This past week my husband and I took the Live the Wage challenge in solidarity with hard-working families who are trying to make ends meet on a minimum wage salary. Our allotment was $77 each for the week to cover all food, transportation and other expenses excluding housing, insurance, and support for dependent children (which I don’t have). It didn’t take us long to realize that $7.25 an hour is not enough to live on. We didn’t quite make it.
To anyone who thinks this challenge is just a gimmick, I say “Try it.”
As someone who has lived at this level his entire life, I can vouch for the fact that it ain’t easy.