Surviving on minimum wage

Feb 17, 2014

As most of us know, it’s not easy getting by on minimum wage, and in some places it’s not possible. The New York Times provides a calculator to see how challenging it can be.

A simple visual on the right shows dollars made per year, one box per dollar colored green initially and then red to signal debt. It’s a good way to make the numbers more relatable. Select a state, enter expenses, and watch dollars disappear, and most likely you’ll end up in the red early.

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