Mamamia’s Money Diaries 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 34-year-old teacher’s aide tells all.
Job: Teacher’s Aide
Housing: Own a house with partner
Regular Expenses (monthly):
Mortgage: $1500 (I contribute with $500 and my partner pays the rest)
Car petrol: $180 ($45 weekly)
Food: Approximately $360 (my partner and I mainly eat at home. Blame my grandma – she instilled in me that home cooked meals are always healthier!)
Assets: House and car
Monday – Day One
I eat breakfast at home (1 banana, nuts and two pieces of toast with scrambled eggs and a glass of lukewarm water).
I then drive to work (10 minutes drive in a rural town). Since there aren’t many inspiring eating places to eat near work I always take food from home. At recess (11.00-11.30) I eat the leftovers from the previous night (steamed broccoli and cauliflower with tuna).
At lunch (1.30-2.30), I eat an apple, some strawberries & blueberries and some biscotte toast with fresh cheese, tomato and pepper on top.
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I leave work at 4, and arrive home at 4.15, I change into my gym gear and head to the gym (15 minutes drive from home). I do a 50 minute workout. In the meantime, my partner prepares tuna pasta with cherry tomatoes and pesto for dinner. I drink water throughout the day (2L).