can anyone survive and feed a family earning Minimum Wage?

January 18, 2017 3:01am CST
Minimum wage is $7.25. Working 40 hours a week 8 hours a day, 5 times a week. Total paycheck earned $290.00, without tax taken out. After tax your left with $250.00. $1000 a month. Now you have a family to feed and children to send to school. Rent is $1,000 depending on where you live, Gas and Electric $60, Food $150, transportation $50, Accessories (cell phone, cable) $150. Total $1,4210. The average family of 4 needs an annual income of late last $58,000 according to statistic to get by.
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• New Delhi, India
18 Jan 17
Perfect calculation.. I must say. But reality is real harsh
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18 Jan 17
I know, parents have to result in getting a second or third job because they have to support their children but then their children are left to wonder the streets or result in dropping out of school because they need to help their parents support the house hold
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• New Delhi, India
18 Jan 17
@snowdiamond yes..this is a harsh reality of life
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18 Jan 17
@HAPPSINGH one day the world will change and everything will be equal
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@syeow1 (4876)
• India
18 Jan 17
Yeh it's really difficult to survive in these circumstances..
18 Jan 17
Definitely, then many people question why people use the government for assistance
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@syeow1 (4876)
• India
18 Jan 17
@snowdiamond you are lucky at leat you people use government for assistance..
18 Jan 17
@syeow1 what do you mean by you people ? I personally don't use government assistance but I work for a place where people need help
@sharon6345 (118118)
• United States
18 Jan 17
There is no way a person living like that should have a phone bill or tablet. I live on $766 a month and it was often times three of us. I made every cut I could to manage my expenses and managed to save $800 for 1 year and $750 another year. I am going to save a grand this year as well. .
18 Jan 17
Has everything been working out well for you?
@sharon6345 (118118)
• United States
18 Jan 17
@snowdiamond NOt for the most part but I am going to be ok.
18 Jan 17
@sharon6345 Well I wish you the best of luck of your Journey. Please feel free to follow me for more interesting topics.
• Nairobi, Kenya
18 Jan 17
there are people in my country who earn $ 100 a month and yet they have responsibility to earn $ 1000 a month here would be amazing to them
18 Jan 17
Really where are you from
• Nairobi, Kenya
18 Jan 17
@snowdiamond I am from kenya
18 Jan 17
@Kenyangirl thats fun
• United States
19 Jan 17
It depends on the size of the family.
24 Jan 17
Not even trust me
• United States
24 Jan 17
@snowdiamond why would a family pay a thousand dollars per month for a place to live? There are cheaper facilities, houses, houses to rent, and cheaper apartments with cheaper rent. One has to get their priorities in order. Sticking to a budget is the key. Also, cutting out non-necessities like fast food or dining out, no pets, etc. Doing your own manicures and pedicures, learning to cut and trim your childrens hair. Not to proud to use State assistance. There are many local and state assistance programs to help families with food, clothing and even furnishings to put in their homes. People and families can survive with the stats you outlined if they know how to handle their business and finances wisely and properly.
18 Jan 17
life is not easy for everyone including the rich who are afraid of being kidnapped or murdered and whatnot; be positive, as long as every family member is healthy, the other things you need not to pay much attention (my humble opinion)
18 Jan 17
But the rich are able to hire security or something to fix there issues. When your poor a mother can't miss work for not even one day even if there child is sick and can't go to school because can't afford missing not once cent