A Week In New York City On A $75,000 Salary

A Week In New York City On A $75,000 Salary

8 a.m. — My coworker brought in leftover candy, so I munch on a Reese's cup and a mini 100 Grand bar for breakfast. It's a slow morning, so I daydream on Zillow about houses in my hometown. Neither my husband nor I are from NYC originally, and we've talked about moving out of the…
A Week In Houston, TX, On A $117,400 Salary

A Week In Houston, TX, On A $117,400 Salary

6 p.m. — I get home and start dinner. We have half the chicken from last night, so I decide to make tostadas. I wash and chop romaine, tomato, onion, jalapeños, and cilantro, pull the chicken, and make the guacamole. (This is a great recipe to clean out your fridge!) C. comes home by 6:45,…
A Week In Washington, D.C., On A $40,000 Salary

A Week In Washington, D.C., On A $40,000 Salary

7:30 p.m. — My friend wants to go out for dinner, but I don't feel like spending money, so I decline. I take the bus home and make dinner (and several lunches) from my grocery store ingredients instead. I chop up the peppers, onion, and cabbage, and add garlic, a little olive oil, smoked paprika,…
A Week In Seattle, WA, On A $85,000 Salary

A Week In Seattle, WA, On A $85,000 Salary

1:30 p.m. — We stop by Trader Joe's for groceries for the week. We pick up kale, avocados, a cucumber, spicy hummus, coconut aminos, tofu, jackfruit yellow curry, veggie burgers, stir-fry veggies, riced cauliflower, marinara sauce, spiralized zucchini, sweet potato crackers, plantain chips, frozen mango, almond milk, lemonade, sparkling water, and ghost pepper chips. We…
A Week In New York City On A $68,224 Salary

A Week In New York City On A $68,224 Salary

Monthly ExpensesRent: $200 (I live at home in Queens, where I was born and raised, and pay my mom a small amount every month.)Student Loan Payment: $0 (I had about $35,000 in loans after graduating. I paid for $15,000 and my mom paid for $20,000.)Netflix: $10.99 (I share with my mom, sister, and boyfriend.)Weights Class:…
A Week In Madrid, Spain, On A $34,165 Salary

A Week In Madrid, Spain, On A $34,165 Salary

2:30 p.m. — Every other month, we place a large online order to stock up on nonperishables because lugging all those jars and cans from the store and up four flights of stairs yourself is a huge pain (even if it is good for your butt). We get laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, bathroom cleaner, floor…
A Week In San Diego, CA, On A $125,000 Salary

A Week In San Diego, CA, On A $125,000 Salary

2:30 p.m. — N. picks me up. He did the grocery shopping while I was at work/lunch and bought steak, turkey, bacon, asparagus, burger buns, granola bars, popcorn, teriyaki sauce, Gatorade, broccoli, apples, oranges, bananas, zucchini, strawberries, raspberries, and Halo Top. We split the total of $80. On the way home, we stop so he…
A Week In Los Angeles, CA, On A $52,767 Salary

A Week In Los Angeles, CA, On A $52,767 Salary

5:30 p.m. — My alarm wakes me up from my nap. I groggily get out of bed and grab shopping bags. I head to Sprouts and LOAD UP. I buy: two types of tofu, veggie burgers, veggie sausages, tempeh bacon, a cauliflower pizza, half and half, coffee (hella coffee), kombucha, whipped cream, fruit-only popsicles, cottage…
A Week In New York City On A Joint $250,625 Salary

A Week In New York City On A Joint $250,625 Salary

Monthly ExpensesRent: $1,300 (Until last month, our rent was $3,500 for a one-bedroom in Manhattan, but we recently moved back to Queens, where we lived for years prior to me starting my job. Now our rent is $1,300 for a two-bedroom.)Student Loan Payment: $2,806.46 (I have about $250,000 in student loans from my graduate degree…
A Week In Austin, TX, On A $55,000 Salary

A Week In Austin, TX, On A $55,000 Salary

1 p.m. — My boyfriend picks me up for Whole Foods, and I get food from the hot bar: BBQ chicken, mac and cheese, and green beans ($11.75). I buy groceries, too: mushrooms, chard, sushi, raspberries, Greek yogurt, bread, avocado, and granola ($27.78). $39.53

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