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Times are tough, y'all, and no one is more painfully aware than Ashley Salazar from Season 2B of 16 and Pregnant. The aspiring journalist is currently defending her boyfriend, Justin, who recently moved from Texas to Louisiana to take a job in the garden center at Walmart.

When a follower on Instagram wrote, "I doubt he moved states to work at Target," Ashley fired right back. "Walmart actually God you don't know anything," she quipped.

According to Ash, her man got a 45-cent raise, bringing his salary to $7.50/hour — a quarter over minimum wage in Texas as well as the federally-mandated rate of $7.25. Additionally, Justin has a side career as a tattoo artist and graphic designer, which means he's likely bringing home mucho freelance dinero.

But Ashley knows the dollar amount isn't what's important — it's Justin's unwavering dedication to his family. "So proud of you my love!!!! Making a nice living for us!" she wrote on Instagram.

As for Ash, she's still in school studying journalism, but is considering moving out to Louisiana to join Justin. Only time will tell what the future holds for these Southern sweethearts, but we have a feeling it's all good things. And crawfish. Lots of crawfish.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor