Third: a project coordinator who makes $60,000 per year. This week, she spends some of her money on BumbleBoost.
Occupation: Project Coordinator
Industry: Digital Advertising
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Paycheck (Once Per Week): $800
Housing Costs: $858.58, including rent and a monthly water payment for our washing machine.
Loan Payments: $188. Thankfully, my only "loan" payment is my car lease.
All Other Monthly Expenses
Boxing Membership: $199
Hulu: $11.99. I use a family log-in for Netflix and a friend's log-in for everything else.
Amazon Prime: $11.21
New York Times: $15 (includes crossword)
Chase Credit Card: $242. I'm paying off a balance transfer.
Gas, Electric & Cable: ~$57
2 p.m. — Acupuncture time! I started doing this last month when I realized my chronic knee pain wasn't going away, but I didn't want to elevate its status to “need-to-see-a-specialist.” It really helps to relieve muscle tension and jumpstart my digestion, which has been awful this past year. My acupuncturist puts a few needles in my colon area and I realize the intense cramp I had over the weekend after drinking a bunch of carbonated beverages (I only do this for mixed drinks), was in this area. I think to myself that I probably have IBS-C ... and then drift off to sleep. At the end of my session, I pay my usual co-pay. $45
3:30 p.m. — I stop at Whole Foods because I have a coffee addiction to satisfy, and I also need pesto for dinner tonight. I grab my usual coffee and watch a man pour sugar into his for a full minute before adding cream. I shudder inside. On my way to grab pesto, I pass the kombucha fridge and instinctively pick one up. I can't decide between pestos for a good five minutes and finally settle on spinach. Afterwards, I go home and work some more. Since I work at home by myself and only really have emails to answer for the rest of the day, I throw on the latest Shark Tank and Keeping Up with the Kardashians episodes to speed up the afternoon. $12.98
9:30 p.m. — After I eat a dinner of chicken, veggies, pasta, and pesto and get some writing done, I go to bed to with the idea of watching something. Instead, I read about 15 Money Diaries on Refinery29. One girl mentions that she found her boyfriend on Tinder, which inspires me to check out my Bumble. I want to see who's interested in me, so I cave in a moment of loneliness and get BumbleBoost for the week. I still want to watch something before I go to bed to unwind, but I decide it's better to go to bed and catch up on sleep. $2.99
Daily Total: $60.97
11 a.m. — I sit down to work and drink my morning protein smoothie (Amazing Greens chocolate peanut butter protein powder, almond milk, flax seeds, maca powder, and banana). I see that Rooftop Cinema Club, which I haven't been to all summer, is showing The Shining next Tuesday just when a close friend will be in town. I buy us tickets. $38
1 p.m. — After boxing, I pick up my daily coffee at Whole Foods. I need bread and broccoli, and I see apples that look too good to pass up, so I add a few things to my coffee run. $14.71
3 p.m. — I work some more and check my bank account; my balance is lower than I expected, which happens way too often. I see that the Marc Maron book I pre-ordered for my dad's birthday from Amazon was charged (even though I thought it already was), hence the low balance. $18.72
9 p.m. — It's trivia night, and we're actually doing super well! Well, with the help of the emcee, who's also our friend, who also ignored that we got a question wrong when we marked our sheet as “double or nothing.” There are pretzel sticks, cake, and we win second place! One of my friends has a gift card because they accidentally lost her headset when she left it at the bar last week, so dinner is free! (And she also gives me some gummy edibles.) What a night, y'all. All I had to pay was the valet. I get home around 11:30 and crawl into bed. $5
Daily Total: $76.43
6 p.m. — I get out of my boxing class. Wednesday is my favorite day 'cause it's all abs, but I'm so sore, it hurts to move. I told myself I was NOT going to spend money today but there's a raffle for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (I'm also taking a charity class on Saturday) and I love trying to win things! I buy two tickets at $5 each. $10
Daily Total: $10
9 a.m. — I wake up, brush my teeth, wash my face, and put on mascara in time for my 9 a.m. video call meeting. My lower back is killing me, which means I probably didn't stretch well enough after boxing last night. After my meeting, I stretch and connect Spotify to the TV so I can listen to Father John Misty. I think it's a combination of hunger and payday because I finally spring for the second pair of Girlfriend Collective leggings I've been dying to purchase for months. I can't resist the dusty rose. $65
12:30 p.m. — Inevitable Whole Foods coffee/food run! I pick up my coffee and a few essentials: Honeycrisp apples, bananas, almond coconut milk, tortilla chips, and an avocado, and make this week's lunch: avocado toast with scrambled eggs and an apple. I eat a few chips with salsa while I make lunch. I decide to watch Christine, a movie I know is going to be a downer but one I was interested in watching after it premiered at Sundance. Verdict: It's not quite as bleak as I thought it would be, which is a relief and somehow still disturbing. $21.63
