Tuesday, July 16, 2013


McDonalds is giving helpful advice to their workers so they can live the American dream.

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.

Their solution is to have two jobs, no heat, and live in a place that rents for $600 a month.

Take it from someone who knows a little about household budgeting and budgeting in general: this is Mitt Romney 1% bullshit to think that people can actually live like that.

Here’s a better solution: pay the people more than $8.25 an hour.  Oh, and turn the heat back on.

5 barks and woofs on “McBudget

  1. They have their uniforms, and they have McDonald’s. What do they need with clothes and food?


    Notice how Job #1 (McDonald’s) pays $155.00 less than total expenses. Or is Job #2 the S.O.’s income? In that case they may have to account for two more jobs to cover the heating and haberdashery.

  2. That is the most ridiculous piece of _____ I think I’ve read in a long time. My cleaning person gets $20/hr because that’s a one-woman job requiring skills and judgement plus a strong back and willingness to get down on the knees to do the floors. One would think a counter person or a mop guy at McD’s would maybe make half of that. One would be wrong.

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