylesmiles (1913)
• United States
12 Nov 06
Oh wow... Our minimum wage is only $5.15 per hour... It will go up to $6.15 per hour starting November 28th... Sad huh? I can't believe an "assistant manager" only makes minimum wage?! It makes me wonder what a non-manager makes there?? LOL
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• United States
12 Nov 06
Why isn't minimum wage the same with every state? I don't get it. Oh...yea...the underlings are not full-time so they wouldn't get benefits, that was one of the percs for the assistant manager.
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• United States
12 Nov 06
Minimum wage SHOULD be the same in every state! ;) A lot of workers here depend on tips... We are mostly supported by our tourism. I am looking to apply for a part time/seasonal job and I don't expect to get very many hours so that they don't have to pay benefits or lunch break...
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• United States
22 Nov 06
It's not the same in every state because the cost of living isn't the same. Someone's minimum wage my be $6.15 an hour but to rent an apartment where they live is probably about $400 where as the place you live has $7.50 minimum wage but it's $650 for an apartment
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• United States
12 Nov 06
Right now, I am struggling. I just got a temporary seasonal job as a bellringer for salvation army, which pays $6.50, thats minimum wage here. I have had to have help with getting my daughter diapers, milk, clothes, a toddler bed, a potty chair....I have been wearing the same 4 outfits for about 2 years now, I live back at home right now, because with that income, we can't afford a place of our own anymore...my fiance is in construction in a different state, and so he stays in Missouri to work, and he works his butt of every day for $7.50 per hour...and with both his income and mine, we are still unable to make ends meet. Its just not possible.
• United States
12 Nov 06
It amazes me how so many benefit from those who work for minimum wage. The people who break a sweat while turning the key to their Mercedes, while wearing the latest high-end fashion clothes, and eating at restaurants that charge $40 for an entree. I remember when my kids were little, I never had new clothes. I had only a few outfits, which I had for years. My coat consisted of 2 heavy sweaters and a scarf that I knitted myself. Let these people try to live one month off what we make.
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• United States
12 Nov 06
Huggers to you Bella.
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• United States
19 Nov 06
Thank you. And thank you for giving me the best response. Im sorry I didnt reply sooner, I just now got the alert that you had given me best response.Like I said, I am working as a bellringer for salvation army right now, and you would be amazed at how people that you can TELL have money just snicker and turn up their noses, as Im standing there in 30 degree weather in a wind breaker, ringing a bell for 6-8 hours a day! Its sickening!
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• United States
12 Nov 06
The answer to your question is you cannot live off minimum wage. There is no way around it. Unless you live with someone and they also have a job... and then maybe with two incomes you could survive. But being a single person there is absolutely no way that you can survive on 7.50 an hour..... I mean a gallon of milk is close to $4.00 and gas is well over $2..
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• United States
12 Nov 06
And some people wonder why there are so many people applying for welfare benefits.
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• United States
12 Nov 06
I know... my husband and myself have figured it out.. if someone is working for minimum wage then chances are they would be better off economically sitting on there bottom collecting state aid. That wouldn't be the right thing to do but you can see where it might pop into someone's head. I believe where we live minimum wage is going up to $7.00 an hour and I am with you... There is absolutely no way I would work for $7 an hour unless my kids were going hungry etc....Dh and myself have had this discussion many times. What are we doing we are working our fingers to the bones so someone can go out and lease a new porsche... etc... We are both coming to the realization that we do want to work for ourselves... he is educated in computers and does very well at it, however just can't seem to take the dive and quit his job and do it full time. I agree he is being very responsible considering we have three children. I have started working in the last couple of years in hopes that he will soon take the plunge... After his business takes off... I to want to take the plunge and leave the "working world" and do something on my own....I am sick of making corporate america richer while the poor people who slave their hineys off have a hard time putting milk on the table for their kids. Do you think those people who are driving the million dollar cars care?
