A Week In The Boston Area On A $96,000 Joint Income
Occupation: Managing Editor
Industry: Education
Age: 28
Location: Boston, MA
My Salary: $61,000
My Husband’s Salary (T.): $35,000
My Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $1,807 (post taxes, 401(k), transit pass)
My Husband’s Paycheck Amount (1x/month): $2,800 (graduate student stipend/external grants)
Gender Identity: Woman

Monthly Expenses
Rent: $2,180 for a one-bedroom near T.’s campus (includes pet fee) + $200 parking
Health insurance: $110 (from T.’s stipend)
Utilities: $70-$90
Internet: $40
Cleaning Service: $170 for two visits/month
Cell Phone: $120 (for us, my mom, my sister)
Car Expenses: Paid cash for a used car a few years ago, which we share. Car insurance: $48
Pet Insurance: $30
Dog Walker: $90/week
Donations: $60 ($25 library in hometown, $15 national park in home state, $10 local animal rescue, $5 each NPR/PBS)
Streaming Services: We have logins for Netflix/Hulu/HBO/etc from our parents.
iCloud Family: $2.99
Spotify Family: $15
New York Times: $15
Candy Subscription Box: $9.99 (year-long present for T.’s brother, ends in a few months)
Patreon: $15
The Atlantic: $50/year
Web Hosting: $20/year
Amazon Prime: $120/year (I would like to cancel but haven’t been able to convince T. to cut the cord yet)

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