A Week In New York On A $70,000 Salary

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This week, an attorney drinking green juice every day, restocking her weed supply, and sharing a daily iced coffee with her husband.
Industry: Law
Age: 30
Location: Astoria, Queens
Salary: $70,000. My husband is also an attorney, but makes about 20k more than I do annually. He also pays A LOT more in law-school loans than I. We do not share finances — modern-day woman and all.
Paycheck amount (every 2 weeks): $1,800 after tax & health insurance for myself & my husband ($150 bimonthly)
Number of roommates: 1 husband & 2 cats

Monthly Expenses
Rent: $1,500 split evenly; I pay $750
Utilities: $150, but husband pays
Internet: $70, but husband pays
Gym membership: $65
Netflix: $7.99; husband pays
Hulu Plus: $7.99; husband pays
Phone bill: $100; still on my parents’ family plan, sue me
School loans: $600
Birchbox: $10
MTA: $120
Taxis/Ubers: $60
Green juice delivery subscription with Chef V NYC: $125
iCloud storage/commercial-free Pandora: $10
Automated Capital One credit card payments: $100
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Day One

8:30 a.m. — I like to start my day with a Perrier with lemon, or still lemon water. I drink a butt ton of water. $2

8:45 a.m. — My husband and I walk to the subway. We debate getting Starbucks. We usually share an iced coffee for the ride into the city. He buys it ($3.54). I have a sip, but he takes the rest with him.

10 a.m. — I drink the free coffee at the office. It's meh, but it’s free. I try to not exceed two cups per day. They are small cups. I also switch it up to the free tea.

12:30 p.m. — I’m never hungry in the morning, At around noon, I have a big glass or two of this green juice that I get delivered to my door once a week (counted in my monthly expenses). It's yummy and nutritious and fills me up for about 20 minutes.

12:50 p.m. — I like to eat fruit in the first half of the day so that it's easier on my body to digest. Today I have an organic Fuji apple. $2

12:55 p.m. — I’m obsessed with seaweed. I buy 24-pack boxes on Amazon every few weeks. I eat a packet to try to satiate myself. $1.50

1:30 p.m. — I literally cannot wait a second longer, so I run down to the nearest deli and get myself a gigantic salad. I also eat a small piece of seven-grain bread (it's free). $10.60

5 p.m. — I have the worst sweet tooth, and if I’m working late, I’ll sometimes reward myself. I buy myself a hot chocolate thinking it’s healthier than a cookie or a cupcake (it’s not). $1.60

7 p.m. — I skip the gym (I know, I know, never skip a Monday. Eat me) so that I can get my bushy-ass eyebrows threaded before going food shopping. $6 + $4 tip for my homegirl = $10

7:15 p.m. — I go to the organic store and buy salmon, a quinoa/rice blend, veggies, and fruit for the week. I cook it up and chop up a salad. I pack up leftovers for both our Tuesday lunches. $26.30

10 p.m. — I’m out of weed, so I call my dealer and get a 1/8. I vape (#PAX2) before I fall asleep. $50

Daily Total: $104
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Day Two

8:15 a.m. — I chug some water and take some homeopathic anxiety supplements.

8:30 a.m. — I mobile order a Venti iced coffee with soy for myself and my husband to share for the ride into the city. $3.54

12:45 p.m. — I drink two glasses of green juice and eat half a box of blueberries that I bought yesterday.

2 p.m. — I eat my baked salmon with quinoa-rice blend and salad leftovers from last night’s dinner.

4:15 p.m. — Hunger hits again, so I run downstairs and get myself a small veggie soup. $4.60

5 p.m. — I do some internet shopping on Amazon and buy soap. Exciting. $7

7 p.m. — I head to the gym and run 2.5 miles.

7:30 p.m. — My post-run hunger knows no bounds. I stop by the organic store buffet and grab a shitload of roasted Brussels sprouts and some expensive pistachio gelato because I’m worth it, dammit. Hubs and I share the gelato, even though I could have easily eaten the entire pint myself (and wanted to). $11.20

Daily Total: $26.34
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Day Three

8:45 a.m. — I drink a Perrier with lemon. $2

9:45 a.m. — Starbucks reward, bitches! OBV I get the most expensive thing that I can concoct. A Venti five-shot soy latte. Yum. $0

1 p.m. — Two glasses of green juice, free office tea, the rest of that box of blueberries, and a banana.

