If it's only for food, soap, toilet paper etc. then sure it would be easy if you ain't to picky
*English isn't my main language*
I just keep that shit private because it's mapped with my GPS bike computer and I don't necessarily like the idea of throwing my home / work location and the routes and times I take out to every internet stranger.
Food is as (if not more) expensive as other countries.
36.75$ /day for 30 days = 1102$/month = 6.88$ for a normal working hour.
The MEDIAN wager in my country is 3.2$/hour(6.4$ for a family). That sounds like what the median citizen makes here... and they get that without working. You get to that point if you are lucky here so most people will live off far less for almost their entire life.
you poor poor thing, makes me wanna get to your place and cook you some good food
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Pot noodles are awful though yes, but real ramen is yum.
[08:44:11] Kurioxan: as long they get big im alright with that
Cooking it in a frying pan and eating it like fried noodle also works
If you exclude rent charges, then you could definitely exist on £35 a day, but I wouldn't call it living.
If you include rent (£700 per month / 23.33 per day) though, you would need to claim some sort of benefits to help out.
Well, $35 per day is roughly 12,775 per year or 1064 per month, if you go by total days in the year and not just working days. Here in the states, a single person with extremely frugal living could probably get by. A lot of it depends on where you live. Getting only 1064 per month pretty well negates you from home ownership or even buying a car (you could probably buy a beater that's going to cost you more in repairs), so then you're limited in places you can live. If you didn't need a job (aka the 1064 was your only income), then you could live in a rural area and rent a place for about 400 per month. Leaving 600 per month for various expenses, which is actually pretty doable.
However, a completely single person in the states isn't going to qualify for welfare (again depends on where you live). So, you have to factor in having a child. So, you get 1064 per month to help supplement the income. So, if you can get a job at about $7.45 (which I believe is minimum wage here), then you make roughly 15,500 per year. Couple that with the nearly 13k per year from assistance and you're at around 28k per year (this is all gross no taxes/benefits taken out). For the sake of the argument, let's say you live in a one bedroom apartment, and you give the room to your child while you sleep on the couch. A place in a decent area (mostly crime free) will run you around $600 per month. So about 7,200 per month. What's going to kill your expenses is child care. In the district my daughter goes to, the before and after school program runs around $17 per day so 85 per week roughly. That's not too horrible for child care. Except for the days when school is closed or they are off for the summer. Then child care will roughly cost you 30 per day or $150 per week. So, 400-600 per month for child care seems like a pretty fair assessment. So 3200 for 8 months in school and 2400 for the 4 months they are not in school, so like 5600. So this brings us down to roughly 15k left for the year. Gotta figure in grocery, and eating mostly healthy since you have a child, will probably run 300 per month (maybe less depending on what you get). So this brings us down to about 12k left for the year. Which will need to cover bills, clothes, medical expenses, a little fun time, etc. Completely just estimating costs given prices of stuff in my area (town in a metro area, but just rural enough to not be completely overpriced with decent job opportunities in town so you don't have to have a car).
It's probably doable. It would be really tight, and you would have to be creative as all get out, but it's mostly doable. Of course, you'd have to find a job that's M-F with daytime hours, which can be tough if you're in a situation where you need welfare. Sadly, any major economic emergency (job loss, food costs hyper-inflating, additional child care costs, emergency medical bills) would result in you going into a dire situation. If it was just me and my daughter placed in that type of a situation, I know I could do it, but I would hate life and I would hate that my child would have to go through something like that. Which makes me super grateful that my wife and I work in a field that was mostly recession proof (medical field). However, I have an contingency plan if either were to lose our jobs for any reason, which basically consists of cutting any and all luxury costs (aka netflix, multiple mmo accounts, etc).
This August, I biked with two friends to Croatia. We slept outside every day. It took us three weeks in total, 9 days trip there, 5 days at the sea and 6 days back. We also biked though the Slovenian and Croatian mountains. We bought food in supermarkets, but we bought a lot of luxurious food at the seaside restaurants, and a few times during the trip too.
The average cost of every day was 250kč, which is about 13 dollars. I definitely could, if you're willing to pay us a rent while we travel around the world, let us know, we'll gladly take your money.
Last edited by Uzi; 2013-01-03 at 04:35 PM.