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.
Total amount spent: $44
Tuesday – Day Three.
I get an Uber (don’t judge me), and toast and coffee on my way into work. It’s not even 8am and I’ve already spent $19. Oops. I go to a client lunch so it’s paid for (YAY), but tonight is dinner with a group of friends, so it’s probably a good thing I’m saving on food. We go to quite a nice restaurant, and when we split the bill, it’s $55 each. I get an Uber home ($16).
Total amount spent: $90
Wednesday – Day Four.
It’s another Uber to work ($10), and a coffee, but today I go for a large ($4.50). It’s a slow morning, so I do some online shopping, and find a cute pair of sneakers for $120. I get a salad for lunch ($9), as well as a juice ($5), and eat it at my desk. I have a work event at 6, so go straight there, and stay for a couple of hours. I get an Uber home ($15), and order food as soon as I get in. I get Thai, because even though there was finger food at the event, it was super unsatisfying. It costs $16. My partner is out tonight, so I watch some TV while eating dinner.