Too many people look at minimum wage and goff at it. They couldn’t possibly be able to live off minimum wage! This is exactly the main reason why minimum wage is such a great thing- it teaches you the true value of a dollar.
I’ve had many minimum wage jobs throughout my life, and remember making $5.15 an hour stretch out to pay my bills all month. Earning a minimum wage has taught me that by living within my means, I can afford to live comfortably whether I’m making $6 an hour or $22 an hour. When I lived in Salt Lake and was bringing in $18 an hour, I simply paid off my car and saved the rest, being used to making about a third of that amount normally. I didn’t spend anymore than I did when I was making far less. I saved it and lived frugally like I always do.
Minimum wage really does teach that your dollar needs to stretch a long way. Which is why I can write full-time at home. Since my last job actually WAS minimum wage yet again, I can easily make $7.25 an hour and more at home without blinking an eye. If you’re used to bringing in far more than that, I guess working from home doesn’t seem worth it. I’m used to making $1000 a month. If you can’t make that a month online (often I make more) and make it work, then looks like you’re just a little too used to throwing money around.
Sure, where you live is part of it, but even friends of mine who make more than I do live paycheck to paycheck. I’m always a couple grand ahead of myself, because I never buy what I don’t need. Minimum wage taught me this. If my first job was $10 an hour, I’m sure I’d be like a lot of people and buying expensive clothing and shoes and cars. But I didn’t. I made minimum wage and had to stretch out my $700 a month to where it could stretch no more.
The other awesome thing about minimum wage? Your local health clinic will give you a lot of perks as far as medications, checkups, and things like birth control and pap smears. Since I’m self-employed, I don’t pay more than $15 for a visit, and prescriptions are a few bucks.
Everyone should experience minimum wage at least once in their lives. It teaches you to value a dollar. You don’t eat out as much, buy so many clothes, and you choose an affordable car. Once you’ve adapted to a minimum wage lifestyle, you can make even more money and you’ll still live frugally, and be happy with it. I don’t have anything I don’t need, and I don’t need anything. I’ve always got money and can afford to work at home. I even make more money at home, and have more money to set aside for a rainy day. All because minimum wage taught me how to value a dollar.