There are 3.3 million Americans who get paid at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
In recent years, many of those 3.3 million Americans have been pushing for an increase in the minimum wage. While economists remain divided on whether minimum wage increase would be a good or bad thing for the U.S. market, workers continue to endure the lifestyle necessary to survive on the minimum wage.
Because there are so many testimonies that you can't make a living working on the minimum wage, some states — such as Washington— have raised theirs to more than $9.
That news might be encouraging for the Americans featured in posts on Whisper, the website that allows people to anonymously share their secrets. In them, several citizens explain what it's like living on the minimum wage.
You can read them below:
Cover image: Spencer Platt / Getty