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Can You Survive on $1000 a Month?

Your DGB for today is to play SPENT. How much do you know about poverty? Did you know, for example, that according to, 43.1 million people in the United States are currently living below the poverty line? And that line is quite low. It means that families of four are living on less than $24,250 a year. A recent report by the National Employment Law Project helps shed some light on why that is: 42% of workers in the United States make less than $15 an hour. And that $15 an hour only works out to about $29,000 before taxes.

So what do all those fancy statistics mean in real-life terms? How much toilet paper does a low wage job get me? Can I afford health insurance? The paltry minimum wage of $7.25 that the Federal Government mandates needs to be raised, that is certain. Playing the SPENT game will show you why. Could you make it through the month on $1000? Play the game and see the cuts you'll have to make and why raising the minimum wage to a living wage is so necessary.