Most employers in my area only offer part time and minimum wage salary. Plus with the monopoly of the Amherst Utilities department and only having electric in our home, it makes it impossible to pay it with the salaries they offer. My boyfriend makes $8.25/hr! How can anyone live off of that?! I work 2 jobs currently, but do not work in Amherst nor do I make minimum wage. But we still cannot make ends meet. Our electricity bill for 1 month was $598. it is just the 2 of us and 2 cats. We are very responsible with our usage of electricity. It is against the law to have a monopoly, but somehow the city of Amherst can get away with this?!?