Nickel And Dimed: Book Review Essay

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Can someone really live and prosper in American receiving minimal income? Can someone create a good lifestyle for themselves on just six to seven dollars an hour? In Nickel and Dimed Barbara Ehrenreich goes undercover to find out if it is indeed possible. Giving herself only $1,000 she leaves the lifestyle that she has come accustomed too and goes to join all the people living the low class way of life. Before setting out, she gave herself a list of rules she had to follow so that her experience would be as real as it could be. Her first rule was when looking for a job she couldn't mention the skills she had learned from her education. Second, she had to take the highest paying job that was being offered to her. Third, she had to live in …show more content…
In the beginning of the chapter she had found an apartment that she thought she could afford, but she finds out that if someone can't afford a deposit for an apartment, they'll find themselves in a hotel. With the costs adding up after two weeks she comes to terms with the fact that she needs a second job. Barbara gets another waitressing job which turns out a lot worse then her other one. It's a mess and she isn't able to have breaks but she's getting paid more. Soon she quits her first job because she is unable to work at both places. In the meantime she looks for a new place closer to work to save gas money. She finds herself living in a trailer park. After almost a month she gets another job as a housekeeper in a hotel which only lasts for one day. Later that same day at the restaurant she trys to deal with everything but ends up walking out after her manager yells at her. That is an end to her time in Key West. In Chapter Two she moves on to Maine due to its "whiteness". She thought it would be the perfect place for her to go without the hassle of questions. She starts out staying in a hotel but quickly sees that she needs to find a better place to stay. She finds housing that's a lot cheaper than the almost $60 a night for a hotel room. The only way that she can afford her housing though, is to get two jobs. She applies for many jobs but doesn't receive any calls back finding that most places place want ads when they aren't in

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