A Week In San Diego, CA On A Joint $160,000 Income

A Week In San Diego, CA On A Joint $160,000 Income

3 p.m. — As much as we wanted to go out and play after nap time, it's started raining again. We're southern Californians and don't do well in the rain, so we decide to stay in, build a pillow fort, and watch Frozen. Again. While my partner is keeping everyone happy in the pillow fort,…
A Week In San Francisco, CA, On A $330,000 Income

A Week In San Francisco, CA, On A $330,000 Income

7:50 p.m. — It's dinnertime! I always try to cook and eat dinner at home, even though work provides dinner, too. I enjoy cooking (most of the time) and spending quality time with my boyfriend, N., or, if he's busy at work late, the TV. Tonight, I batch-baked some miso soy sauce flounder I defrosted…
A Week In New York City On A $225,000 Income

A Week In New York City On A $225,000 Income

4 p.m. — We head back to the hotel room for a nap before getting ready for the evening. On the way, we grab three water bottles at CVS, which we put on the shared card ($3). I hop in the shower, get ready, and we're out the door at 5 to head to the…
A Week In Austin, TX, On An $85,000 Income

A Week In Austin, TX, On An $85,000 Income

Occupation: Account ManagerIndustry: Social Media MarketingAge: 27Location: Austin, TXIncome: $85,000 average ($41,500 base, $1,500-$3,500 monthly commission, and $12,000 from my personal stylist side hustle)Full-Time Job Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $1,470, plus $2,000-3,000 in commission once a month. In 2018, my monthly commission average was $2,616.Part-Time Job Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $768
A Week In Seattle, WA, On A $145,000 Income

A Week In Seattle, WA, On A $145,000 Income

5:30 p.m. — Another busy Friday at daycare. I wait in line before a parking spot opens up, then snatch it and go pick up my daughter. We take her terrarium home. It has two green buds in it, and I ask her whether they're edible. She calls me silly and gives me a blueberry.…
A Week In Brooklyn, NY On A $48,000 Income

A Week In Brooklyn, NY On A $48,000 Income

9:30 p.m. — Awkward day at the gym. Some guy kept trying to talk to me when I had my headphones on, and I thought he was hitting on me so gave him huge grimace. Then on his second attempt, I actually listened to what he said, and I realized that we hooked up on…
A Week In Toronto, Canada, On A $55,000 Income

A Week In Toronto, Canada, On A $55,000 Income

12:45 p.m. — I go to the butcher shop, where I get chicken breast on sale and trout ($15.91). Then I stop at a cheese shop for brie that's on special and a baguette ($7.61). Next, I head to a fruit and veggie store to pick up broccoli, tomato, cucumber, bok choy, mushrooms, avocados, grapefruit,…
A Week In Pittsburgh, PA, On A $54,000 Income

A Week In Pittsburgh, PA, On A $54,000 Income

8:15 a.m. — Grocery time! I live within walking distance of Whole Foods, Target, and Trader Joe's, which is so convenient. I start at WF because their produce is the best. I used to sleep with a guy who worked in their meat department ("date" would be too strong a word), and it's still a…
A Week In Portland, OR, On A $86,000 Income

A Week In Portland, OR, On A $86,000 Income

9:30 a.m. — I eat a banana with Siggi's vanilla yogurt and work from my home office. I started managing projects as an independent consultant when T. and I moved to Portland a year and a half ago. I'm from the Bay Area originally and left a higher-paying job in Silicon Valley because I felt…

A Week In New York City On An $85,500 Income

9 a.m. — I wake up, make some coffee and eggs with spinach and Swiss cheese, clean up the apartment, and put folded laundry away. I spend the day watching reruns of Happy Endings while browsing through FreshDirect. I schedule my next grocery delivery of Lean Cuisines, frozen chicken strips, frozen salmon, frozen spinach, frozen…

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