A Week In Tri-Cities, WA, On A $37,440 Salary

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 dollar.
Today: a family services coordinator who makes $37,440 per year. This week, she spends some of her money on several red flannel shirts.
Occupation: Family Services Coordinator
Industry: Education & Nonprofit
Age: 22
Location: Tri-Cities, WA
Salary: $37,440
Paycheck: $1,100 every other Wednesday
Monthly Expenses
Housing: $250. I live at home and give this to my mom.
Student Loan Payment: $43/month. I'm on an income-driven plan, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for loan forgiveness.
All Other Monthly Expenses
Car Payment: $234
Car Insurance: $104
Credit Cards: ~$750/month. (I know.)
Netflix & Hulu: $0. My brother lets me mooch off him.
Gym: $10
Groceries: $50/month. My brother, sister and I all live at home, so we all contribute to a communal grocery fund for basics.
Personal Loan: $127. I took out a small loan to pay for my vacation last month. It was worth it!
Utilities: ~$70 for my share
Internet: $17.50
Cell Phone: $70 with unlimited everything
Health Insurance: $131.44 deducted from my paycheck pre-tax
In New York and want to talk about Money Diaries IRL? Lindsey Stanberry, R29's Director of Work & Money, will be chatting about all things money and taboos with writer Helaine Olen and photographer Brittany Powell tomorrow, Wednesday, September 27 at the International Center Of Photography at 6:30 p.m.
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