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 32-year-old data analyst from Melbourne, Vic, shares her money diary.
Job: Data Analyst
Housing: Renting a large studio apartment.
Regular expenses (monthly):
Utilities: Roughly $60 on gas quarterly, $200 on electricity
Debt: $2000 on a credit card
MM Confessions: The fashion items we’ve blown too much money on. Post continues after video.
Monday – Day One
I don’t rise until 7.15am which is late for me. I walk to the office, grabbing a coffee and avocado on toast on the way ($21.10). I’ve bought a tuna salad from home for my lunch but do buy a packet of cheese and crackers on my break ($6). After work, I walk home, stopping at Coles to grab some chicken breasts, vegies and other bits to see me through the week ($35).
Daily Total: $62.10
Tuesday – Day Two
I get up early and walk to the gym for a spin class. I grab a coffee on my way to the office ($4.10) then eat oats I already had at work and a banana from the company fruit bowl for my breakfast. Lunch is chicken and vegies bought from home, but I still end up buying two dresses on the Iconic ($55.98) – at least they were in the sale! Walk home, dinner from the previous day’s groceries, Netflix and bed.
Daily Total: $60.08
Wednesday – Day Three
Same deal – early morning gym and a coffee ($4.10). I’ve bought lunch with me today but I don’t fancy salad, so treat myself to a sandwich ($10). I feel sluggish all afternoon and remember why I normally try to have salad. I catch up with a friend after work. We share a bottle of white wine and sweet potato fries ($20, my share) then I Uber home as I don’t want to walk home in the dark ($12). I have a couple of slices of toast when I get in and go to bed.
Daily Total: $46.10
Thursday – Day Four
Gym, coffee, and vegemite toast ($11.10). For lunch, I eat the salad I left in the work fridge the day before. I snack on fruit and some almonds I have in my desk drawer. On my way home from work, I have a facial, which is free as it was a birthday gift I’ve only just got around to using. I have a friend’s birthday dinner on Saturday and we all chip in $20 to get her a cake and a gift. Dinner from groceries at home (although I stop at Coles to top up on vegies, $12).