No discretionary income, no spending
My kudos too to Kelvin McCulloch of Buckerfield’s for trying to pay Bucky staff something closer to the living wage. I only wish I had applied at the store when I was recently looking for work.
Where I now am pays more than minimum but, at my rate, full time employment would give me about $1,850 per month, after tax. Our rent, with utilities factored in, is about $1,475 per month. Insurance and telephone are another $230. Then there are transportation expenses and food.
The only reason we survive is because my husband is getting old age pension.
What those businesses which haven’t gone Mr. McCulloch’s way should realize is, when your day-to-day expenses eat up all of your earnings, you don’t have the means to go eat out, buy a new car, buy new clothes, etc. It’s a good thing I actually like used items — life would be dreary otherwise.