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Making Both Ends Meet

The income and outlay of New York working girls

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Author: Edith Wyatt
Language: English
Wordcount: 66,229 / 201 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.3
LoC Category: HC
Downloads: 391
Added to site: 2005.02.12
mnybks.net#: 9606
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Non-fiction
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emphasized in the interest of common sense. The first is the remarkable folly of purchasing 24 waists at 98 cents each. In an estimate of the cost of clothing, made by one of the working girls' clubs of St. George's last year,[3] the girls agreed that comfort and a presentable appearance could be maintained, so far as expenditure for waists was concerned, on $8.50 a year. This amount allowed for five shirt-waists at $1.20 apiece, and one net waist at $2.50.

In extenuation of Lucy Cleaver's weak judgment as a waist purchaser, and the poor child's one absurd excess, it must, however, be said that the habit of buying many articles of poor quality, instead of fewer articles of better quality, is frequently a matter, not of choice, but of necessity. The cheap, hand-to-mouth buying which proves paradoxically so expensive in the end is no doubt often caused by the simple fact that the purchaser has not, at the time the purchase is made, any more money to offer. Whatever your wisdom, you cannot buy a waist for $1.

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