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## Washington D.C cost of Living on Low Income

COSTS OF LIVING

Housing: What is the price ranges for rented accommodations (per month)? Is heat included?

## Three-bedroom apartment:  \$812 to \$1175

Utilities: Estimate the average monthly charges for a one-bedroom apartment for:

## Heat: \$ 20

Cable: __\$15_________________________________________________________________________________

Other: __________\$25_____________________________(specify)_Internet_______________________

Food: Estimate the costs to feed an adult (20-25) for a month. Estimate the monthly costs to feed a child younger than six years old. What about a teenager?

Child: __\$250_____________________________________________________________________

Teen: ____\$400_________________________________________________________________

Household supplies: What do you estimate the average adult spends per month on household supplies, such as cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, and so on?

Household supplies: __\$150_______________________________________________________________________

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Personal care: What do you estimate an adult spends on average per month, on items related to grooming and hygiene? (Examples are soap, toothpaste, laundry, haircuts, and so on.)

Personal care: ______\$230__________________________________________________________________________

Clothing: Averaging over a 12-month period, what do you estimate an adult spends per month on clothing and footwear? What would it cost per month to adequately clothe a child younger than six years old? What about a teenager?

Child: ______\$200____________________________________________________________

Teen: __\$300__________________________________________________________________

Transportation: Assuming that people need to get around the city, what would the average monthly costs be for an adult, for a child, and for a teen?

Transit:

-          Child: \$50_____________________________________________________________

-          Teen: \$200_________________________________________________               _

Car (costs per month, including gas, repairs, insurance, parking, and so on): _________________\$250________________________________________________________________________

Other transportation: __\$95_____________________________________________________________________

Other daily living costs: What other monthly costs do you think are reasonable? Consider recreation, entertainment, reading material, dining out, presents, postage, indulgences, and so on.

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Entertainment__________________________________________              \$50

Dining out_________________________________________________            \$25

Presents____________________________________________                        \$80

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Postage_________________________________________________                  \$15

Indulgence_______________________________________________               \$250

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