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.
Today, we're looking at the spending habits of women who are 30-years-old in different cities in the U.S. These days, it seems like many people see reaching 30 as a major turning point in their lives, personally and professionally. One recent, high profile example of that is Lady Gaga, who said that she wanted to "explode" into her 30s, and now owns who she is with the hope of showing others what that can look like.
Ahead, here is what 30 looks like for five other women around the country: single, married, entering motherhood, making their way up the ranks at work, or starting over.
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Have a money diary you'd like to share? Right now, in addition to our ongoing diaries, we're looking for potential diarists along the following themes:
1. #TransWeek Diarists: In honor of Transgender Awareness Week (Nov. 14-20), we plan to showcase diaries from members of the trans and non-binary communities. Submit your week in money here.
2. Couple's Diaries: We want to take a closer look at how romantic partners who live together handle their money together — and individually. Whether you're married and live together, are unmarried and live together, or are in any combination of partnership and maintaining a joint household, we want BOTH of you to submit a Money Diary tracking your expenses for one week. We'll publish both diaries in an upcoming Money Diaries Monday story. Submit here.