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Why The Poor Stay Poor (And My 29 Cent Raise)

July 22, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

Today my company gave out raises.

I didn’t have much expectations for what I would receive as my starting salary was low and when that’s the case, I usually assume a company is pretty cheap. Not to mention they didn’t hand out a Christmas bonus, thank you card, or pat on the back of any kind this past winter, so I’d say calling my company cheap is a pretty safe bet.

Ladies and gentleman…

I received a 29 cent raise. A 2% raise or so I’m told.

When the HR Manager told me the amount of increase I received this year, I gritted my teeth, smiled, said okay, and went back to my desk. Alone at my desk, I laughed quietly.

If there is any chance of decreasing the gap between the rich and the poor, helping college students pay off debt after they graduate, improve the overall likelihood of people buying homes, cars and various non-necessities that seem to keep our economy afloat, I think there needs to be a little bit more handed out than 29 cent raises and 12 to 14 bucks an hour starting wages.

Or like a friend of mine told me today, I am lucky to have a job. And I am. But some days that isn’t enough.

Meanwhile, I’m taking the bus home tonight and I’ll be sure to save that extra 29 cents in my piggy bank.



  1. Kingbraswell says:

    I think that the poor stays poor because we keep working for others. We have to learn to create our own income. I was out of work for a year and a half starting in 2008, I began to learn the meaning of hustle. I researched how to make money from home, Sold clothes and the local flea market, and did all sorts of LEGAL things to get paid. I will never in my life just settle for what somebody pays me, I learned to keep a side hustle that no one can take from me.

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