A staggering 61% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to cover essential living expenses, as per a LendingClub report. Moreover, 72% feel financially insecure, and over a quarter believe they’ll never achieve financial stability, according to Bankrate. This financial strain isn’t new; since 1979, wage growth for the bottom 90% has been a mere 15% compared to the top 1%’s 138% surge. With the recent concerns about inflation and rising interest rates, this issue is magnified. The average worker’s take-home pay is approximately $3,308 monthly. Yet, the median rent takes up about 61% of this, and essential expenses like food and health further strain budgets.