No sympathy here, and Im about to become one of those minimum wage people

1. Perhaps if they were not eligible for food stamps, medicaid, free lunch, section 8 etc, they would not work there or at least, companies would have to pay more to attract workers. Basic supply and demand. The reality is, I volunteer to work at that wage, and sadly, too many have figured out how to milk the system.

I taught english as a second language at a company which was offering ESL classes to their workers so they would be promotable. Even once they became fluent, no one would accept a promotion if it meant they were paid more than $45k a year. Why? Because once you go over $50k all your govt sponsored benefits cease. So why would they trade a promotion making $52k a year when they can make $45k and get free food, free medical, housing 65% of market, free lunch, free breakfast, and cash aid?

2. Give me a break that it is the “adults” who are “forced” into these jobs. My teenage kids have been rejected from being hired at these jobs more times than they can count. Why? Because we have regulated teenage work hours to “save them from slavery” to the point no one will hire them. That includes my (credit wise) college 4.0gpa junior who is 16, finished high school 2 years ago, and still cant get a job at a fast food place because “she has to have a work permit.” Ds~now~18 fudged his age this summer (when he was 17) so he could get hired at an ice cream store. He was lucky they are a franchise and the owners operate under common sense.

August 11, 2016 | Category: message

I am proud that my kids are getting the message

They may only be 6 and 7, but they understand the importance of saving for things. Even my son, who has very severe ADHD, understands that he needs to save money if he wants something. We just started an allowance system that is a base amount (5 dollars) with chance to earn more for doing extra chores. Each week, they put one dollar into their long term savings piggy bank. The rest they can choose what to do with. They are also deciding to sell some of their toys that they don’t want anymore. My daughter wants an American Girl doll and she is saving for it. She already has 92 dollars saved. My son is saving for something electronic, like an i touch. They are choosing not to use their money for those impulse buys and I am so proud of them.

They say that the best thing a mom can do in life is to teach her children well. That is my goal for my kids and I think that they are getting the message with money. I really hope that they can avoid making my mistakes and we are on the right track. I am a very happy mom today.

September 27, 2015 | Category: message