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 41-year-old talent acquisition specialist shares her money diary.
Job: Talent Acquisition Specialist
Income: $112,000 package a year
Housing: Own a one-bedroom apartment. Mortgage around $2000 a month.
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Regular expenses (monthly):
Health insurance: $120
Car insurance: $105
Pet insurance: $60
Disney +: $10
Petrol and travel: $100 – cut down significantly due to COVID as WFH since March.
Council rates: $110
Hairdresser: $220 (I go once every four weeks for root touch up)
Savings: around $6000
Debt: credit card owing $3500
Saturday – Day One
I have been working from home for the last six months so I caught up with a work friend for breakfast and spent around $35. I had to do a grocery shop and decided to make a seafood lunch for Sunday so spent about $150 on seafood and another $150 on general groceries.
I also did online shopping for my nephew’s birthday so spent about $100 at Target and Culture Kings and bought a new jumper from Country Road which cost $100.