How to Work Full-Time and still be broke.

Here is a small tutorial on how to work full-time to keep yourself occupied, and still not have any money to spend or any way to move out. 

There is just one simple step:

1.) Find a Minimum Wage Job

 

That’s all you have to do. Why is that? How can you work but still not make any money? 

Well, I make $7.25 an hour working at McDonald’s. I don’t get sick days, am expected to work on any holiday I’m scheduled, and if I call off, I just don’t get paid. 

So here are my expenses (by the month):

Rent: $700 (no utilities included, and the cheapest in the area)

Utilities: $110

Groceries: $350 (including tampons, over-the-counter-medicine, etc.)

Prescriptions: $85 (Advair and other medications to keep me alive)

Car Insurance: $75 (liability only)

Gas: $100 (if I only drive to and from work, in my car with 20 mpg city)

Phone: $35

Internet/Cable: $90 (internet is required for school, and cable makes it cheaper)

So altogether, to etch out a meager existence, it costs me $1,545 a month. Granted I can cut out some of those groceries, and live on only pasta, but without a healthy diet I’ll get sick more and miss more work anyways. I could cut off my phone, but how would I call off in case of an emergency? How would I call the police if someone broke into my home? I could cut out internet, but the library isn’t open during the time I am awake, as I work the midnight shift, and I wouldn’t get my homework for school done. This isn’t a budget buying twinkies, purses, elaborate paintings, and fancy cable plans. This is basic cable, simple internet needed for school, minimum car insurance, a sustainable diet, and rarely flicking on the lights or taking longer than a 10 minute hot shower.  

So, let’s do a bit of a calculation and see how much I make a month:

7.25 x 7.5 hrs= 54.38 every time I work a shift, and yes we are required to clock out for 30 minute breaks. 

54.38 x 5= $271.88 every week I work 5 nights a week

271.88 x 2= $543.75 every paycheck, before taxes, working 8 hours a day/5 days a week (40 hours a week). 

I get paid every 2 weeks, so that means $1,087.50 a month before taxes. Whereas my living situation costs $1,545. This means every month I’m short $457.50 for my expenses. 

So what should I cut out? The allergy medication, tampons, general aspirin, etc. that put my $250 grocery bill up to $350? Shall I cut out the apples, the bread, the eggs, the milk, and just eat noodles and instant Mac & Cheese? 

Shall I cut out the medications that allow me to breathe, keep my thyroid levels normal, and allow me to stay healthy and alive? 

Should I drive uninsured? Take the nonexistent bus to work? 

Should everyone working and living on minimum wage be expected to live a bare, unhealthy lifestyle, void of nutritious foods and forced to skimp on things like medication and doctor’s visits just to get by? 

Or, and this may sound crazy….

Should we just raise minimum wage? 

 

 

 

One Word

As an atheist, I’m often asked why I would take offense to hearing “One Nation Under God” as our motto. 

So let’s take you on a walk in an atheist’s shoes. I will show you that by changing one word, we can change America. 

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We are going to replace “God” with “Allah”. Our new nation’s slogan is “In Allah We Trust”. How do you feel about that? You probably wouldn’t care at first. “Oh well,” you say, shrugging your shoulders, “I know where my faith lays.” 

But then as you are walking down the street, you see license plates with “In Allah We Trust” written on them. What if you drop your child off to school, and hear them saying “One Nation under Allah” in the pledge, when you have raised your child Christian. How do you feel about it now? 

After everyone uses Allah in the pledge and the motto for about 60 years, people start to forget that wasn’t always the motto. People begin thinking that is the motto the founding fathers came up with. People think they all decided, together, that this nation would always place its faith in the almighty Allah. 

But this country has strayed from Allah’s word. Christians have built a church next to Ground Zero, and have a cross proudly displayed in its ruins. Women are free to divorce, and walk around without wearing head coverings. 

No, this is not good at all. Allah is surely angry with us, for straying from his word. People are no longer allowed to say “Happy Ramadan” to each other in the streets, because it might offend the other religions. Now we must say “Happy Holidays”, even though this country was founded on Muslim beliefs, we are forced to change OUR heritage for these immigrants, forced to take down displays of our favorite Qur’an passages, forced to take our faith indoors, and worship alone. 

People begin to fight back. They want to honor their god in public. They want to make prayer time in schools mandatory. Of course, the Christians are free to pray to their god instead of Allah, but the teacher should lead the good little Muslim children in traditional prayer from our holy book, otherwise their minds might wander. How do you, Christians, feel now? 

Of course, the problem isn’t just in school. Christians are attacking the very right to express our religion. They mock our beliefs, draw pictures of our prophet, and have their own protests. They have made us take down anything having to due with Islam in schools and federal places. But this is a Muslim country. Our founding fathers would be disappointed in how far we have fallen. This is one nation under Allah, who trusts in Allah, follows his rules. We should begin to put his rules into law, so these Christians who keep flowing in can’t take our country too far from our roots. 

We’ve passed many bills. Bills saying women should have to wear head coverings, and the Muslim theory of creation is going to be taught in science classrooms (not the Christian one though), and the bill to outlaw divorce, which even the Christian holy book says is against the rules. 

What has happened to our America? Now that we have to fight just to keep close to Allah? We shouldn’t be forced to hide our faith. We should be allowed to teach our children our religion in school. The Christian parents can do it at home. It won’t hurt their kids to hear the truth anyways. As a matter of fact, why are they allowed to tell us what we can put in public, and what we can teach our children? Allah is surely punishing us for our blasphemy by unleashing hurricanes and tornadoes upon us, sending floods and storms to warn us of our disobedience. Christians being allowed to freely worship in the streets, husbands being allowed to kiss their wives that aren’t wearing head coverings. This is not what Allah has planned for this country. 

Allah bless America, one Nation under Allah. In Allah we trust.