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Living Wage Calculator

Living Wage Calculator
In many American communities, families working in low-wage jobs make insufficient income to live locally given the local cost of living. Recently, in a number of high-cost communities, community organizers and citizens have successfully argued that the prevailing wage offered by the public sector and key businesses should reflect a wage rate required to meet minimum standards of living. Therefore we have developed a living wage calculator to estimate the cost of living in your community or region. The calculator lists typical expenses, the living wage and typical wages for the selected location. Select a Location To get started, enter a location into the search box above, or browse to a location using the list below.

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Experts discuss new trend of eating out vs. eating at home It happened this year for the first time ever: Americans spent more money in restaurants and bars than in grocery stores, according to a recent article published by Yahoo! News. In April the U.S. Department of Commerce reported that Americans spent $52.3 billion at restaurants and bars in March, and $49.7 billion in grocery stores. Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips For Frugal Living Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. Confession time: I’m a cheapskate. Some would say frugal, which sounds much more positive, but in reality I can be a real cheapskate. I am fairly frugal (though not always), but sometimes I take it too far: I have T-shirts with holes in them, I never buy new clothes, we’re shopping for a new couch because our current one has holes in it, and I ran my current pair of running shoes until the soles fell off.

Infographic: The True Cost of Homeownership Everyone is talking about how now is a great time to buy a home. And, on the surface, it looks like the perfect time. Home prices are low, and mortgage interest rates remain at near-record lows. There is some argument, though, that it might be better to buy a home in six months; without the home buyer tax credit to help keep home prices higher, some argue that another dip in prices is likely. However, whether you are really ready to buy a home has little to do with what is happening in the housing market; more important is what is happening in your personal finance world. When many people start thinking about purchasing a home, they usually get excited about figuring out how big a house they can get, and use online mortgage calculators to help them estimate monthly payments at a specific interest.

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Sample Average Monthly Budget For a Single Person Or College Student Not long ago I wrote on how to make a budget plan. If you really want a detailed look at how to set up a reasonable budget for yourself then take a look there. If you are learning to budget or just want some easy to follow numbers though then I’ll try to break it down in this post. Since I don’t know your specific situation I’m going to use some very broad assumptions. Frugal Tips - Saving Money Tips “When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful.” -Barbara Bloom You know what one of my favorite things in my house is?

Exodus to the burbs: why diehard downtowners are giving up on the city Once the move is complete, some friendships evaporate immediately. Others die after one token trip. Some friends visit to indulge their rural fantasies. Rich Entrepreneur: The Wealthy Aren’t Job Creators, Middle Class Workers Are By Bryce Covert "Rich Entrepreneur: The Wealthy Aren’t Job Creators, Middle-Class Workers Are" Nick Hanauer On Thursday, entrepreneur and self-described one percenter Nick Hanauer warned Congress that rich people like him aren’t the engines of the economy. In a testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, he explained why, in fact, middle-class workers are the economy’s real job creators: In the same way that it’s a fact that the sun, not earth is the center of the solar system, it’s also a fact that the middle class, not rich business people like me are the center of America’s economy. […]As an entrepreneur and investor, I have started or helped start, dozens of businesses and initially hired lots of people.

Financial Simulations for Young Adults: Making the "Real World" Real Introduction Simulations are a useful tool for teaching personal finance concepts. With realistic information about hypothetical individuals or households, including salaries, educational attainment, marital status, and household expenses, simulations provide an opportunity for students to appreciate the economic impact of a post-secondary education and to practice financial management skills such as check writing and budgeting. In addition, simulations are interactive, which makes learning fun and help develop participants' interpersonal and teamwork skills. Educators serve as facilitators of the learning process (e.g., posing debriefing questions) rather than in the traditional lecture presentation role.

10 Things to Absolutely and Definitely not Buy during the Holidays … Even though the holidays is one mass expense and even though you have tons of gifts to buy, it is also the time of year when retailers try and get us to spend even more by putting everything on sale or splashing special offer stickers all over the shop. AND, because we all love a bargain, many of can’t resist and we might spend far more money than we anticipate in pursuit of what we think is a good deal. I am here, however, to tell you that the great God of Retail is not actually at his benevolent best at this time of year and is likely to be favoring the sellers more than buyers actually realize. So, watch out for those traps that mean a bargain is not all it seems because there are better times of the year to make purchases of certain items. Here are 10 Things to Absolutely and Definitely Not Buy During the Holidays: Back in the 19th century, department stores began the practice of having white sales in January.

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