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How do poor parents do it?

My housing costs are rock bottom, I buy low cost food, my clothes are not very expensive, I don't pay a big heating bill, and I still don't see how I could pay all my expenses on only $15,080 a year. How do poor people support their children? It just ...
—RandiCA

My story

It is impossible to support yourself much less a family on the minimum wage. I live below the poverty line.
—JennaVA

Teachers in poverty

I work 80% as a teacher and home school my 15 year old twins, who are gifted with mild special needs. My husband left us 4 years ago. We were homeless over the summer and now live in a house with rent that is 75% of my income. Every month I go further ...
—ThereseCA

social worker

I believe that the minimum wage should be increased to allow people who are working be able to live a life like mine. I work full-time and I have a home. children and education.
—ErinCA

U.S. government

is to protect The Rich, and make it appear it's trying to protect us. It works very hard to project itself as our protector. It lies.

If we didn't have to maintain The Rich and all their brutality, governance would only be about us taking care of us, ...

—Norma J FCA

No raise in 4 years!! How do I support my family?

I'm a single parent, trying to maintain a home and raise an autistic son. My job as caregiver for my son is my only source of income. Maxing out, in 2010 at $9.53 per hour, how is this possible? I will never receive another raise, I only work 35 hrs ...
—YanaMI

Middle Class and Struggling

I am a grant writer and have worked for over a decade to break the cycle of poverty especially by addressing achievement and opportunity gaps in education. I was a small business owner of one with no insurance and no safety net. Still, I was lucky - nothing ...
—JulieOK

Life at Minimum Wage in Florida.

I am a married mother of one who lives in Florida. My husband works at a temporary job that he has had for the last two years making minimum wage, and I work for Red Roof Hotels, also at minimum wage. Our health insurance through the new healthcare system ...
—CynthiaFL

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Im broke!!!!!

—tiqa TX

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Everyone should be paid equally.
—Brigitte FL

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I have been a single mother since I was 19. I worked minimum wage and tipped jobs from the time my daughter was born until she was 16. At that time I lucked up on a job with a large mid-west union retailer. I worked for them for 33 years. I am now ...
—MadelineMI

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It is embarrassing and pathetic that our minimum wage is so low. We need to do something about this now!!! Help those hard-working individuals help themselves. They are doing the work, they should get paid a fair wage for it.
—NanetteVA

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I feel that it's hard to even live off of the current minimum wage the currently is in place. The cost of living continues to increase and the minimum wage stays so low that a family can't even afford decent housing.
—KhaleelahPA

You try this!

I bring home (from work) about $800 after taxes. My food stamps are $15/month.

I was wrongfully terminated from my previous job, so I get a little bit of unemployment until June of this year, depending on how many hours I work.

My rent alone is $505 for ...

—SabrinaMS

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this country is not fare in so many ways to the non rich inidividuals.. It's very sad

Old White Guy

I was fortunate to be a healthy, white male in school and in the work force from 1960 - 2010. I had to make my own way through college and into the working world. I have realized for some time now that because my gender and race, I had privileged opportunities ...
—JamesCO

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Single mother of 4 children ages 19 to 25...

because of their wages they do not qualify for the affordable care act nd our govenor in idaho has opted out of medicaid for their age group..ugh..we DESPERATELY need minmum wage raised..thank you.

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Single mother of 4 children ages 19 to 25...

because of their wages they do not qualify for the affordable care act nd our govenor in idaho has opted out of medicaid for their age group..ugh..we DESPERATELY need minmum wage raised..thank you.

—Patricia

Living off McDonald's

My son is 21 and has worked for minimum wage since he was 17. Due to housing costs in our area, he can only afford to live in a 2 bedroom apt with 4 other adults and 2 children. He has excellent customer service skills, but McDonald's does not provide ...
—SusynCA

I've been there

I've worked for minimum wage and I know not only teenagers work for minimum wage. We need living wage and a system in which the rich get richer doesn't serve society.
—MalgorzataNJ
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