Basic math that I knocked out last night:
$820 per month for rent (apartments in Austin can be found as low as $665)
$290 per month for groceries (the average american spends $287 on groceries)
$120 per month for bus (assuming that the bus is being taken 4 times a day - twice there and…
this is like communism. perfect in theory but never in practice.
- you own a car: car payments, gas, maintenance?
- your utilities aren’t included in your rent?
- public transit is nonexistent or cannot get you to work?
- you don’t get paid every week?
- you don’t work 40 hours/week? or even every two weeks?
- you have other bills outside of utilities? cell phone, internet/cable?
- you live in the general parts of America where minimum wage is still $7.25?
- what if the rent for that apartment goes up without notice, as many can do?
- renter’s insurance?
- what if your apartment isn’t fully furnished?
and what about:
- healthcare and medical expenses
- those ‘oh fuck my life’ moments that everybody has that eventually cost money?
- credit card bills?
- student loan debt?
so in general:
- if you’re an average (since that word was used) college student this doesn’t work
- if you have children this doesn’t work
- even if you’re the average adult this doesn’t work
- it’s fucking absurd to leave yourself $10 worth of wiggle room per month, like really that’s asking life to fuck you over