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McDonalds Tells Workers To Budget By Getting A Second Job And Turning Off Their Heat

1:03 pm - 07/15/2013

McDonalds has partnered with Visa to launch a website to help its low-wage workers making an average $8.25 an hour to budget. But while the site is clearly meant to illustrate that McDonalds workers should be able to live on their meager wages, it actually underscores exactly how hard it is for a low-paid fast food worker to get by.

The site includes a sample”‘budget journal” for McDonalds’ employees that offers a laughably inaccurate view of what it’s like to budget on a minimum wage job. Not only does the budget leave a spot open for “second job,” it also gives wholly unreasonable estimates for employees’ costs: $20 a month for health care, $0 for heating, and $600 a month for rent. It does not include any budgeted money for food or clothing.

Basically every facet of this budget is unachievable. For an uninsured person to independently buy health care, he or she must shell out on average $215 a month — just for an individual plan. If that person wants to eat, “moderate” spending will run them $32 a week for themselves, and $867 a month to feed a family of four. And if a fast food worker is living in a city? Well, New York City rents just reached an average of $3,000 a month.

The sample budget is also available in Spanish. On another section of the site, it concludes, “You can have almost anything you want as long as you plan ahead and save for it.”

Neither McDonalds nor Visa returned requests for comment by the time of publication.
Last year, Bloomberg News found that it would take the average McDonalds employee one million hours of work to earn as much money as the company’s CEO. This immense wage disparity in the fast food industry has sparked a series of protests and walk-outs by low-wage workers working at fast food chains around the country — in New York, Chicago, Washington, and Seattle, to name a few cities, workers from chains including KFC, McDonalds, Burger King, and Taco Bell have spoken publicly about the need for serious wage increases across the industry.

(H/T Low Pay Is Not Okay)

callmetothejedi 15th-Jul-2013 09:20 pm (UTC)

I noticed that a line for student loan payments, and a line for groceries are missing from this budget. And how the heck do they figure that people spend $0 on heat? I guess they figure either people don't live where it gets cold, or people are going to be fine with not turning their heat on.

And $800 for spending money? Hah! That's a joke. Even the people I know who make twice the minimum wage don't have $800 in spending money per money because they're busy spending that money on groceries, stuff for their kids, student loan debt payments, childcare/pre-school, etc.
lickety_split 15th-Jul-2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to understand more and more why lots of people from my generation are just flat out not paying back their student loans.
bellichka 16th-Jul-2013 01:15 am (UTC)
Word. I have three, and I just put my two federal ones into forbearance for the next 5 months, at which point they'll go on income-based. I just lost my job, so I'd just rather not dick around with them at all until I get my ish straightened out. I'm still continuing to pay back my private loan, which is abt $250/month, but putting the others on forbearance saved me $750, so... yay?

Basically the federal government is never going to get all of their money back. Student loans will be the next collapse. And I'm okay with it.
wowsolovely 18th-Jul-2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
yeah. I refused to take any student loans but I eventually got desperate unable to find a full time job and going to school I only took out 2 smallish ones but I have no idea when I would be able to even pay back those.
blackjedii 16th-Jul-2013 12:01 am (UTC)
I fully expect to be considered "wealthy" in another five or six years because I have zero loans.

Which terrifies me to no end. o.o
box_of_rocks 16th-Jul-2013 03:17 am (UTC)
I think the groceries and other more "flexible" costs like clothes etc are supposed to come out of that $800. That'd be kind of a silly way to budget though, counting so many things as miscellaneous. As for the heat, they do have an electric budget so if you have electric heat/AC it makes sense. Ish.

The $20 healthcare is the most ridiculous line by far.
wowsolovely 18th-Jul-2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
I love that they think your going to make 2000 from 2 jobs that pay shitty...are these people working 40 hours a week at both?
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