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Politicians Canít Make it on Minimum Wage, But We Did
Watchdog.org ^ | July 31, 2014 | Maggie Thurber

Posted on 07/31/2014 8:37:10 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin

LIVE THE WAGE: Politicians can’t seem to figure out how to live on $77 a week – could you?

In an effort to gain sympathy for raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, numerous politicians accepted a challenge to “Live the Wage.” To no one’s surprise, they couldn’t do it.

They were going to live for a week on $77 because that’s all that the challenge sponsors say a full-time worker earning minimum wage makes, after average taxes and housing expenses are deducted, of course.

But then, they weren’t supposed to be able to get by on that amount. That was the point, as the challenge is designed with failure as the goal.

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland gave up. He started on a Sunday, but ran out of money by Thursday, he explained in a column for Politico. He said he skipped meals to save money and ate smaller and less healthy meals.

“Because fresh fruits and vegetables are hard to find at a price within a minimum wage budget, I turned to bread, peanut butter, bananas and bologna more than anything else,” he wrote. “That was what I could find when I took this budget to the grocery story last Sunday. And that’s why I ate lunch from the McDonald’s dollar menu.”

*SNIP*

Perhaps what this challenge really proves is that too many politicians have no clue how to plan and live within a budget. But then, one look at the federal deficit tells us that — and without all the publicity and hype of them failing to “Live the Wage.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy; Food; Society
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I love it when people 'discover' how cheaply they can feed themselves! Better bone up on the basics - I do NOT see improving times ahead for most of us. Few jobs, median income is plummeting, excessive government intrusion in EVERY area of our lives, threats of disease outbreaks (Ebola and all the stuff coming in through our 'porous' southern border), we're losing our local doctors due to 0bamacare, healthcare costs to rise substantially in the coming years - if your employer can still afford it for you - a recent increase in both electric and natural gas bills (and I use LESS energy than most!) gasoline prices all over the map, and HIDDEN inflation in food and everyday 'stuff' that the Enemy Media dare not speak of while under Democrat Rule!
1 posted on 07/31/2014 8:37:10 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: All

She posts her receipts and menu ideas in the article, too.


2 posted on 07/31/2014 8:37:53 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

She did a great job and proves that it can be done and fairly easily. All you need is a little bit of ingenuity and persistence. If you put your mind to it, you can achieve almost anything.

Seeing what she and her husband did makes me want to take on the challenge, too. Pretty sure we could do it!


3 posted on 07/31/2014 8:49:18 AM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

If they can buy seeds and plants for gardening with food stamps, they can damn sure buy them on minimum wage. Learning some simple skills like canning and dehydrating also help stretch every buck.


4 posted on 07/31/2014 9:00:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Of course the headline implies they were trying to live on 77 bucks rather than feed themselves on 77 bucks.


5 posted on 07/31/2014 9:08:24 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

A few other tips.

She could probably have saved 30% or more by shopping at Aldi’s.

The public library has movies for free.

I haven’t bought any shirts or pants from a retail store for five years. I hit the Salvation Army once a week on the 50% off day and see what they’ve got in my size that’s any good. I have a very extensive wardrobe now of business casual shirts, most of which would cost $50 to $100 retail. I paid $2 to $3 each. Also found amazing buys on linens, cutlery, cookware, etc. The key is to hit the store regularly.

Admittedly the SA bit isn’t for everybody, as what I’ve done is trade time for money.


6 posted on 07/31/2014 9:10:49 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

When I was a broke college student, I had the following very short grocery list:

bread
eggs
jarred tomato sauce
cheese food “singles”
canned tuna

optional:
Carnival hot dogs (59 cents a pound)
Cheapo bologna (99 cents a pound)

With just those ingredients and a toaster oven and a hot plate, I was able to have a surprisingly varied menu for not much money, without having to spend a lot of prep time cooking.


7 posted on 07/31/2014 9:17:50 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: Dr. Sivana

When I was in college I used to live on
Cheerios,
Milk,
Bananas,
Eggs,
Peanut Butter and Jelly.

Sometimes one turkey per month (you can make a surprising number of meals for nearly a month from one turkey, including soup from the bones)


8 posted on 07/31/2014 9:26:07 AM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Cruz 2016)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Your food choices (by necessity, of course) are simply not very healthy. Lots of processed foods, I’m afraid. Yeah, you can live on this stuff but who calls that living?!