Daily Total: $86.63
1 p.m. — I head out to, you guessed it, Whole Foods. I grab a coffee and a pint of chocolate Halo Top because I'm craving ice cream, but I try to hold off on the really, really good stuff until tomorrow. I make my usual lunch this week and put on The Challenge. I'm dealing with an exceptionally annoying coworker (not within my company, but an outside vendor). It's requiring all of the good inside of me to take the high road and send nice emails back to his rude complaints. $8.42
6:10 p.m. — I finish up the last of my smoothie, check some emails, and scurry out the door to meet up with a friend for drinks. We go to Wood & Vine on Hollywood Blvd. because it's right by her bus stop, but, ugh. There's no reason to ever spend time on Hollywood Blvd. unless you're going to a show at the Pantages. We have a great chat, aided by two glasses of Malbec on my end, and we split street corn, mac 'n' cheese, and fries. The bill is stupidly expensive at $94. I put it on my card and my friend Venmos me her share. $53
9:45 p.m. — I made the dumb decision to drive to Hollywood, thinking I'd somehow find a street parking spot. This is rarely possible, so I'm not quite sure what convinced me it would happen this time. I finally decide to pay for parking, to the amusement of the attendants. I park under a guava tree at home and always have fresh guavas sitting on my windshield that I'm too lazy to take off. The parking valets are so amused by this that they take a couple and give me a $5 discount on parking. $20
10 p.m. — I'm happily drunk and craving something sweet — and also food in general since the little we shared in Hollywood was not filling at all. I go to my favorite ice cream shop, Salt & Straw, and spring for a double scoop of Candycopia and salted malted chocolate chip cookie dough. Totally worth it. I watch the rest of the Spielberg documentary with my roommate at home. $7.90
Daily Total: $89.32
8:30 a.m. — I get up, quickly get ready, and head out to my boxing class. I usually don't go on weekends, but today is a special class where all proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It feels great to work out after the not-so-healthy dinner and dessert combo I had last night. I'm super close to my favorite burrito place so I drop off some clothes I've been meaning to leave at Goodwill and grab my delicious burrito (egg, bacon, hashbrowns, jalapenos, and avocado). I need my caffeine fix so I add cold brew to my lot. $15.50
11 a.m. — Time to do some house cleaning. It's my turn to do the living room and bathroom this week, so I start with the bathroom, clean the floors of my bedroom, and the living room. My roommate charges me via Venmo for my share of the gas this month. I take a glorious shower and decide to amuse myself for a few hours with some shopping.
2:30 p.m. — I go to my favorite thrift shop and pick out a bunch of things to try on. I looooove the vintage tee collection, but I'm afraid I'm starting to collect too many. I grab a great fall skirt and a kimono jacket. I still have $16.92 left over in credit from when I sold stuff a couple of weeks ago, so I get a great deal on some killer vintage pieces. $38.97
4 p.m. — Now on to L.A.'s greatest record store. I want everything on my list of 20. I finally decide on Born To Die because I love Lana and it's a classic. $21.83
6:30 p.m. — I mull over what I want for dinner. Burger? Pizza? I should get salad. Nope, pizza — but I'll make it! I have sauce, so I grab the cheese and dough at Trader Joe's. $5.18
11 p.m. — My roommate's going out for the rest of the night and my stomach is in agony from an edible gummy worm I ate, the pizza, and a pint of chocolate Halo Top. I try to watch an episode of Supergirl and remember that I wanted to buy an “I Don't Mind” t-shirt to benefit NAMI. I make it in two minutes before the promotion is over. $32.84
Daily Total: $114.32
10:30 a.m. — I get up, make a protein smoothie, and head out to meet a friend at her house in the Valley because we're going to Harry Potter World! For free! Her roommate works for Universal Cable Productions and she has free passes. This place is so magical! We walk through Hogsmeade, go on the VR ride (which almost makes me cry out of sheer joy), and on the tiny roller coaster. We stop for butterbeer, which the roommate graciously pays for. I'm parched, though, so I grab a bottled water. Theme park water is expensive. $4.83
3 p.m. — We go on a couple more rides — Minions and Transformers — but it is fucking hot out here and we're all starving. We leave and go to Sweet Butter in the Valley for a late lunch. I know I'm going to crave my leftover pizza when I get home, so I stick with a light avocado toast to avoid getting too full. $10.40
6 p.m. — I head home after a great theme park day and remember I need to pick up broccoli. I stop at Trader Joe's and grab that, a couple of Honey Crisp apples, and Everything But the Bagel seasoning for my avocado toast lunches. I watch the rest of the Sex and the City movie with my roommate and reheat my pizza. By 10, I'm ready to crawl into bed and catch up on Supergirl. $7.06
Daily Total: $22.29