Who gets their food from McDonald's when you're on a tight budget?
You might be able to squeak by if you can a) live with family who charge you little or nothing,
Or live with roommates.
b) work at least 40 hours per week, no exceptions
Sorry I thought this was assumed...
c) and can find a discount food place.
Or shop smart.
Otherwise, you're in big trouble. With the cost of rent in the U.S. averaging $700-1000+ per month per person, in many places,
In the city it is more expensive, true. You might want to check the rent in the "hood" Orthonorm loves referencing, rent is about half there. Hell you could buy a house for 1000 in East Cleveland.
It is perfectly feasible to walk out of the grocer with $30 for a week's worth of nutritious meals. It helps to ask kindly for any "discounted food," you know, bad meat and stale bread. If you work in the hospitality or restaurant biz I'd eat whatever your boss would turn a blind eye to. Say a customer had a tomato on her big mac, and she didn't want to just take the tomato off but wanted a whole new sandwich. You're supposed to throw it away, but the manager has better things to do than tail you to the storage room while you scarf it down. Maybe a chef will have you meet him around back by the dumpsters with freezerburned ice cream or the stumps of broccoli.
The real question is, can spoiled Europeans and North Americans live even close to something like how the rest of the world lives?
*EDIT*- I'm starting to play the game now. Working in the Warehouse seems great, you'd have good hours to work a second shift at another job in the morning, maybe like the prep crew at macdonalds. Your kid can latchkey themselves well enough while you're gone before/after school.
I'm surprised those jobs only pay 9$ an hour though. Many temp and warehouse jobs were going for 11-14 this summer in Cleveland, not exactly a high cost-of-living city.
*EDIT2*- lol $600+ dollars a month for rent living out in the boonies
? Get real... And just because you're closer to the city doesn't mean you're living in a nice townhouse ($800?).