Nickel And Dimed : On ( Not ) Getting

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“Nickel and Dimed: On (NOT) Getting By in America” is a book that describes the real problems the lower class has to face everyday in these low income jobs, such as stress and lack of benefits. The book also shows how the poor struggle with low- income jobs and how they manage to get by with the low- income checks from these jobs. In the beginning of the book Barbara Ehrenreich, who is journalist pitches an idea to Lewis Lapham, who is the editor of Harper’s magazine. She tells him “Someone ought to do the old-fashioned kind journalism-you know, go out there and try it for themselves” (Ehrenreich 1). Lapham encourages her to do this challenge. Which gives her the idea to go undercover to experience how it feels to work in low wage paying…show more content…
If she could not put down a security deposit for the apartment she wanted. It would have resulted in her getting a hotel, which is ultimately more costly. She wouldn’t be able save money on food because the low price hotels do not have kitchens to cook in, and healthcare is very expensive if you cannot afford health insurance. It was clear that she need another job to make ends meet. So that is exactly what she did. She gets a second waitressing job at Jerry’s. Jerry’s is no better than Hearthside, but the pay is much better. Because of time she is scheduled to work at Jerry’s conflicts with Hearthside, so she decides to quite Hearthside. To save more money she decides to move closer to Key West. She moves into a trailer in the Overseas Trailer Park. After working for a month in waitressing she gets another job in housekeeping at a hotel. She works from 9 am to whenever she finishes her work. She only last at the hotel for one day. That afternoon she heads in to work at Jerry’s. Jerry’s begins to be too much for her. From being sleep deprived and tired she couldn’t take it any more especially when Joy starts screaming at her. She walks out of Jerry’s never looking back to return. She packs up all her things and heads to Maine looking for work. She picked Maine because of “its whiteness” (Ehrenreich 51). She also remembered some months before that Maine had an abundance of work available. She
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