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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:39 AM

So my wife and I are the working Poor? We make about $1,800 a month. If we are lucky $31,000 a year.

Our new place we are renting is about $475 a month. We had only been paying $300 a month. (We live in the rust belt--Western PA)


Yeah sometimes my wife and I have a little trouble making ends meet BUT I just figured we would be lumped into lower middle class.

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Reply So my wife and I are the working Poor? We make about $1,800 a month. If we are lucky $31,000 a year. (Original post)
diabeticman Dec 2012 OP
In_The_Wind Dec 2012 #1
Harry_Scrote Dec 2012 #2
baldguy Dec 2012 #3
Warren Stupidity Dec 2012 #4
SoCalDem Dec 2012 #5
Sherman A1 Dec 2012 #6
trumad Dec 2012 #7
Barack_America Dec 2012 #8

Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:48 AM

1. It looks like the term "middle class" is becoming obsolete.

It's amazing how far I can stretch our food dollars. I love my crockpot.

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Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:54 AM

2. Hugs

...Fellow working poor here.

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Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:57 AM

3. There's the über-wealthy Top 1% - then there's everyone else.

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Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:05 AM

4. The problem is inflation distortion. Divide by 10.

Now you have a clearer picture of your real income.

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Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:19 AM

5. Definitions are deliberately "fuzzied"..

Middle class & small business are the two worst that come to mind..

Both are horribly mis-applied.

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:06 AM

6. Agreed

they are really so.

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Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:12 AM

7. Feel awful for you and your wife..

I've often thought of what I would do in your situation...

Move from the area? Cost money to do that, and where would you move.

Get gov assistance and hit a technical school? Time, money---not sure how old you are?

Again--- it's easy to make suggestions from where I sit--- but man it must be hard for you.

Keep fighting the fight.

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Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:15 AM

8. I'd say you're lower middle class.

Above the 2012 poverty line for a two-person family.

But, in reality, it all depends how much "stuff" you buy. If you buy a lot of "stuff", then yeah, you're probably working poor.

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