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It's a great time to be a Washingtonian. Yesterday Washington's minimum wage raised from $9.04 an hour to $9.19 an hour. The new wage, which

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25 Things You Can Buy Thanks to Washington's New Minimum Wage

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It's a great time to be a Washingtonian. Yesterday Washington's minimum wage raised from $9.04 an hour to $9.19 an hour. The new wage, which was created to reflect a 1.67 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), now makes Washington the state with the highest minimum wage followed by Oregon at $8.95 per hour.

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Unfortunately since I am an intern making no income, I really won't be reaping the benefits of this change. However for those of you who are going to be making 15 cents more per hour, it's truly time to celebrate (if you still aren't tired from those New Year's Eve festivities). Looking at the final three days of this week alone, assuming that a person making the new minimum wage works 10 hours per day, the individual will make $4.50 more than they would have the last three days of 2012.

Now while some might suggest saving your extra minimum wage earnings, that just sounds boring. Therefore we have compiled a list of 25 different things you can waste the $4.50 extra you will make the rest of this week if you work 10 hours per day at minimum wage. Spend away.

1. Emergency Toilet Seat Covers

Price: $3.95

For those of you out there who have to use public restrooms more often than you would like.

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2. Hipster Mustache

Price: $4.49

Regardless if this should be really considered a hipster mustache, how could you not want to wear this on your face?

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3. Made With Love Sandwich Bags

Price: $4.47

Putting those 'I love you' notes in your partner or child's lunches is so when the minimum wage in Washington was $9.04. Just say it with lipstick kiss imprinted sandwich bags.

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4. Yellow Submarine Shaped Reusable Ice Cubes

Price: $2.95

Now all your drinks can be Beatles approved.

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5. Zig-N-Zag Ball

Price: $1.99

If you decide to use your $4.50 for your cat, this is a must have.

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6. Portion-Cooking Spoons w/ Measuring Grooves

Price: $1.99

Why have all those different measuring spoons clutter your kitchen when you can get away with just two?

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7. Maze Pen

Price: $2.99

Instead of actually doing your work, now you can look like you are doing your work while really playing with your pen.

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8. Astronaut Ice Cream

Price: $3.49

Real ice cream is super boring. Make your new years resolution this year to be more out of this world.

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9. Instant Snow

Price $3.49

While some might argue Seattleites aren't the best at handling snow, in a controlled event this small dosage might be perfect for the hankering of winter white.

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10. Pickle Lip Balm

Price: $2.95

Just what any person needs to 'dill' up their love life.

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11. Santa Suit Napkins

Price: $3.75

So the holiday season might be done now. But that doesn't mean you can't support Santa all year long with festive, nice-list-approved napkins.

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12. Spam Band-Aids

Price: $3.95

America's most multi-dimensional food is more than a delectable meat and furniture cleaner. It helps cover whatever cut you might get.

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13. Blue Mouth Candy

Price: $0.99

April Fools Day will be here before you know it, making now the perfect time to stock up on prank items. And what's better than giving a friend or fellow work colleague a blue mouth.

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14. Inflatable Toupee

Price: $3.95

A stylish answer for any man with a receding hairline.

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15. Wedding Ring Shot Glass

Price: $3.99

Let's get real, wedding rings are extremely expensive and don't really do much besides look pretty. So why not show your eternal love to your future partner that serves a critical need: getting drunk.

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16. Umbrella Hat

Price: $3.95

2012 was one of the wettest years ever in Washington. To be prepared for similar precipitation levels in 2013 this is the perfect headgear.

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17. Totally Wasted Gum

Price $1.49

While unfortunately this gum doesn't actually help you get totally wasted, it's clear that liquor is expensive. So if you want to get that super buzz but can't afford it, slurring a few words and showing all your friends this gum box should have them convinced your shit-faced.

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18. Pizza Saver Pizza Bag

Price: $3.99

While your traditional Ziploc bag could perform the same task and hold a lot more than one piece per bag, this is just so much more festive.

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19. Perpetual Kid Can Grip

Price: $2.49

Cans are so not classy. But cans with handles on them are the epitome of class.

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20. Whistle Candy

Price: $2.99

You probably can whistle, though now you can whistle while eating candy.

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21. Quaffer Shot Glass

Price: $3.75

Always annoyed that when your having a shot you have to have a second glass for your chaser? Well now you don't thanks to this super efficient 2-in-1 drinking object.

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22. Bacon Wrapping Paper

Price: $3.99

For the true bacon lover in your life.

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23. Squirrel Coffee Cup

Price: $4.49

I'm sure squirrels are regularly coming around your house looking for a nice cup of joe before a hard day of tree climbing. Now you can serve them the perfect amount.

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24. Black Cotton Swabs

Price: $ 4.49

Color is critical in cotton swab selection. So make sure your swabs are stylish like these black ones.

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25. Waffle & Syrup Soap

Price $4.49

Never have time to eat breakfast and shower in the morning? While you still can't do both, at least now you can think about eating breakfast while showering with this soap. It could only get better if it was pancock soap.

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