Nickel And Dimed By Barbara Ehrenreich

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In the novel Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, the author goes on an experiment in which she moves to new towns and becomes a low-wage worker. In each town she has to find a place to live for the amount she can afford each month off of minimum wage jobs. She went undercover so she went into these jobs without showing her level of skills, college degrees, or writing skills she has. She spent a month in each town between the years of 1998 and 2000. Before starting her experiment she set rules for herself which were, “I had to take the highest-paying job that was offered me and do my best to hold it; I had to take the cheapest accommodations I could find, at least the cheapest that offered an acceptable level of safety and privacy”(Ehrenreich, Barbara (2010-04-01). Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (p. 4). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition). When she went on interviews and filled out applications she didn’t put any job experience down and described herself as “a divorced homemaker reentering the workforce after many years” (Ehrenreich, Barbara (2010-04-01). Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (p. 5). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.). Barbara also relied on cars as transportation and never public transportation. When she arrived in Key West, Florida she used her own car and in other cities she rented cars. In regards to homelessness she stated: “I ruled out homelessness as an option. The idea was to spend a month in each setting and see
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