The service industry is often underpaid for the work they do, and showing them that you appreciate and value their work can do nothing but make your own life easier and better. I found this section the least enjoyable in the book, because the class biases that Barbara largely kept in check here come shining through over and over again.
Sure, there are many poor people who are crack addicts. Is it worth working eighty hours a week merely to keep a roof over your head?
A simple show of appreciation goes a long way in cementing a strong relationship with people who provide services for you. Since a poor person does not have access to said doctor, he or she has to just suck it up and go to work itchy.
Her skill with words brings to vibrant life what would be a very boring and bloodless story in the hands of most personal finance writers. Where do you go to escape? In short, buy this book as a gift for a literary friend.
In short, the working class often uses Wal-Mart as a place to escape, if only for a little while, and not feel as though they are looked down upon. At the end of the book, though, the same old class biases were exposed. The lesson of this section is that you should reward service workers when they provide a regular service for you.
The people and situations she writes about jump to life. People who are not poor make many of the same decisions that poor people do like acquiring a drug habit, or having children, or quitting a job.
A real poor person does not have a couple grand to "start" with, or to stay afloat between jobs, after finding his or her working conditions intolerable and suddenly quitting. Second and perhaps more importantlyher experience teaches many useful lessons about the real meaning of what personal finance is and what frugality is.
The simple fact of the matter is that classism exists in America and the author of this book, even though she means well, is as guilty of this bias as anyone else. You are a wealthy, highly educated person who went on a half-assed, anthropological slumming vacation.
When said vacation was over, you told your coworkers: However, most of the other people in the book simply do not see further education as an option. In return, my office was impeccably cleaned almost every evening and the bathroom on my floor was always pristine, while other offices and restrooms were perfunctorily cleaned at best.
Aug 17, Carrie rated it did not like it Recommends it for: The fact that this book even addresses real questions like the comparative value of shelter and food and health makes it a strong read, but the biases of the author somehow cheapen the whole thing.
Even when Ehrenreich would point out the root causes of some class-distinguishing situations, she falls back on general insults of physical appearance. The most obvious principle that is exposed here is that education is the most valuable investment you can make in yourself.
Instead, you probably are going to buy some beer or weed and enjoy the few moments of your life that you can.
One could argue that the feeling you get from a well-completed task is reward enough, but how does that apply to an individual making less than a liveable wage? If the book sounds interesting, you might want to check it out at the library, but otherwise, this book is a pass — it starts off well, but then shoots itself in the foot by just sticking with the same old biases.Nickel and Dimed hasratings and 6, reviews.
Carrie said: Dear Barbara Ehrenreich, How do I resent thee? Let me count the ways You are /5. Ehrenreich, who has a dozen books behind her dealing with the social and political hallmarks of our economic system, has here, with ''Nickel and Dimed,'' followed in an honored journalistic tradition and written a valuable and illuminating book.
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