What My Salary Gets Me: A 35-year-old in PR earning over $100,000 a year.

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 35-year-old PR consult shares her daily money diary.

Age: 35 

Job: PR Consult - I consult with agencies and also have some clients of my own.

Salary: $100,000 +

Housing: I am currently renting a two-bedroom house in Sydney by myself.

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Monthly expenses: 

Rent and or mortgage: My mortgage on my house in Canberra is covered by the current tenants (thankfully) and my rent in Sydney is $360 a week.

Health insurance: None! Which reminds me I need to renew.

Phone: $120 a month.

Gym: $139 a year subscription to The Pilates Class - well worth it as I try to do it four days a week.

Savings: $25,000 (it used to be $30,000) but I just left a long-term relationship, moved out by myself and went to Paris, Milan and Lake Como for a holiday so my savings took a hit.

Assets: One house in Canberra, looking to buy in Sydney with the help of my dad.

Netflix and Stan: I use my brother’s Netflix (thanks Ben) and pay for Stan $14 a month.

World Vision Child Sponsorship: $48 a month - I am a big believer in giving back.


Afterpay$157.25 owing  - I only use Afterpay when I can’t be bothered getting up and getting my card.

French Class: $470 for 10 lessons - J’adore francaise.


I get paid from one of my clients and immediately have my dad, who also acts as my accountant (thanks Angelo!) take $500 out for savings. I am really diligent with savings as I think it’s so important for women to be financially stable and to never ever have to rely on a man.  

I then start the day with a soy latte (found $5 cash in my bag so used that) and get an Uber into work because it's pouring ($22.06). 

We have a media meeting/lunch with a beauty editor friend (the agency that I am currently contracting for pays for it) then spend the day snacking on Cruskits and celery that I steal from the office fridge.

It's still raining so I Uber home ($33.57). Stan charges me ($14), I do a Pilates Class workout, eat a frozen meal and head to bed.

My ex took the car so I am currently in the process of looking for one - Ubers are probably my greatest expense at the moment. However, I only usually go into the office two days a week. 

Daily total: $74.63.


It's still raining - I'm not even going to bother to catch public transport - so I Uber into work for a higher fare ($37.34). I manage to get a refund for a dress I bought that didn’t arrive in time (+$74.96).

After another media meeting this morning with a beauty editor (work pays), I catch a ride into the office with one of the girls. Lunch is another media meeting (I swear, it’s not like this every week, promise! Work pays again).

Every Tuesday night I have French class and tonight I resist the urge to Uber there and catch a train instead (baby steps - $2.56).

I stock up on cheese and crackers, lift and snacks for dinner (health is wealth - $6.85) and walked past Nutrition Station where some gym junkie guy sells me on an Acai smoothie ($7).

I then fill in time pre-French class by buying stuff I don’t need from Chemist Warehouse ($36.45) and a classmate drives me home.

Daily total: $90.20.


You’re going to hate me but I have another media meeting this morning. I Uber there and back as it's in the city (work kindly pays).


Wednesdays are my fave as I normally work from home, which means hair up, bra off and stained track pants on my bean bag (still don’t have a couch, the glamour of PR).

I get an email about the RSCPA Million Paws Walk so sign up to that - I am big on charity; I am incredibly aware of my privilege and try to give back whenever I can ($15.66).

I get my booster shot at lunch, arm hurts, treat myself to overpriced peanut butter on toast and fruit salad to make myself feel better ($10).

I had the option to go to a new restaurant launch my friend was doing the PR for but was feeling a little weak from my booster so cancelled.

My ex drops over some soup and orange juice for dinner, I do a quick Pilates Class workout and off to bed.

Daily total: $25.66.

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WFH day again today. I walk my dog to the local coffee shop for a weak soy latte, equals ($5.05). 

My dad who is much better with money than me told me 'if you have coffee every day at home by the time you retire you could afford a boat'. Luckily for me, I hate boats so I will take an overpriced coffee any day. 

Lunch and dinner is a frozen meal - I don’t cook and only use the kitchen for the garbage bin - then it's Pilates class and bed (still feeling off).

Daily total: $5.05.


WFH again. I wake up feeling a bit better so I go on another coffee shop walk. I am almost up to my free coffee ($5.05). I get paid from another client ($1,000) and put it straight into savings.

Lunch ($12.63) - couldn’t even tell you what I had. Then I pop into the pharmacy to fill up a script and buy some teeth whitening strips ($59.80).

My rent comes out every Friday ($360). 

Friday night my neighbour and I usually go for drinks (edit: I don’t drink). We Uber to drinks (I pay for the Uber - $25.05), she pays for drinks and dinner (when I say drinks I had lemonade, maybe the odd red wine and lemonade) and I pay for Uber home ($23.92).

Daily total: $486.45.



I take my dog for a walk to the newsagent - even though I get magazines for free from work, I like to buy a couple to support my friends who work in the industry. I also grab an Up&Go for breakfast because I can’t be bothered eating ($13). 

I have a quick matcha latte with a friend at a coffee shop down the road ($5.30) then get a mani/pedi ($85) and my eyelashes tinted ($15) - it honestly costs a lot to look this cheap.

Then I do a pilates boxing class so I can have McDonald's for dinner - once a week I order McDonald's (medium cheeseburger meal, no meat, no cheese - $18.34).

My friend picks me up and we have a movie night at his house.

Daily total: $136.64.


I start the morning off by going to Pancakes on the Rocks to treat my friend to breakfast ($35.30). Then I stop at the petrol station on the way home, get a drink (I only allow myself Coke on weekends) and the Sunday papers ($12.45).

I then do a grocery shop for the week ahead - I always like to go on a Sunday and do a big shop ($50).

I'm going on a girl's night next Saturday night (we only really go out every couple of months) so of course, I had to spend $639.45 on a new dress.

Then I download a new book on Apple ($8.49)

Daily total: $745.69.


Well, that was an interesting exercise. 

I am trying to find the balance between enjoying life and saving money. I took a big chunk of money out recently so I am trying to quickly save that back as I have a wedding in New York in June. 

I am incredibly aware of how lucky I am and always try to give back where I can, and in a twist of fate/God's way of saying you don’t need a dress that expensive, the company who made the $600 dress ended up refunding me as it sold out in my size (a blessing in disguise).

Now I'm off to The Iconic to shop for something much cheaper.

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