Context: "When we didn’t like what we earned(,) and we couldn’t find a better opportunity, we simply moved to another state."

I'm not sure whether to add a comma here or not. Both clauses, "we didn't" and "we couldn't," refer to "when."

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    Personally I think both commas are "optional" here. Making it a stylistic choice / matter of opinion. May 7, 2021 at 15:46

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The comma before "and" does not belong here and adds an unnecessary pause/stumble to the sentence.

A comma like that would belong before "and" when the two clauses can each stand on their own as complete sentences. E.g.

We didn't like what we earned, and we felt bad about our prospects.

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