9 posted on 07/31/2014 9:33:01 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; All

I just realized, I ALREADY do this. I go shopping about once a month for my family of 4 and I spend about $300

I buy actual ingredients- not pre-made and boxed foods

3 dozen eggs, some peanut butter, milk, cheese, hamburger or ground turkey, onions, green peppers, canned tomatoes, a couple of chickens... heck I even get some steaks some times.

when you blow more than $77 a day on restaurants it seems like a tiny little amount of money. They should be forced to live on it for a month or two. for just a little more ($500) I would even get the occasional lobster


10 posted on 07/31/2014 9:34:07 AM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Cruz 2016)
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To: Sherman Logan

No need to apologize for clothes shopping at thrift stores. I do that from time to time; people give away T-shirts that are just fine. I snap ‘em up for two bucks and nobody’s the wiser.

FWIW, I can’t believe that somebody would give away a perfectly good official ABC “300 Bowler” shirt. I didn’t pick that one up as I would have some explaining to do.


11 posted on 07/31/2014 9:45:32 AM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: miss marmelstein
Your food choices (by necessity, of course) are simply not very healthy. Lots of processed foods, I’m afraid. Yeah, you can live on this stuff but who calls that living?!

Do you know many 20 year old male college students who DON'T eat a lot of processed foods?
12 posted on 07/31/2014 9:47:25 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: Mr. K
Sometimes one turkey per month

I wouldn't have had a way to cook the turkey. In fact, for my first Thanksgiving away from home, the only other guy on the floor who did not go home picked up a couple of cornish hens. That was what would fit in the toaster oven. He has gone on to an astonishingly successful career, though I am sure he is liberal as we are conservative. I'll still never forget that Thanksgiving.
13 posted on 07/31/2014 9:50:04 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: jiggyboy

I get almost ALL my clothing at thrift stores.. I likely always will. Sure i could afford new stuff but after I wear it it’s used right?

I do draw the line at drawers and socks. those I buy new.

Only problem lately is the thrift stores are raising prices to that of walmart.

Yard sales are still the bomb pricing wise.


14 posted on 07/31/2014 9:56:33 AM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

My real point was that if you don’t have a lot of money for food you have to eat a lot of processed food - even the menus included in this article had some. And Tuna Cassarole! I’d rather die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


15 posted on 07/31/2014 10:06:23 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: cableguymn

“Only problem lately is the thrift stores are raising prices to that of walmart.

Yard sales are still the bomb pricing wise.”

I have for years purchased at yard sales and estate sales. Had 3 consignment booths and what I did not use or got tired of I resold and made money doing it. Especially on antiques and collectibles. What people don’t know can make you money.


16 posted on 07/31/2014 10:15:02 AM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

The interesting part is $77/week AFTER housing. If you make minimum wage, you don’t get to live by yourself - you live with a spouse, parents, roommate.
At $290/week full time, that’s 1200/month. We’ll say 1000 after Social Security and Fica. They are assuming you’re spending $700 a month on housing, which is insane if you have 1000 take home.
Take that $700/month apartment and share it with one or two roommates or move in with a relative in a 800/month house for $400/month rent and utility share.
Their mistake is assuming a person making minimum wage has a non-efficiency apartment to themselves.
And not getting EITC, SNAP and other benefits many of them get.


17 posted on 07/31/2014 10:28:55 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Perhaps what this challenge really proves is that too many politicians have no clue how to plan and live within a budget.

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Bingo. Most of us who live in the real world could make it work.


18 posted on 07/31/2014 10:29:25 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: Bigg Red

“.......too many politicians have no clue how to plan and live within a budget”..

Ask yourself why should they, most have never held real jobs, have lived off the tax payers for years, etc. Most of them have NO CLUE is correct.


19 posted on 07/31/2014 10:43:19 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: miss marmelstein

Well, some food is more processed than others. Packaged ground beef is more “processed” than a freshly slaughtered steak. Even store milk is “processed”. That’s a far cry from the Totino’s frozen pizza and the Carnation Instant Breakfast.


20 posted on 07/31/2014 11:10:10 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: Sherman Logan

I buy nearly all of my clothes second hand, save for underwear, socks and shoes (hard to fit feet, dammit!) But, even then, if they’re NEW I make the occasional exception.

I once worked with a woman that was married to a very wealthy man. She never ONCE wore the same outfit twice in the five years I knew her. Never! And she wasn’t mixin’ it up to make new outfits, either. EVERY piece was new, every day!

Mind blowing.

Now, if she had just invested that extensive, ‘Wardrobe Allowance’ in a solid Mutual Fund she’d have had PLENTY of money when her husband traded her in for a Newer Model. ;)

*SNORT*


21 posted on 07/31/2014 3:04:41 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Who earns $77 in a 40 hour work week?


22 posted on 07/31/2014 7:31:20 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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