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30 women on the single thing they spent the most money on. Ever.

In 2021, Mamamia conducted a money survey to find out more about Australian women's spending habits. 

We asked over 900 women about their salaries, how much they have in savings and whether they believe they're being paid fairly, among other questions.

Yep, hard-hitting stuff.

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We didn't shy away from the particularly pervy questions, like what's the single thing you’ve spent the most money on, and how much it cost?

Below you'll find a range of answers to that question, with 30 women sharing what they do for work, how much they get paid and what big-ticket item they bought. 

What's the single thing you’ve spent the most money on?

Property.

The most common answer for the single thing women have spent the most money on was, no surprise, property. The prices varied from $168,000 to $3.5 million.

A 31-year-old full-time project engineer working in the oil and gas industry earning $25,000 per year, spent $440,000 on a house. 

A 33-year-old full-time senior legal counsel working in the finance industry earning $179,000 per year, bought her house for $1.4 million. She started investing at 21 years old, putting $50,000 into stocks.

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A 41-year-old part-time accountant working in the education industry earning $90,000 per year, spent $360,000 on her house.

A 32-year-old part-time area support manager working in the logistics industry earning $45,000 and living with her children as a single-parent household, spent $168,000 on their home.

A 40-year-old full-time account manager working in real estate earning $400,000 per year, spent $2.5 million on her house. Her best money advice is to save, invest and don't touch credit cards.

A 24-year-old full-time teacher earning $72,000 per year, bought a house for $505,000.

A car.

Coming in second as the most expensive thing women have spent their money on in one go is a car. Again, the prices varied - with women spending between $4,500 and $115,000.

A 31-year-old full-time mine operations manager earning $315,000 per year, spent $96,000 on her car.

A 54-year-old part-time early childhood educator earning $26,800 per year, spent $4,500 on her car.

A 46-year-old full-time project director working in the construction industry earning $100,000 per year, spent $115,000 on a sports car.

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A 27-year-old part-time registered midwife earning $58,000 per year, bought a car for $26,000.

A 40-year-old manager working in the auction industry earning $99,000 per year, spent $40,000 on her fantasy car during COVID - a 1967 Volkswagen Beetle.

Travel.

While we haven't been able to travel much over the past two years, we all know just how expensive it is. Here's what some women have spent on overseas trips.

A 23-year-old full-time associate working in the consulting industry earning $95,000 per year and living at home with her parents, spent $10,000 on a holiday.

A 27-year-old full-time PR specialist working in the banking and finance industry and earning $90,000 per year, spent $6,000 on a trip.

A 32-year-old full-time education support earning $52,000 per year, spent $12,000 on a holiday. 

Clothes and accessories.

For many of us, clothes and accessories - namely handbags - are considered investments. Here's what big-ticket items these women spent the most on. 

A 39-year-old full-time process specialist working in the logistics industry earning $92,000 per year and living with her parents, bought a Louis Vuitton handbag for $3,500.

A 24-year-old casual medical receptionist at a skin cancer clinic earning $38,000 per year, spent $700 on an Ena Pelly leather jacket.

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A 33-year-old full-time trades assistant working in the railway industry earning $900,000 per year, spent $10,000 on a Chanel handbag.

A 36-year-old casual workshop facilitator working in leadership earning $20,000 per year, spent $1,030 on Golden Goose sneakers.

Beauty.

Like clothes and accessories, beauty is also considered an investment to many - that includes products, treatments and cosmetic surgery. 

A 33-year-old full-time project manager working in the events industry earning $70,000 per year, bought a Dyson Airwrap for $800.

A 51-year-old full-time client relations manager working in the construction industry earning $125,000 a year, spent $3,000 on her front teeth.

A 23-year-old full-time media advisor working in government earning $75,000 per year, spent $600 on an LED mask.

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A 28-year-old full-time case coordinator working in community services earning $70,000 per year, spent $1,200 on a tattoo.

A 25-year-old full-time head of customer management in the tech industry earning $100,500 per year, spent $25,000 on a breast augmentation and $12,000 on a handbag.

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Jewellery.

While we found that jewellery wasn't something women spent the most money on, there were a couple that did. 

A 27-year-old full-time town planning assistant earning $80,000 per year, spent $13,000 on a diamond tennis bracelet. 

A 42-year-old part-time public servant working in law enforcement earning $50,000 per year, spent $500 on an Apple Watch.

A wedding.

Lastly, the most expensive day of your life: your wedding day. Here's what these brides spent on their wedding, or their wedding dress alone.

A 29-year-old full-time HR business partner working in professional services earning $128,000 per year, spent $65,000 on her wedding.

A 32-year-old full-time lawyer earning $220,000 per year, contributed $20,000 to her big day.

A 28-year-old full-time HR manager earning $148,000 per year, spent $10,000 on her wedding dress.

A 26-year-old full-time executive assistant working in government earning $98,000 per year, spent $85,000 on her wedding.

What's the single thing you’ve spent the most money on? And how much did it cost? Tell us in the comments!

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