How Much Is Enough?
What does it take to make ends meet in your city? All across the tricounty, the answers to those questions differ.
For our project called How Much Is Enough?, reporter Wilson Sayre takes the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty to explore how far we've come in South Florida, and who is winning the fight.
We asked our Public Insight Network to tell us how much is enough to maintain their lifestyle, and people responded with needs ranging from $700 to $1,200 per month. Click on the button below to see all the answers, and measure where you rank.
HEAR YOUR STORIES
Click through the audio postcards below, in which sources for our project will tell you their experiences getting by in South Florida.
Gary Rosenberger says it was easier for him to know his limits before he came into wealth, but he still keeps a modestly frugal mindset.
Robert Velez is a marketing manager in Kendall who says his family tries to travel and eat out regularly, but gas is always a big deal.
At this point, what's your biggest expense?
Jeanette says "enough" doesn't mean money. It means knowing your kids are going to eat this month.
Porpoise Evans is an attorney who doesn't think any two-income family can support itself working full time at minimum wage. Do you need food assistance?
Transportation for Eduardo is free because he's retired and can ride mass transit with a seniors pass.
Emily says Miamians spend almost 60 percent of income in housing and transport. She loves taking the bus. Do you?
Steve in Kendall says his family's expenses keep going up, as, he says, do everyone else's. He says, "Somebody's gotta pay for those unneeded ballparks."
Vivian, also in Kendall, says she's living paycheck-to-paycheck. Hear their stories below.