Mamamia’s What My Salary Gets Me series 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 30-year-old who works in PR shares her money diary.
Income: $65,000 per year
Housing: I live in a shared house with two housemates. I have a slightly larger room and my share of the rent is $365 per week.
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Regular expenses (monthly):
Health insurance: $125.60
Netflix and Stan: $20
Monday – Day One
I've been working at home due to COVID but each day I treat myself to a cafe coffee - it gets me out of the house and, let's face it, tastes pretty damn good! I also grab a croissant for breakie as I'm yet to do my weekly food shop, $10.10.
I work from the dining table in the kitchen. Thankfully, both my housemates are back at their offices so we are not jostling for space. I have leftovers for lunch and make another mental note to go food shopping.
After work I do just that, spending $85 on groceries that will last me over a week. I make chicken tacos for dinner from the food shop, a double portion so lunch is sorted for tomorrow as well.
Daily total: $95.10
Tuesday – Day Two
I grab my morning coffee, $4.10, then head home for breakfast I make myself, yogurt and fruit.
I have meetings all day and before I know it, my boyfriend is picking me up to drive me to his - he's making dinner tonight - homemade burgers, yum!
We love a sneaky glass of wine normally but we decide to be good tonight. We drink water and watch Netflix together, before going to bed.
Daily total: $4.10
Wednesday – Day Three
My boyfriend drives me back in the morning and I get us both a coffee on the way, $8.20.
After a heavy dinner and a busy morning, I end up skipping breakie, and have soup and bread for lunch.