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McDonald’s decided to teach its employees how to create a budget. But in doing so, the company may have inadvertently done something else: Shown that it’s nearly impossible to make a living off the minimum wage. This budget:
assumes the worker is working two jobs.
surmises that health insurance costs $20 a month.
doesn’t include child care, groceries, clothing or gas for the worker’s car.
Heating is 0 dollars a month?
The health insurance line item may be the most absurd. As this video points out — is that $20 for Bandaids and nine aspirin a month? The average national health insurance premium for an individual is $215 per month. As far back as 2010, even McDonald’s own plan for its workers cost $14 a week, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Also, that missing gas expense? In 2012, the average American family spent almost $250 a month on gasoline, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
McDonald’s told ThinkProgress, “The samples that are on this site are generic examples … intended to help provide a general outline of what an individual budget may look like.”
Some people also believe that McDonald’s budget sample will help bolster the argument in favor of raising the minimum wage.
“[The budget] shows that what they’re paying is something you can’t live on — that people have to have two jobs, and much higher wages in order to support themselves,” says Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute and a labor-market economist. “They demonstrated, inadvertently, that they don’t pay a living wage.”

McDonald’s decided to teach its employees how to create a budget. But in doing so, the company may have inadvertently done something else: Shown that it’s nearly impossible to make a living off the minimum wage. This budget:

  • assumes the worker is working two jobs.
  • surmises that health insurance costs $20 a month.
  • doesn’t include child care, groceries, clothing or gas for the worker’s car.
  • Heating is 0 dollars a month?

The health insurance line item may be the most absurd. As this video points out — is that $20 for Bandaids and nine aspirin a month? The average national health insurance premium for an individual is $215 per month. As far back as 2010, even McDonald’s own plan for its workers cost $14 a week, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Also, that missing gas expense? In 2012, the average American family spent almost $250 a month on gasoline, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

McDonald’s told ThinkProgress, “The samples that are on this site are generic examples … intended to help provide a general outline of what an individual budget may look like.”

Some people also believe that McDonald’s budget sample will help bolster the argument in favor of raising the minimum wage.

“[The budget] shows that what they’re paying is something you can’t live on — that people have to have two jobs, and much higher wages in order to support themselves,” says Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute and a labor-market economist. “They demonstrated, inadvertently, that they don’t pay a living wage.”

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