Ancient Roman cost of living

They have things taken out of their paycheck as well so it isn’t that far off for take-home cash.

At most they will have 20% taken out which still doesn’t get you down to the cost of a cup of house joe.

Much closer to the $2/cup around me, and sometimes more. Going into fancy things can get you easially up over $4. And remember that’s plus tax.

Now if you take a wage of $5.15, then take out taxes, yes I can see that a cup of coffee at Starbucks can be greater then 1 hrs work.