What’s the Cost of Living?

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Your DGB for today is to discover the true cost of living in your area.

Tell me if you’ve heard this one: “Poor people should try cutting back on expenses.” This slice of profound wisdom is usually coupled with pearls like having too many kids/iPhones/cigarettes/luxury cars is the reason people can’t afford housing or health care. And it sure seems like everyone is staring down at a smartphone these days, amirite? So what are the economic facts when it comes to living a modest life in our country? Are people really spending too much on avocado toast? The EPI has compiled massive amounts of data about the cost-of-living in the U.S. and were nice enough to create a handy calculator to tell you what it takes to afford a decent life where you live. The results may surprise you.

Here is the calculator: https://www.epi.org/resources/budget/

Looking up what it takes to get by will likely inspire you to agree that our workers need a raise. The Brookings Institute states that after adjusting for inflation, wages are only 10% higher than they were in the 1970s. Follow up the Grab today by supporting organizations like Fight for $15 that works to increase Federal, state and local minimum wage requirements to $15 an hour. You can support unions by buying their products, telling your politicians to vote for their requests and boycotting companies that treat workers poorly.