Nickel and Dimed 20 Years Later — Why Americans Still Aren’t Getting By

Amanda Claypool
8 min readFeb 5, 2024
Photo by Brian Lundquist on Unsplash

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to experience life as a working class American, barely getting by on minimum wage? This was an assignment the late journalist Barbara Ehrenreich took up in the late 1990s. Her work culminated in the book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.

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Amanda Claypool

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