My name is Christine and I make $10/hr as a cashier at Wal-Mart. I work almost forty-hours per week. I plan to continue working at Wal-Mart and maybe make a career out of that. I like my jobâ€”I like my manager and the people that I work with.
I live in a two-bedroom apartment with my boyfriend and his mother. We split rent, utilities, and groceries three ways. Our rent is $1,250 per month, and Section 8 pays $91 dollars towards that, so we each pay $385 for rent.
My boyfriend also works. We would like to save up and get our own apartment. I have a savings account and I do put a little bit of money into that as soon as I get my paycheck. Saving enough to get an apartment is going to take some time.
Iâ€™m seventeen years old. I started working when I was fifteen. When people talk about teenagers developing work skills and taking starter jobs, I do understand where theyâ€™re coming from. You have to start somewhere. But if you donâ€™t have the money to make the money, then how are you going to make it on your own without any adult there to support you?
I donâ€™t have health insurance. My work does offer it, but I canâ€™t afford it right now. I think that everyone should have health and dental insurance. [Editorâ€™s Note: The subjectâ€™s name has been changed to protect the privacy of the individual.]