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 24-year-old journalist tells all.
Housing: Renting with two flatmates
Regular expenses (monthly):
- Rent – $1000
- Phone – $80
- Transport – $120
- PT classes – $120
- Utilities – $100
- Groceries – $240
- Internet – $25
- Netflix – $12
Debt: HECS, around $20,000
Having recently moved out of home to a new city on my own to start my first full-time job. To say I’m new to budgeting would be an understatement. My current rent of $250 p/w makes my former weekly at-home board of $50 (which I often complained about…) look like a distant paradise, and my days of impulse Iconic purchases are sadly over.
I can hear the tiny violins lamenting my sob story as I’m writing this, but everyone’s gotta start somewhere. And on a side note, I do think being thrust into the cold, bony arms of adulthood has so far made me more rational and careful with my money.
Although my current lifestyle means I can’t save any money right now, I’ll keep the real whining for when I’ve got school fees and a mortgage under my belt.