Frequently Asked Questions: Minimum Wage Challenge

frequently asked questions

I have the distinct feeling that I’m going to get a few comments over and over again for this minimum wage challenge, so it probably makes sense for me to create a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) area. This will allow me to simply link to this FAQs section rather than explain again and again throughout the entire year when these questions arise. So with that in mind, here are the answers to some of the common FAQs already starting to emerged — with others to be added as needed:

“Your sister is stupid, an idiot, a #^$%^#E%^##, etc”

Although it may not always seem like it in my posts, my sister and I get along quite well and have a lot of fun with these bets. I actua


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6 Responses to Frequently Asked Questions: Minimum Wage Challenge

  1. I also thought of Americorps volunteers when I first heard of the challenge. Most of them are making $10-$12k per year in “living stipend”. It’s not a lot to live on and definitely makes you less than minimum wage. When I did my Americorps service year I made $1000 a month. I was working 40 hours per week as a legal assistant at legal services. I think of that as my own personal minimum wage challenge.

  2. Jo says:

    My daughter is in Americorp. She’s a site supervisor on the “Rebuild ________” project. I had to leave that blank for her safety. And yes, you’re right that she’s making that kind of money you mentioned, plus EBT.

    Let me tell you, since college, that girl lives comfortably on a less than minimum wage budget. She’s got a roommate and they split the expenses regarding the apartment they live in.

    For her it is a challenge, but luckily because she loves Americorp, she doesn’t mind the small amount of money she’s earning.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    When I was a grad student I lived on $700/month in D.C. – that was my monthly income as a TA. I had a basement “apartment” that included a bedroom/living room, a half-bath, shared shower and kitchen, shared laundry, shared phone. No cable TV. No car. No movie rentals or movie theater tickets. I walked mostly and used public transportation when necessary. I joined a food co-op and almost never ate out. I almost never shopped except for books once a semester and study supplies when needed. At the time I had plenty of money and almost always had some left at the end of the month. I was lucky and had no medical expenses. I rarely bought new clothes. And DC is filled with free festivals, concerts, shows, etc. for entertainment so I had plenty to do for fun. It can be done, you just need to opt out of a consumer/shopping focused lifestyle.

  4. Debbie M says:

    I bet plenty of people on unemployment or Social Security are also living on a meager income.

  5. Minny says:

    Have you read the book ‘Living More with Less’ by Doris Janzen Longacre. I read it because I read on a blog that it was about living on not much. It was a fascinating read and I would recommend it.

  6. jeffrey says:

    No. I will have to go and check it out. Thanks for the tip.

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