Raising a Family on Less Than $600 a Month

My post called Don’t Have Kids if You Can’t Afford them has stirred up a little controversy.  I’ve been called everything from “bitter” to “elitist” and accused of class warfare on a couple of forums.  Not so.  There are millions of families that were perfectly comfortable before now experiencing extended unemployment and a reversal of fortune.  Unfortunately there are also plenty of people born into poverty that will continue that cycle.  I’ve spoken quite a bit about generational poverty and ending that cycle.  My contention with that article was to stop and think about where you are right now in your financial situation before making what is always a very emotional decision to have children.

Below is one story of a lady and her child living on $600 per month in New York City.  In her entire life, she has lived free from social services for only one year.  Her son seems like a very intelligent young man, however, the cycle continues.

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7 thoughts on “Raising a Family on Less Than $600 a Month

  • This is amazing. When I think about my own mother and how she turned the same situation around with three kids, I feel very fortunate that she broke the cycle. She put herself through college and landed a great job, but this is not how most of these stories go.

    • It isn’t and unfortunately I don’t think that many people know that. It’s hard to uplift yourself and a subsequent when you’re starting from zero. You have to be incredibly determined and willing to work hard to overcome your beginning.

      This lady’s parents lived as she did and now her son is living the same life. I hope that he gets encouraged enough to try to be a firefighter.

  • That saddens me. I am a single mommy and I don’t know how on earth I could survive on $600 a month. I make way more than that and don’t live on any assistance or anything.

  • It’s definitely difficult but people make it work. I wouldn’t intentionally bring a child into this world while we’re in this situation, but if it does happen, we’ll do whatever it takes.

  • The cycle seems very tough to break. If they can live off $600 a month… hopefully single people around America can figure out how to live off of $1,000/month.

    And then you see folks making $40,000 a year… and struggling. I donno… without debt, I think $40K/year is a solid life. Everything is relative.

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