A Week In Alaskan Bush On A $60,000 Salary
Occupation: Elementary School Teacher
Industry: Education
Age: 28
Location: Alaskan Bush
Salary: $60,000
Net Worth: -$18,000 ($5,000 in an emergency fund, $15,000 between IRA, Roth IRA & other investment accounts + $2,000 in my 401(k) at a job I recently started – debt)
Debt: $40,000 in student loans left from Master’s (my Bachelor’s is paid off)
Paycheck Amount (1x/month): $3,506
Pronouns: She/her

Monthly Expenses
Rent: $471, but this is taken out pre-tax because I live in a village of ~300 people and there isn’t enough housing, so my school district supplies teacher housing; utilities are included and I share a two-bedroom house with one roommate.
Loans ~ $1,300 (it varies a bit month by month, but the minimum is only around $300-$400)
Savings: ~$1,400 (I max out my Roth IRA, put a couple hundred in my emergency and rainy day funds, and have several sinking funds (travel, gifts, major clothing purchases, and future schooling))
Phone: $75
Disney+: $4.99 (it’s the only streaming service that works at school so it’s what I use with my students. I share Netflix and Spotify with friends and they are paying at the moment.)
Hum: ~$25 for vitamins (Hair Sweet Hair and Here Comes the Sun)
Full Circle Produce: $150 (I use the prepay option for a produce delivery service where I pay $300 and they give me $315 in credits and we usually go through it in a month since there are not many ways to get a variety of fresh produce out here; I split this with my housemate, H.)
Medevac Insurance: $49/year
Health Insurance: paid 100% by my employer

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