The main way to save money as a low wage earner is simply not to eat.
I've said this for years now, and that is
If not for thy stomach I'd probably be a millionaire by now
Original sentiment, so if hear anywhere else, like most concepts, remember you heard it here in the zone first.
But anyways, ye, thy stomach is the bulk of our monthly expenses, followed by everything else.
I mean If I spend on clothing what I spend of food, I'd never have to wear the same shirt twice in a year and so on.
The problem with the working poor class is that most in that 'class' labor for a living and when one labors, one burns calories, which creates appetite.
I was off for 5 days, returned to work today, and suddenly appetite came back like a Lion cause I was working again, and physical labor type jobs require energy, or you start feeling drained and all.
Most people who labor for a living, drive trucks, construction, welders, shop work and more, can spend around 2-400 dollars a month just on junk food, at lunch time, and not even realize it.
Pack a lunch...duh. Easier said than done, but things have to become a habit in life in order for it to work.
Not only that, but the chemicals in store bought foods, chips, sugary drinks, sweets and more, are addictive, is why even though many do pack lunches, still end up getting high dose of sodium (and other addictive chemicals) by still buying chips at lunch. (like crack cocaine of food).
Natural foods can seem boring and bland next to the stuff you can by in corner store while at lunch.
I've forced myself into the habit of making next days lunch as soon as I get in, it's the first thing I do, cause if I don't, after a few beers, this that, I won't feel like it.
Not only that but allows me to sleep in longer in morning, cause if wait till morning to prepare lunch, forget about it, you're usually to grogy to care.
Also, for years, to proud to shop at 'Dollar Stores', not anymore, maybe to lazy, but not to proud.
You'd be suprised how far 3-5 cans of $1 dollar tuna can go, or 1 dollar frozen this and that, or 1 dollar burritos or 1 dollar cans of chili, greens, this and that.
(The above mainly applies to people who are single and get zero Gov benefits what so ever)
When single and have no help from no one, you're your only life line, for once broke, you may as well be dead to people.
Sad but true, so don't allow self to go broke, cause the credit card companies you go broke for won't give a crap once you're actually broke, always take care of self first.
That's not 'evil', it's just survival.
It's not your fault that living expenses cost more than your ability to generate income for.