Nickle and diming your way to the top
While we’re on the subject of economic mobility, author Adam Shepard has written kind of a rebuttal to one of the most popular works on how hard it is to get by in a lower-income job, Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickle and Dimed. The book is Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream. Shepard, a recent graduate from Merrimack College, told the Christian Science Monitor last week that he moved to Charleston, South Carolina, with only $25, a few clothes, and a specific goal: "to have a furnished apartment, a car, and $2,500 in savings within a year."
After 10 months, he tells the Monitor‘s Peter Smith, had moved into an apartment, bought a truck, and saved almost $5,000 — thanks to a job with a moving company. (See another interview at the website Get Rich Slowly.)
Ehrenreich talked about her experiences as both a minimum-wage earner and a white-collar job applicant with Robert Keough, then the editor of CommonWealth, in 2005. See the complete story here.