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 31-year-old receptionist tells all.
Industry: Receptionist moonlighting as a dance teacher
Housing: Renting with a housemate
- Rent $800
- Netflix $8.99
- Myki $80
- Phone $105
- Health Insurance $72
- Interweb $25
- Adult braces (Invisalign) $320
Assets: Washing machine from the 70s and an iPod
Savings: I can barely spell this word
Thursday – Day One
8.15am – I stayed at my boyfriends last night and even though I try and avoid the cafe near his building I’m less than successful and get a coffee…also accidentally order a toastie, $11.
11am – Check my Facebook and realise I have to transfer $40 cash for a hen’s day I’m going to in a few weeks.
12.50pm – Grab a sandwich for lunch, costs $8.90 (Literally just a turkey and dust sandwich – nothing else).
1pm – I’ve ventured into the city during my lunch break because I’m interviewing for a new job (which I end up getting!) but I need to get back to work ASAP and I can’t wait for Uber. So I get a taxi instead, $12.
7pm – Go for drinks after work with my mate, $12 (Thank god it’s still happy hour!).
Daily spend: $83.90
Friday – Day Two
8.30am – Grab a coffee on the way into work, $4 (Go to the good place as I’m a Melbourne coffee snob).
12.30pm – Go across the road from work and stare at the food options for almost five minutes before deciding on sushi. Almost die when it comes to $17.00 (I should have just got a $10 souvlaki!).
7pm – A few months after I turned 30 I found out I was allergic to wine! Well, I’m allergic to sulfites in wine and I can only drink organic wine. Tonight I’m going to spend the night with the boyfriend and his mates watching the footy so I’ll need to have a drink… And it’s only pre season! I get a bottle of bubbly (jam packed with sulfites) for $12.
7.30pm – We arrive at the boyfriend’s mate’s house where we are watching the footy and they’ve already ordered pizza. Thanks guys!
11.30pm – On the way home the boyfriend and I get an ice cream each from the 7/11 for $8.
Daily spend: $41
Saturday – Day Three
8am – I’m able to persuade the boyfriend to walk to town rather than run and grab a coffee afterwards. He agrees and also shouts the coffee.
12pm – I’m determined to pack my lunch for work all next week. So I venture to the supermarket to get ingredients for avocado on toast, tuna salad and almond meal zucchini fritters. Like an idiot I get everything from the organic section of the supermarket and it adds up to $41.