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A Week In Los Angeles On A UCLA Student's Budget

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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 UCLA student going to vote for her first presidential election.


    Industry: UCLA student
    Age: 21
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Salary: $0
    Paycheck Amount: $0, but I take up random house-sitting gigs here and there
    # of roommates: One roommate, five other apartment-mates

    Monthly Expenses
    Rent:
    $828/month plus utilities
    Loan Payments: $0 haven’t graduated yet, but thanks to the government, I will graduate debt-free!
    Transportation: I mostly walk, though I put about $30 towards gas monthly
    Phone Bill: $0; I’m on my mother’s plan
    Health Insurance: $0 via Medi-Cal
    Gym membership: $0. I can use the gym in my apartment building, the ones on campus, or a class from a Pilates package I bought a while ago
    Savings: Normally I work over the summers, and then use that income throughout the school year. However, I spent this summer as a full-time student and studied for grad school exams. I didn’t work, so stretching my savings has been a bit rough.


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