View Full Version : Are you at living wage?

01-23-2010, 02:34 AM
Just examined this idea in one of my classes so I was curious.
According to this site (http://www.livingwage.geog.psu.edu/), how well are you doing?
(This one only applies for American citizens.)

01-23-2010, 02:38 AM
According to this site, we seem fine. I didn't notice that they included property taxes.. I'll have to go back and double check, but ours are astronomical.

01-23-2010, 02:45 AM
I kind of dislike my states minimum wage now, it's over a dollar lower than what the federal one, Of course, the federal wage is still a few cents too low as well, but it would be better.

01-23-2010, 02:49 AM
According to a Penn State site?
Get serious! Those morons wouldn't know a living wage if it ran them over at the corner of Allen & College....

Clair Dickson
01-23-2010, 02:49 AM
Barely. And if we have two kids, we'll be below it. Interesting. Better not tell Hubby that...

Curiously, though, while we're not a "living wage" (and our taxes, for example, are higher than indicated on the chart) Hubby and I still have extra money for house projects, savings, etc. I guess it's because we don't have very high transportation or "other" costs. Cheap wins! Woot!

Wayne K
01-23-2010, 02:57 AM
Only if I were living rent free and didn't eat a lot.

01-23-2010, 02:58 AM
*Checks pulse* Yup.

01-23-2010, 03:10 AM
Interesting how a living wage for 1 adult and one child is higher than two adults.

Anyway, no, since I'm unemployed, we're not making a living wage.

01-23-2010, 03:50 AM
Pinched leg....ouch! Yup, alive here. (Gets out mirror)

01-23-2010, 04:03 AM
*Checks pulse* Yup.
What low standards of living you have. Not that that's bad. Just saying.

01-23-2010, 04:06 AM
They have basic expenses way too low for my area.

And does anyone else pay for their own health insurance? Their figure for 'medical' made me laugh out loud, literally!

01-23-2010, 04:23 AM
They have basic expenses way too low for my area.

And does anyone else pay for their own health insurance? Their figure for 'medical' made me laugh out loud, literally!

Waaaay too low for here, too.

And medical... I laughed. On what planet?

01-23-2010, 04:29 AM
Apparently they have no idea how expensive it is to be me. :D

Wayne K
01-23-2010, 04:32 AM
Apparently they have no idea :D
You could have stopped there

01-23-2010, 04:35 AM
Nope. Not that it surprises me.

01-23-2010, 07:19 AM
The living wage for Waterloo, Ontario, was calculated at over $13 an hour. I'm not making anywhere near that, but I am managing to pay my expenses, minus my astronomical student loans. So if I didn't have the loans, I'd be okay, even though I'm not earning a "Living Wage." A decent public health care system certainly helps, though I haven't had a dental checkup in years...

The problem with raising wages across the board is that everytime there's a massive increase in wages, prices also go up, and us working folks get no farther ahead. We need a different solution to the problem.

01-23-2010, 07:25 AM
Nope and after 8 years with my current employer, I was informed today that the company was glad to offer me an 8-cents per hour raise this year. I looked at my boss and told him to keep it, I couldn't afford the higher tax bracket. He was actually proud of the raise and seemed a little confused with my attitude because I got the highest raise in the district.

01-23-2010, 07:31 AM
Heh. I'm still trying to figure out where they found any kind of apartment or house in Whatcom county for under $700/month. That's total B.S.

01-23-2010, 07:44 AM
What low standards of living you have. Not that that's bad. Just saying.

Please, try telling that to someone who doesn't have a pulse.

Silver King
01-23-2010, 08:01 AM
The good news is that, for the area where I live, my income is over fifty percent above what's required for my family to subsist. The bad news is that the figures for expenses listed are off by at least one hundred percent in nearly all categories, some by even more.

Makes me want to change this thread title to add, circa 1975.

01-23-2010, 08:08 AM
according to that chart, I'm doing okay.

since I'm single, apparently I can even afford to have 1 & 1/2 kids.

Guess that means a kid and a cat. Or two cats, which I do have.

or 3/4 of a girlfriend.

Or a bi-monthly coke habit, or a semi-monthly hooker-binge, a ten hour a day online porn habit. . .or a low-end Lexus.

OR, a wildly out of control Amazon.com and Kindle book-spree habit.

That's it. That's the one.

I'll let you guess which I picked.


01-23-2010, 08:55 AM
or a semi-monthly hooker-binge?

Not vegas hookers I would assume...

01-23-2010, 09:49 AM
I have no way of knowing. LOL.

I was just trying to be a yuk-monkey.