This post brought to you by AAG who has written about the cost of living.
The Cost of Living these days
As someone who’s never been able to just be a stay at home mom because of income, cost of living is very important to me. I always wanted to be a mom. I only ever wanted to have children. Despite that fact I’ve always had to work. I was a stay at home mom for about 2 years because of trying to get pregnant and stay that way. I ended up on bedrest and was allowed to stay at home per the doctors advice. My hubby wants me to be at home and always has but I have to bring in money for that to happen. I’d say the largest reason I have to work is because of healthcare costs. And it always has been that way. We pay around $800/mo for healthcare in this country. When your healthcare is more then your house note there is a problem.
How much has the Cost of Living increased?
Check out this great infographic that shows you the change in then and now by clicking on each picture in the link. The cost of living in America from 1963 to now is astounding. For instance a house in 1963 costs only $19,300 and now runs $152,000. That’s a huge difference. But our minimum wage hasn’t moved that much at all. It went from $1.25/hr to $7.25/hr. Why has the minimum wage not gone up with our cost of living? A movie ticket then was .85 and now it’s more than $8.05 per ticket. That’s incredible. I’m just confused why the costs rise so fast in some areas and stays still longer in others? What did you think when you checked out the infographic? Were you surprised at some?