• The only way to do it is to work more than 1 job, and to live very frugally.
    • Hulk70166
      That's terrible. If you work a full time job, if you are putting out all effort you can you should be able to support yourself and others. This is one of the faults of capitalism. It doesn't take in to account the humanity factor. Its all about money.
    • Army Veteran sound like Hitler. He hated Capitalism, too.
    • dalcocono
      It's not terrible, IMHO, It's just a fact of life. There are MANY low level jobs that require little skill and they don't pay very much.
  • they must be scamming the system's social programs.
    • Chicagoan
      Typical comment from a Republican - where the GOP Mantra is: I'VE GOT MINE! FU** YOU!!!
  • I earned minimum wage when I first started to work. I lived in an apartment and shared expenses with a roommate. Some people who earn minimum wage may have one or more roommates.
  • what a country America is? Wonder why there are so many homeless people.
    • Coco Rose
      are you in the US or where are you? how is different there?
    • 11stevo73
      Australia, were 20 years behind the usa, 20 years ago those in the us scraped by on minimum wage now it appears minamin wage wont put a roof over a persons head and feed them. Hence why the people are jacking up they have nothing to lose. dont get me wrong Im not trying to be smart it will probably happen here too.
  • Live with other wage earners often in apartments, though also often in low-cost homes often with gov. assistance
  • They often live with their families, including more than one working adult, or roommates; they work more than one job; they may qualify for food stamps or other forms of government assistance, like public housing.
  • I've known very many people and have been working 2 or 3 jobs just to make the rent. Our apartments were rarely slept in by us, and almost always, the idiot roommate one has to get screws it up for us if not everybody.
  • They cannot live a decent life unless they have someone else making money and living with relatives rent free.
  • Live with more than one person making minimum wage and split expenses.
  • Most likely they live on section 8.😎
  • They struggle every day. Even $15 an hour won't help very much.
    • AskingForaFriend
      Yep. Even $20 is low-income where I'm at.
  • It's very hard but Biden is trying to give these people a better life.
    • Army Veteran
      Maybe he should save time and money by sending them straight to the gulags.
  • They don't. Hence why they are called "The working poor" as most Americans, are.
  • I've lived on minimum wage most of my life and was a single parent. With little to no help financially from the father. First of all you have to cut your own hair do your own nails shop at Aldi and the thrift stores. Walmart if you must. All entertainment must be free. The library has internet. Apply for any assistance to which you are entitled. Which may include SNAP (food stamps) and section 8 housing assistance and / or medicaid. That way you only have to pay one third of your income for housing. That's what I'm on now. While I was raising my son I bought a trailer and was able to pay that off after ten years, but I lost the land I wanted to put it on. You must live frugally, which means you mend your clothes instead of buying new ones and learn how to get stains out. Hair spray gets out ink and marker. WD-40 gets out oil stains and dish detergent gets out the WD-40. Give up your cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, including coffee. Give up meat, already prepared meals and unnecessary snacks. Snack on fruits and vegetables. Keep a snack tray in the fridge. Buy root vegetables, onions, potatoes, carrots. Eat beans, rice and other grains for protein and low fat dairy. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese, tomato sandwiches and homemade soups are cheap. Oatmeal can make oat milk very cheaply, and it is a cheap meal as well. Did I mention eggs and egg sandwiches? If that's not enough make your own bread. Give up sodas and juices. Drink water. Look up a recipe for granola you can make with oats as well. Throw in some peanuts and keep that in your glove box so you never never have to stop for fast food. Take your lunch to work. Take water with you everywhere you go. I freeze half a bottle so it will have ice all day long. How much will these suggestions trim from your budget and how much more do you need to trim. I have more suggestions. Oh and stop buying paper products. Use cloth napkins and towels and wash them. You may have toilet paper! lol You're welcome. Oh I forgot the last thing. Take public transportation or carpool.
    • Linda Joy
      $45 emergency menu for 4-6: $70 low cost menu for 4-6 Also share what you don't use. It will come back to you many fold! I've had groceries left on my porch many times! Also check the places in your area that give away food boxes.
    • Linda Joy
      If you're of child bearing age look into getting a menstrual cup to save on pads and tampons.
    • Linda Joy
      I've also walked, hitchhiked and ridden a bike to work. Email me if you need more suggestions.
    • Linda Joy
      See if you can trade off clothes and toys for children with someone whose child is older or younger than yours.
    • notyouraveragedummy
      Linda Joy knows how it works. I was raised by parents from the depression era and learned many of the above techniques she outlines. As a kid, if we wanted ice cream or candy, we checked under the sofa cushions for loose change. When I was raising my kids, we had next to nothing. Do you realize how many meals you can make from chicken necks and backs at .10 per lb. (You can't even get necks and backs now, because no one would want them in recent decades, so they don't ship them from the slaughter houses. I know, I asked when I could no longer find them.) I wore hand me downs and my kids wore hand me downs. The first three years of my kids school photos, they're wearing clothes that I made them from hand me down fabrics. Well, sorry Linda Joy, I didn't mean to go on and on...
    • Linda Joy
      I'm just glad someone took the time to read what I took the time to write! I also wore clothes all 6 of my older sisters wore! They still sell leg quarters. I also buy in bulk and portion it out.
  • today unless there is 2 of them ..they cant buy a home is tough for them even just paying rent ..the price of every thing is out of whack now days ..the people struggle badly ..
    • Linda Joy
      I bought a trailer as a single parent on minimum wage.
  • They are struggling all of the time.
  • The way prices are going they'll be living in tents on the sidewalk. Be proud everyone of you we stood there and did nothing while corporate scum stole the world. They do nothing but work to live do you think thats right?
  • They obviously save their pennies.
  • They struggle day to day, paycheck to paycheck.
    • notyouraveragedummy
      It's all about attitude. When you have family and good friends, you don't even think about it most of the time. Sharing a pot of coffee (or tea) with them was a satisfying afternoon!
  • They must live with others that have higher income.

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