Mamamia’s Money Diaries 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. We still find out the best kept secrets though. We discover what women are really spending their hard-earned cash on. Nothing is too outrageous or too sacred. This week a 22-year-old junior advertising account manager tells all.
Industry: Advertising, boutique agency
Housing: Renting with my boyfriend
Regular expenses: Monthly (my share)
- Rent – $850
- Car Insurance – $50
- Bills (including Netflix, internet, electricity) – $140
- Mobile phone – $100
- Myki card – $110
- Savings – $18,000
Debt: HECS debt, approximately $20,000.
Assets: Uhhhhh. Nada. Wait. Does my beaten up Holden Barina and a wardrobe full of Seed Heritage count?
TUESDAY – Day One
8:30AM: A coffee (soy latte, please) from my favourite local cafe, which costs an embarrassing $4.50.
8:50AM: I heat up my daily sachet of honey oats at work, which costs about $0.80 total (winning).
1:00PM: Duck out to grab a fancy chicken salad with avocado and cheese, $13.50.
6:00PM: Too lazy to make dinner, decide with my boyfriend we’ll get Subway, costing me $6.50 for a six-inch chicken teriyaki sub with salads. I also shout him his, which was $10.20.
Daily spend: $35.50