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Although I enjoyed being a waitress it was very difficult to survive making $2.13 in North Carolina from 2001 to 2004. Even though I had a full time job and followed a budget I could not afford to rent my own apartment and therefore had to live in a room. As an adult and a mother of four kids this was very difficult to deal with, my children had to live with their father. I struggled to pay my bills and had to take on a second job to survive.

I loved my work and being in the restaurant industry but Living Off Tips is extremely difficult.