This is the second installment of Mamamia’s Money Diaries, where we investigate what millennial women are spending their hard-earned cash on. Nothing is too outrageous or too sacred. We continue this series with the spending practices of a millennial from Brisbane, also known as Brisvegas. (Thanks to Refinery29 for the inspiration.)
Salary: $50,000 + Super
Housing: Living in an apartment with my boyfriend, rent is $300 a week each (I tell myself where I live is worth the cost).
• Car & Health Insurance = $18/week
• Phone Bill: $40/month (Pre-paid)
• Groceries approx: $75/week
• Petrol: $20/week
• Road Tolls: $50/week
• Rent: $300/week (YOU’RE SO LUCKY IF YOU LIVE AT HOME!)
Savings: I try and contribute 10% of my income a fortnight to my savings.
Debt: Credit Card Debt (undisclosed holiday debt, oh the shame!). I can proudly say I contribute 30% of my income to debt.
Assets: A Toyota and the furniture in my apartment.
8:00am – Okay, yes I did wake up at this time. I don’t always do this, but somehow I have managed the art of being ready in 15 minutes and be out the door to work. Sure, I could get up earlier and be less rushed but why would I waste the opportunity to sleep?
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8:15am – I have, yet again, been successful in my 15 minute getting ready practice and drive to work. I live in Teneriffe in Brisbane, which is quite close to the city and would be convenient for most. However, I work on the other side of Brisbane, and this means only one thing: tolls. If you haven’t been to Brisbane lately, then I forewarn you of the continuous cycle of tunnels being built. When they open the tunnel the tolls start off relatively cheap but then, right before your eyes, I am paying almost $5 to go one way. Thanks very much, Queensland Toll.
8:45am – Arrive at work and I should say that my work is a kind of a perfect place for food. There is a never ending supply of food that you can just eat and by the next day, it’s back again. So, toast for breakfast (thanks, Work, you’re the best).
1:00pm – I wasn’t particularly diligent today at packing my own lunch and so bought Vietnamese Bahn Mit Thi for $7. It was delicious and totally worth it.
5:00pm – Left work and once again made the drive through the tunnel and spent $5 on tolls.