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. 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 31-year-old working in Sales tells all.
Job: Sales Director
Housing: Renting with my partner in Sydney
Regular expenses (monthly):
Rent – $4800 (split with partner)
Gym – $160
Transport – $240 (so many Ubers)
Food – I’d guess $600+ (I eat out… a lot)
- HECS debt, which I don’t like to look at or think about.
Assets: Car, dog
Sunday – Day One.
Sunday means getting brunch with my partner, which comes to $35 (my shout). We go home and spend the day cleaning and organising the house, walking the dog, and getting some work done, before going to the movies in the evening. My ticket and popcorn costs $27.
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We go home and I have leftover pizza for dinner, before doing some online shopping. I spend $120 on a dress I’ve been eyeing on The Iconic for weeks. It’ll arrive at my office tomorrow and I’m already excited.
Total amount spent: $182.
Monday – Day Two.
I get an Uber to work, which costs $11. Before I walk into the office, I pick up my coffee ($4), and eat some fruit as soon as I get in. Just after midday, I go out to get my lunch. I can’t cook, and I’m disorganised, so I always buy my lunch out. I get a sandwich from a nearby cafe ($8). My dress finally arrives, and I’m obsessed. But it’s a stressful afternoon at work, and I go to the gym afterwards to try to calm myself. I order dinner with my partner when I get home, which comes to a total of $42. We split the cost between us.