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Could You Live on $9 An Hour ? Play The Game To Find Out

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The economy is tough now, and everyone has had to make adjustments to get by. But what if you made only $9 an hour ? Maybe that’s how much you do make, or maybe you make much more and still think it’s not that big of a deal. Check out this game to see just how well YOU would survive.

The game is interspersed with facts about the choices people with very little money are making every day, and the consequences of those choices.

Most Americans know the facts about low-wage work, but many have been lucky enough to avoid actually having to live on $8 or $9 an hour.

A computer game called Spent gives you the opportunity to see what it would be like to walk in a poor person’s shoes.

The game, by an advertising firm called McKinney and Urban Ministries of Durham, N.C., starts with a choice: Would you like to be a server, a warehouse worker or a temp?

From there, the choices get more difficult.

Should you pay to get your pet medical care, or let the animal suffer?

Should you go to the dentist or suffer yourself and save some bucks?

You can play the game by clicking here and see how long you last before you’re Spent. It took me less than 5 minutes, and I was being pretty stingy. No ice cream for my pretend kids AND  an at home root canal over a dentist visit lol and I still ended up Spent ! Go ahead, take a few minutes to see how you would do and see just what it would be like to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.

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