The NYT visualization group is at it again, making this fantastic Can You Live on the Minimum Wage? interactive feature, that looks very much inspired by XKCD's Money comic.

I luck out with a tiny amount of discretionary savings due to all sorts of privileges, but there's absolutely no cushion for most people.

ETA: breakfastattiffanysgirl rec's the brilliant game spent. Beautifully done and somewhat horrifying, it does a good job of showing how critical support systems become for people in poverty, who often don't have those support systems simply by virtue of being in poverty.