1:45 p.m. — I go to Grand Central Market and purchase two Thai chipotle salmon summer rolls from Pescatore for $3.50 a pop. They are literally the only affordable thing in the entire place. $7

5 p.m. — I bust outta work early and head to the gym. On my way, I pick up an electrolyte water, hoping it will help me with my run. It doesn’t. Three and a half miles takes me way longer than I’d like to share. $2.75

6:15 p.m. — Once again I have uncontrollable post-run hunger, so I grab some roasted Brussels sprouts from the organic store to hold me over till dinner...and another overpriced gelato for later. $10.30

7:30 p.m. — I don’t know if I mentioned that I can literally live on falafel (and sometimes do). My husband and I go to our favorite Middle Eastern takeout spot, and we gorge on falafel platters and hummus and all things holy. The food is so damn delicious. Hubs buys it for $18.

Daily Total: $22.05
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Day Four

8:30 a.m. — We are in a rush this morning, so I run out the door after just chugging some regular ol’ water (and my homeopathic anxiety supplements). We share a Venti iced coffee with soy that hubs buys.

12 p.m. — I do some Etsy shopping as I drink a hot lemon water and buy a necklace. $15

1 p.m. — I drink two glasses of green juice and eat a banana.

2 p.m. — I buy and eat a large salad with a small piece of seven-grain bread, because who in their right mind says no to free bread?! $10.60

3:30 p.m. — I go in for my chiro adjustment. Feels. So. Good. Co-pay is $25.

5:45 p.m. — I go shopping for a weekend outfit. I buy a super-cute off-the-shoulder dress. $30

6:45 p.m. — I get to the gym and trick myself into working out by bribing myself with a falafel wrap.

7:45 p.m. — I get said falafel wrap. Yas kween. I get one for hubs also. $14

Daily Total: $94.60
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Day Five

8 a.m. — I chug some water and mobile order three shots of espresso on ice from Starbucks. $3.54

1 p.m. — I drink two glasses of green juice and eat a seaweed packet.

1:30 p.m. — I go shopping during lunch (it’s an addiction, I know) and buy a kimono (because, you know, I need four kimonos to just hang in my closet. Duh). $15

2 p.m. — I get a large tomato-basil soup with crackers for lunch. $5.75

6:30 p.m. — I go to the gym with a small bodega coffee in hand and think of ways I can get out of going out tonight as I push myself to propel forward on the elliptical. Coffee: $1

8 p.m. — I go out to a local bar with live music and pick on some apps and have a glass of wine. Hubs pays $46. I vape outside because I am a badass.

Daily Total: $25.29
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Day Six

10 a.m. — Saturday is bae. I lie around all. morning. long.

12 p.m. — I drink a glass of green juice and go for a run.

1 p.m. — I buy a coffee with an everything bagel with veggie cream cheese. $4.80

3 p.m. — I go visit my grandma and bring her some flowers and dessert. $22.60

7 p.m. — I Seamless order myself a Greek salad with extra olives and a side of pita bread as I catch up on weekly television (#BachelorinParadise). $14.50

9:30 p.m. — After vaping, hubs and I go out for some froyo. He pays $9.55.

Daily Total: $41.90
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Day Seven

10 a.m. — I lie around with hubs all morning. I drink my green juice, and then I blend us up some smoothies with frozen açai, bananas, frozen strawberries, and chia seeds.

11:45 a.m. — I get us both a Starbucks iced coffee before we both go do a light workout at the park, meditate, and read our books for a bit. $7.08

1:45 p.m. — There’s a new burger spot in town, so of course my husband NEEDS to go. We go. And...it’s a burger spot. Since I don’t eat meat, I get a veggie burger and a beer. He pays, $42.50.

7 p.m. — Sunday night is taco night. My bestie comes over and we order loads of tacos. I’m feeling generous, so I buy everyone’s dinner. Bestie, hubby, and I watch TV, vape, and eat to our hearts' content. Can I marry hot sauce? $27.90

Daily Total: $34.98
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