How do people on minimum wage part time jobs survive?

I make 50k a year as a single guy before taxes and I still feel like I'm struggling. Well not necessarily "struggling" but I make about 4K a month pre taxes so like 3.1k after taxes and at least 2k of it is allocated towards expenses such as rent, electricity, Water, internet, cell phone etc. I

I make 50k a year as a single guy before taxes and I still feel like I'm struggling. Well not necessarily "struggling" but I make about 4K a month pre taxes so like 3.1k after taxes and at least 2k of it is allocated towards expenses such as rent, electricity, Water, internet, cell phone etc. I can't imagine what it would be like to make 1k a month and live off of that. Rent alone is more than 1k in my area for a 1 bedroom apartment

Best Answer:

Anonymous: It's hard, very hard for them. Minimum wage doesn't provide a survival income, even if full-time. Unfortunately, many of these folks don't have the means, the ambition, the skills or education, or sometimes even the desire to do better. Government handouts are often essential to the barest of needs. It's a sad way to live a life.

Other answer:

Anonymous:
Most of the people on minimum wage are not the primary money earner for the family. Many are teenagers and people with part time jobs where there is someone else in the family who pays most of the bills
Rachel:
it's hard, very hard for them… minimum wage doesn't provide a survival income, even if full-time… unfortunately, numerous of these folks don't have the means, the ambition, the skills or education, or sometimes even the desire to do better… government handouts are often essential to the barest of needs… it's a sad way to live a life…
Elaine M:
When you have to live on $22,000 a year, you find a way to make it work. Rent/utilities/gas/food are required to be paid. Anything outside of that you make darn sure you really NEED it before spending money.
Rob:
They have to work more than one job. If they don't do that, perhaps their on government assistance.
Max Hoopla:
They get food stamps and taxpayer financed medical care.

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