I was living off tips for 10 years in Florida and Virginia. I barley made rent some months let alone afford an education. After moving to Seattle, Washington I was shocked to learned that servers made a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Within one year I paid all my debt off and saved a couple thousand dollars. I put myself through massage school, which lead me to an administrative position at that school. 8 years later, I have a full time job with a good salary, heath care, a 401K, and plans to buy my first home. I am proof that a livable wage makes a difference.