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• United States
19 Nov 06
I am truly at my wits end here. Most of the jobs I have applied for think I am over qualified. What the hell does that mean? Others pay so low that I am trying to think what we can live without now. I am so sick of this flippin economy. I realize that things could be worse and remember how it was when in my Grandmother's time, but in today's world it shouldn't have to be this way.
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@blaileigh (464)
• United States
12 Nov 06
I agree no one can make it day to day on just min wage. The poor just get poorer.
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• United States
12 Nov 06
What really sucks is that my husband is unemployed too. Even with both of us getting unemployment checks, we are going bust. I will not lower myself to work for minimum wage so I can line the pockets of the rich.
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• United States
12 Nov 06
in Arizona starting January it goes up to 6.75 an hour.
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• United States
19 Nov 06
I totally agree minimun wage is so unfair. We live in an unfair countries. Other countries don't have a minimum wage. So they get paid enough to make a living.
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• China
23 Nov 06
In reality diligently!
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@tiff1496 (570)
• United States
12 Nov 06
I agree with you. Sorry you are having a hard time. Minimum wage where I'm from is $5.15 an hour. I don't see how anyone could make a living off that.
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• United States
12 Nov 06
I have been so out of it, I just found out that ours is only $7.25 per hour.
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@charresi (14)
• United States
12 Nov 06
Yes. Its very difficult making both ends meet with a minimum wage. In my state also it's $7.50. I shudder to think what the salary of an ordinary employee at Goodwill would be if an asst manager earns minimum wages.
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• United States
12 Nov 06
My guess if it the minimum wage is the minimum they can make it would be the same. The only thing that the assistant manager got that was different from the other employees was health insurance. I didn't even bother to ask if they had to pay a portion.
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@lesjo5480 (246)
• United States
12 Nov 06
I am a stay at home mom, my husband works. While he makes more then min wage, its still hard to make ends meet. I had to get a job on saturdays to try to help out.
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@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
23 Nov 06
That is strange because minimum wage in the us is 5.15 per hour currently. looking at your profile your in the US now the state your in could have a higher min wage as some states do that but the Federal Govenment says min wage is 5.15 per hour
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• United States
23 Nov 06
The government needs to get with it and up the minimum wage.
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• United States
22 Nov 06
Profits are better then wages. When I heard this I started to make my fortune P/T. How do you email people at my lot
• United States
22 Nov 06
And also, you're lucky minimum wage is so high where you live. My friend lives in Ohio and she said minimum wage there is going up to $6.65 or something around that area. I'm sure it's still $6.15 here cause I haven't heard anything about a law being passed. But I haven't worked minimum wage ever. I've always made more than minimum wage.
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• United States
23 Nov 06
The rich just keep getting richer off the sweat of our backs.
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@gnt23tr (1015)
• United States
12 Nov 06
Well, I am even more surprised that it is at $7.50
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• United States
12 Nov 06
What is minium wage where you live?
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@massaj03 (4372)
• United States
22 Nov 06
min wage is $7.50 there? Here it is only $5.15 *lol* People here would be happy to get $7.50 starting out at most jobs. But yes min wage in most places doesn't help as much as everyone would like, but atleast it is something, better then not getting paid at all.
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• United States
22 Nov 06
Minimum wage is ridiculous. Where do you live that it's $7.50. No one can support themselves on $7.50 an not be in debt.
• United States
22 Nov 06
That is crazy. I was working at BP as a regular employee and I made $7.25. That's crazy that an assistant manager would make so little. I would of made around 9 something if I would have stuck around and accepted the assistant manager position. Right now I'm working for The Daily Bean Coffee as a vendor and I make $8.00 an hour plus 39 cents per mile reimbursement. Unfortunately the job won't stick since I have to find a new job cause I go back to school in March. And I'm so picky as to where I'll work, cause I'll only be able to work part time since I'll be going to school full time and working fast food 30 hours a week isn't going to cut it since I'll have a car payment and full coverage car insurance to pay for.
