Mamamia’s What My Salary Gets Me asks Australians to record a week in their financial lives. Kind of like a sex diary but with money. So not like a sex diary at all. In this series, we discover what women are really spending their hard-earned cash on, and nothing is too outrageous or too sacred. This week, a 36-year-old manager shares her weekly money diary.
Job: Mid-level manager with a federal government agency.
Salary: $140,000 + superannuation. My husband earns $130,000 + superannuation, and we share all finances.
(For context and transparency: I’m 10 years into my career, and my husband has been with his company since he was an 18-year-old apprentice.)
Housing: I live with my husband and six-year-old son in our house in the Sydney suburbs, purchased in 2013. We have a mortgage that we are paying off. Slowly.
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We transfer a sum weekly to our bills account to cover all of our fixed expenses - we use a spreadsheet to calculate all of these expenses and determine a weekly transfer amount to cover them.