I worked for an elderly woman on a fixed income. Her fixed income was over $4k a month between her dead husbands pension and her retirement. My moms fixed income is $1,300 a month, living in rent controlled housing..she pays about $180 for rent, utilities included. She's on medicaid and gets $141 in food stamps. After bills, she has at least $800 a month to spend on herself. Meanwhile, people who work their butts off are living paycheck to paycheck and can't save anything.