Christmas Money Diary: A Teacher In London On A 30k Salary

Welcome to Money Diaries, where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking a cross-section of women how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period – and we're tracking every last penny.

This week, in the first of our Christmas specials, a 29-year-old woman reveals how she gets by on a teacher's salary in one of the most expensive cities in the world at one of the most expensive times of year. School dinners might have something to do with it...

Industry: Education
Age: 29
Location: Vauxhall
Salary: £29,270
Paycheque amount per month: £1,679.92
Number of roommates: 1

Monthly Expenses

Housing costs: £700
Utilities: £100
Transportation: £80
Phone bill: £45
Savings: £200
Car insurance: £45

Total: £1,170

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