- Rent: $500 (Moxie doesn't chip in for rent)
- Electricity: $100 avg
- Cell phone: $40
- Groceries (for me and Moxie): $200 (I know it seems like a lot but this is all of my meals for the month...assuming I three square a day it at home)
- Utilities: $20
- Credit card minimum payment: $150
- Health insurance: $100
Now if I work a full 40 hours a week at $7.25 my monthly take home pay (80 hours minus 20% for misc taxes and Social Security) is roughly $928.00. My monthly expenses are $1110. Hmmm...seems like I'm $182 short. Well...huh. I could stop paying my credit card debt. Shit, I'm still $32 short. Huh. Well, I never really get sick so...look I have an "extra" $68 by cancelling health insurance! Boo-yah Jack in the Box here I come!
I'm not exactly sure where I'm going with this exercise (besides being depressing). I guess over the last few years my opinions and viewpoints have shifted - some greatly, some not so much. I used to soapbox about exploiters of welfare and the damned lazy poor, etc. etc. but well I'm pretty much living my life on government handouts. Sure I could be smart and tighten my belt and budget and pull myself up by my bootstraps. It might not be a bad thing if I didn't have the internet or a phone, I might read a book or spend more time in the library (on the internet) or I might be a better person and spend my time helping those who are worse off than me. All of this is something I've had on my mind and it has played into my - admittedly ignorant - political views. I'm still thinking about stuff so please don't go troll on this post but I would love to hear some of your thoughts.
Hope you and yours are well, safe, happy, and had something good to eat today.