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 we take a look at a 24-year-old research assistant living in Perth.
Industry: Research (Research Assistant)
Pay: $58 000
Electricity – $ 33.75
Phone – $40
Spotify – $11.99
Netflix – $8.99
Rent (with Bf and Housemate) -$590
HECS debt – $27000 and rising ( ½ way through my master’s degree studying at night time)
Assets: A car that is older than me, 10k worth of surfcraft and my two dogs…
I made the move to the beach from my parent’s inner city home last year (as soon as I got my first full-time real job) with my boyfriend and we recently got a housemate to help out with rental costs. Perth is the city where you routinely pay $12 for a smoothie and $22 for eggs on toast so it’s been approximately one year since I last brunched ( when I was living at home with Mum and Dad).
I’m going to Europe for four weeks in July and somewhere with waves or snow over Christmas so I’m constantly saving for trips. So aside from the occasional swimwear spree, my online shopping is very tame and sadly limited to tax return time.