In 1996, Homer was bringing home $362.19 a week. In 2022 dollars, that's equivalent to $685.16

  1. This explains why Homer has all those crazy get rich quick schemes to get money. Selling grease and Farmer Homer’s Sweet Sweet Sugar, doing the grifts with Bart, and all the others. The man was just trying to support his family the best he could.

  2. Meanwhile while on these adventures he would take long unexplained absences from his actual job, so I'm gonna say he's not the brightest bulb in the pack.

  3. I'm saying you're what's wrong with America, Simpson. You coast through life, you do as little as possible and you leach off decent, hard-working people- like me. If you lived in any other country in the world - you'd have starved to death long ago.

  4. even to this day Grimes entire spiel bothers me on so many levels, Like where we suppose to agree with any part of his statement, he was a ignorant as he claimed Homer was.

  5. And $15k in 1980 was about $55k today. If the average price for a 4BR home in 1980 was $75k ($275k today) then he’d have about a $60k mortgage ($215k today), so for an 9% loan at the time which was about average, his monthly payments on a 30 year fixed mortgage was about $500/month in 1996 dollars.

  6. My math may be off, but I think he made $12 an hour per that stub - not too bad in 1996, minimum wage was $4.75

  7. That's about 2740 a month in today's money. For a family of 5, that isn't much. Burns really is an old miser

  8. That lines up with the early seasons where they have to sell their TV for family therapy or cut what meager enjoyments they have for dog obedience training, where $50 was a blow to their finances.

  9. He’s worked 10 years at the same salary. So that $367.19 (before the bear tax) was based off a 1981 living wage. Of course, Mr. Burns is a miser.

  10. One of these days we'll form a union, and get the fair and equitable treatment we deserve! Then we'll go too far, and become corrupt and shiftless, and the Japanese will eat us alive!

  11. I can vouch for central NY having an economic formula that has many many families living this way including me. I make 22.90 an hour, have a stay at home wife, three kids and a mortgage I'm three years into. Only one car though.

  12. I live in the Twin Cities and we’re about the same. Husband makes about what you make, I’m a SAHM, eight years into a mortgage and two cars. We’re not extravagant but we’re also not complete penny pinchers. It did take us several years of scrimping to get to this point, but we’re comfortable and we do have some savings.

  13. Wtf. Where!? I’m gonna have to make my way upstate. I’d love to own a cabin or something where I don’t have to see anyone for dayssssss.

  14. And he was able to afford for marge to stay home, 2 cars, 2 pets, 3 kids and a bucket of fish heads for the one in the attic. Simpler times

  15. My state (Indiana) has a local (county/city) tax that is administered and collected as part of the state income tax but remitted directly back to the relevant municipality by the state, and the rate varies by the county/city though with heavy regulation by the state. It shows up as a separate line item on some pay stubs, but some just show the combined local+state amount as a single line usually labeled as state tax.

  16. Only a handful cities(usually either really big or really small ones) in the US impose an income tax. Most localities are funded by property taxes.

  17. I'm just confused as to why Homer is having that much deducted (unless he's withholding extra since he has so many side jobs!) for federal income tax. Gross pay of $479.60 per week, 52 weeks per year is $24,939. Assumed married filing jointly, minus $6,700 standard deduction. Minus $7,650 for dependent exemptions. Leaves taxable income of $10,589. 15% rate at the time. Tax of $1,588 if no other deductions. But he's paying $2,925 a year!

  18. Wait..... Springfield Power Company? All these years I've been saying crabapple, I mean the Nuclear Plant!

  19. Everyone seems to forget the money he made and continues to make from “Baby On Board,” and whatever residuals still come in from the Simpsons equivalent of Sirius XM playing Sadgasm on Lithium.

  20. Since we can see the state tax I wonder if it’s possible to narrow down what state they are in. Seems like state taxes are pretty varied and we know what year it was. Now I’m just a simple hyperchicken lawyer so I don’t much mess with them numbers there but maybe if someone more mathematically inclined could take a look.

  21. Even with a paid off house, no student loans, and no health insurance(?), supporting a family of 5 on a net pay of $35,000 does not sound easy.

  22. How the fuck can he afford his alcoholism on that money? Is the Simpsons universe running on a 1940s post WW2 economy? Does Moe only charge like 3c for a beer? Is petrol only like 50c a litre?

  23. Sad thing: now days he would make double I earn as a physician with speciality and master degree 😅🥲... Hurray for America latina...

  24. So I added the totals and he was grossing roughly 479.60 per paycheck and yearly (assuming he's getting paid biweekly) he was making (roughly) $12500 which is like $6.25 hourly.

  25. Explains a lot why the job went to Homer and why he keeps it honestly. Burns knows her can't find anyone who is actually qualified at that rate.

  26. Not as much inflation and no student loans, and this episode was around the time that I think there was a budget surplus? (I was only in grade school at the time so I didn’t pay attention to any of the economy stuff back then).

  27. Here’s a theory: what if we only see the “get rich quick” schemes that didn’t work? What if he had one that did we just never saw it?

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