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A Week In Austin On A $100,000 Salary

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    Welcome to Money Diaries, where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar. (Thanks, New York mag, for the inspiration.)

    Today, a lawyer in Austin celebrates her 30th birthday and visits her fianc
    é in Atlanta.

    Job:
    Lawyer
    Location: Austin, Texas
    Age: 30
    Number of Roommates: 0 (fiancé lives in Atlanta, so we are doing the LDR thing until he can move back)
    Salary: $100,000. I get quarterly bonuses of anywhere from $2k-$5k depending on my profitability that quarter at my firm. I pretend like these aren't part of my comp since I can't expect them. I typically use most of the extra bonus money to make large payments on my student loans, so it's almost like I don't even get them.
    Paycheck (2x a month): $2,656.07, after auto-deferring 5% to my 401(k) ($189.08 and my employer matches up to 4% which is $150).

    Monthly Expenses
    Rent:
    $1,460
    Law School Loans: $1,500
    Utilities (Electricity, Cable, Internet, etc.): $160
    Transportation: $50 (Monthly Gas)
    Phone Bill: $0 (work pays)
    Yoga 10-class pass: $160
    Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime: $0 (fiancé pays)
    Spotify: $9.99
    Car Insurance: $372 every six months

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