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• United States
29 Dec 06
Honey, nobody can make a living at any wages anymore. We get $6.00 minimum wage out our way. The cost of living and medical is so outrageous, it is so hard to survive. If you are working middle class, if there is such a thing in America anymore.
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@clownfish (3277)
• United States
29 Dec 06
Hi! Some people have raised the theory that in a few years, there won't be a "middle class" anymore. It'll just be "rich" and "poor." Sounds like we're well on our way toward it.
• United States
29 Dec 06
I just shake my head. There is much truth in the rich and poor statement.
• United States
30 Dec 06
I think we are just about there now. My husband is 70, still working full time, and is a professional man. We cannot hardly make it pay check to pay check. How does anyone retire? And, I cannot even take care of my medical needs. We both have worked so hard our whole lives, and we will until be die I guess.
@sunrisekn (1467)
• United States
29 Dec 06
It's so sad. I quit my job in July because there was no way we could afford day care. I worked full time 40+ hrs a week making 8.10 per hr, my husband works full time 43+ hrs making 11.75 per hr. We still couldn't afford day care for our son at 145.00 per week. That was my whole check. I was the one that carried the health,dental,vision and life insurance. When I quit I thought I could temporarily get Medicaid and WIC for my son, but they said my husband makes too much money. We missed the budget by 40.00. It cost 125.00 per visit for Graysen to get his shots. What a nightmare this was. Thank goodness we have something called Healthcare Partners where doctor visits are done on a sliding scale and I take him to the health dept and he now gets his shots for free. My unemployment benefits run out next week and my husband will have to pull some Saturdays for us to just make it. We truly thought we had all this worked out before we had our son. I worked in an airport and people just weren't traveling and I was given the option to quit or be terminated. (Last one hired-first one fired) They've called me back for April, but who wants to go back and have them do it all over again? Besides we're still stuck with expensive day care. But you know, we just keep plugging away. One day our ship will come in and everything will be ok. I just keep believing that.
• United States
29 Dec 06
Have you ever considered opening a day care home and take in a couple of children to care for. This is something that I am considering. In our state there are few options for day care. I already have a few people that say they will enroll their child with me if I should open it.
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@sunrisekn (1467)
• United States
30 Dec 06
No, I've not thought about that, but now I will. Thanks!
@clownfish (3277)
• United States
29 Dec 06
Hi! I completely agree with you. The minimum wage hasn't been raised in several years, yet the cost of living goes up every year (or every few months if you ask me). I hope you find something that will support your family! ((hugs))
• United States
29 Dec 06
Thank you for your support. Good things come to those who wait.
@tba123 (457)
• United States
29 Dec 06
Minimum wage here in our town is just $5.15 an hour, although we just voted for an increase in november so that will be going up soon. I don't know how anyone is really suppose to be able to live on minimum wage. I guess they think that with minimum wage they're just giving enough to cover bare minimums. Its crazy.
• United States
29 Dec 06
Bare minimums. In my state the average 2 bedroom apartment with heat is $720 per month. The average take home pay based on minimum wage is roughly $238 a week and $957 a month. From the balance after paying rent you need to pay for your electric which could run about $40. If you have a phone, $60. How about a little luxury like cable, basic cost is about $50. The cost of gas for your car if you have one will most likely wipe out whatever you have left. And then there is food. The state will give you food stamps if you fall into income guidelines. Insurance may be granted to you by the state if you fall into income guidelines. Daycare assistance is provided if you fall into income guidelines. These programs are funded by the taxes of the working people. So, we can go to work for less, pay for what others can't afford, and we count pennies to afford a tank of gas.
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
29 Dec 06
hey, that's not so bad, I just moved to Idaho and the minimum wage here is 5.15 an hour. YES, FIVE DOLLARS AN HOUR. Not even a teenager can live on that.
• United States
29 Dec 06
My goodness. That is ridulous.