i love you louie
Can we add “What?! I have to wait until the day after tomorrow to get my one TV of five that’s out fixed?!” to the list?
(via les-enfants-terrible)Source: thebeautyisinwhatyoumakeit
Step 1: See a greatest hits CD from America at the new Pilot in town
Step 2: ALL THE CHILDHOOD FEELS
Step 3: Plan to buy like everything the band did next paycheck or seven
Step 4: Remember that America did the soundtrack for The Last Unicorn
Step 5: ALL THE ADULTHOOD FEELS BECAUSE YOU MISSED THAT MOVIE AS A KID
Step 6: Plan to look for and/or start a blog dedicated to awesome oldschool chimeric unicorns, none of these horses with narwhal tusks stapled to their heads (except perhaps on special occasions)
‘Cause I understand
You been runnin’ from the man
That goes by the name of The Sandman
He flies the sky
Like an eagle in the eye
Of a hurricane that’s abandoned
How Many Minimum Wage Hours Does It Take To Afford A Two-Bedroom Apartment In Your State?
I would have to work 114 hours a week to be able to afford a 2 bedroom…that’s pathetic, minimum wage means you get paid the minimum amount it takes to afford the absolute most basic things you need to live.
I feel like most people with a minimum wage job don’t need a two bedroom. Studio apartments can be as low as 400/month and there are even some one bedrooms that are cheaper. Minimum wage IS the wage that you will get the most basic things to live. Things like cable, internet, a ton of furniture and so forth are luxuries. All you need is food, a bed, water, and a toilet if you want to get technical. And I mean you could probably even go without a toilet but that causes me to shudder a bit. A two bedroom is not basic. A one bedroom isn’t even basic. If you have kids, then I would assume that yes, bedrooms should be basic because they are necessary unless you want child services all up n your ass. Otherwise, a 400/month studio would be easy to afford on a minimum wage salary if you work … WAIT a second. I just did the math out and if you work 114 hours a week at minimum wage you would be making like at least 900 after taxes. That is WAY more than enough money to live in a two bedroom. That’s 3600 a month! That is like a ridiculous amount of cash. You would only need to work 50 a MONTH to make 400. That is roughly 12.5 hours a week. I think this map is wrong.
Uhm… I’ve worked several minimum wage jobs as “night jobs” though the years and was amazed at all the single mothers I worked with.
Single mothers don’t need a two bedroom apartment?
Furthermore, the map takes into consideration more than JUST rent -
After taxes, I make about 1600 a month ( two paychecks per month on average ).
Rates for my area ( and this is JUST rent. Not utilities and transportation included. )
Studio apt = 700-850
1br = 900 - 1100
2br = 1200 - 1600
3br = 1700 - 2200
And, yeah, I have a kid. I’m a single mom. I STILL can not afford a 2br on my own. I HAVE to get a room mate. Which, believe me, that brings in a whole new mess of anxieties when you have a kid. You have to first find someone who wants to live with a kid and then you have to make sure that person can be trusted around a kid.
We lucked out and managed to rent part of a duplex (2br) for $800 a month. The going rate in my area is roughly $900 for a 2br apartment.
So no, I feel this map is quite accurate, at least for the state I live in (assuming the numbers are set on an average). In order to afford this place we live in completely on my own with utilities and miscellaneous child expenses, I personally would need to work over 100 hours a week at minimum wage. And that’s factoring in the money we don’t have to spend on food by having food stamps and the lack of any car payments/gas because we do not have a vehicle.
Granted if I were to even find a way to get that many hours in a week, I’d be looking at over $1200 a month minimum in childcare expenses to add into that. The real kicker? I can’t get state-funded childcare because I’m not poor enough.
Accurate map is accurate. And that’s kind of really fucking depressing.