Ohio teacher reveals she has THREE jobs and still can’t pay her rent

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A teacher has revealed that she has been working three different jobs to pay her bills and still cannot afford to pay her rent.

Lexie Firment, 22, of Cleveland, Ohio, is a first-year middle school teacher who, like many other teachers, was forced to get multiple jobs to cover her expenses because her teacher’s salary wouldn’t cut it. not.

Lexie took to TikTok to share her ‘teacher to waiter second job story’ where she posted a video of herself dancing with overlaid text that read: ‘Today two tables don’t bother me didn’t tip, I have $1,600 rent due in 15 days, and I cried in the middle of the day today. I can’t wait to play in the restaurant and I broke the teacher again tomorrow.

Lexie Firment, 22, from Cleveland, Ohio, revealed she was working three different jobs to pay her bills and still couldn’t pay her rent despite being on a teacher’s salary.

The middle school teacher shared in a viral TikTok that she often had to 'play restaurant and broke teacher' because her salary was so low

The middle school teacher shared in a viral TikTok that she often had to ‘play restaurant and broke teacher’ because her salary was so low

Lexie revealed that she works three jobs, which is typical for beginning teachers in Ohio who earn around $25,000 a year.

Lexie revealed that she works three jobs, which is typical for beginning teachers in Ohio who earn around $25,000 a year.

The middle school teacher asked for help in her sad caption: ‘You all, I just can’t today. My venmo is lexiefirment.’

In a second video, Lexie shared that in addition to teaching and serving, she also works for Instacart, which is a grocery delivery company, to earn extra money.

The text overlay read, “Going straight from service to Instacarting all night because I refuse to settle for less than I want for myself on a teacher’s salary.”

The middle school teacher further revealed that she had sacrificed her sleep schedule to cover expenses and added that she was ‘tired’ but ‘had rent’ due.

Lexie noted that once she got a teaching job, she then got a “second job” because she couldn’t “afford life on a teacher’s salary”, and has even made another video advising other teachers to “Instacart or nanny” just to do the Meat endings.

And with rent prices soaring like never before, Lexie isn’t the only teacher sacrificing her sleep just to afford her lifestyle.

According to Ohio Education Associationan entry-level teacher’s salary can range from $25,671 to $31,715, which is $20,182 less than the annual living wage of $45,853 in Ohio.

The housing crisis has pushed Ohio’s monthly rent prices up 12.3% over the past year, bringing the typical rent for a one-bedroom apartment to $1,219.

In a video, Lexie shared that as soon as she got a teaching job, she got a second job.

She added that she could not afford

In a video, Lexie shared that as soon as she got a teaching job, she got a second job and added that she couldn’t afford “life on a teacher’s salary.”

Many users shared their experiences in the comments section of Lexie's video, and one even said he was a teacher by day and a janitor by night.

Many users shared their experiences in the comments section of Lexie’s video, and one even said he was a teacher by day and a janitor by night.

The cost of becoming a teacher: is it REALLY possible to live on the salary of an educator in Ohio?

  • According to the Ohio Education Association, an entry-level teacher’s salary can range from $25,671 to $31,715, which is $20,182 less than the annual living wage of $45,853 in Ohio.
  • Although Ohio is considered one of the states with the lowest cost of living, the state suffered the consequences of the housing crisis and saw a 12.3% increase in the price of rents .
  • With rising rent prices, after paying rent, teachers usually only have about $500 to use for other expenses, including groceries and gas.
  • In a survey of 1,200 teachers by the Teacher Salary Project, 82% of teachers said they had to juggle multiple jobs just to make ends meet.

If Lexie made $25,671 or $2,139 per month before taxes, which is the average entry-level salary for a teacher, she would have just over $500 left over after paying her $1,600 rent to pay for school. groceries, gas and other necessary expenses.

Inflation sent commodity prices skyrocketing, including prices for meat and poultry, which rose 10.4%, grains, 15.1%, and fruits and vegetables, by 8.1%.

Gasoline prices are another pressure point for many people across the country, up nearly 60% in the past year, with the cost of airfares up more than 34% and the used car prices up more than 7%.

Clothing costs increased by 5.2%, overall housing costs increased by 5.5% and delivery services increased by 14.4%.

And although Ohio is reported as one of the states with the lowest cost of living, the state has suffered the consequences of the housing crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to United States Interagency Council on HomelessnessOhio has an average of 10,655 homeless people every day.

To avoid the effects of the housing crisis, many teachers like Lexie also held multiple jobs.

In a survey of 1,200 teachers by the Teacher Salary Project82% of teachers said they had to juggle multiple jobs just to make ends meet, and at the time of the survey, 53% of teachers said they had multiple jobs.

And although comments were disabled on her original video, TikTok users shared their similar experiences while working in education and one user even shared what he believed to be a harsh reality for Lexie .

“I always wanted to be a teacher but I’m afraid of money,” said one user.

Another user added, “I have 2 other jobs besides teaching, including being a night janitor at my school.”

“Girl you don’t have a lifestyle cause you just work lol pick a job,” a third user commented.

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