A Week In North Carolina On A Joint $156,000 Salary

A Week In North Carolina On A Joint $156,000 Salary

6 a.m. — My alarm goes off and I hear S. awake already, so I get in the shower. She's still making noise when I get out, so I quickly get dressed and blowdry my hair (she's afraid of the blowdryer). She is yet again extremely fussy and whiny. I'm prepared for it this morning,…
A Week In New York City On A $65,000 Salary

A Week In New York City On A $65,000 Salary

3:40 p.m. — We decide to order this week's groceries online. We do this pretty often because there aren't any big grocery stores in our neighborhood. This also allows us to get everything all at once and split it down the middle, without leaving the couch. I place an order of orange juice, chicken sausage,…
A Week In Columbus, OH, On A $75,000 Salary

A Week In Columbus, OH, On A $75,000 Salary

5 p.m. — I'm finally home after the tasting, walking off the buzz, and grocery shopping. I'm slightly psychotic about groceries and buy roughly 75% from Trader Joe's, 20% from Costco, and the remaining 5% from Whole Foods. It takes a long time, but it's worth it for me. This week from Trader Joe's I…
A Week In Pittsburgh, PA, On A $52,000 Salary

A Week In Pittsburgh, PA, On A $52,000 Salary

2:15 p.m. — My day is busy. On Mondays I do payroll for the week, which always takes up most of my day. I stop to eat lunch around 12:30. I have grilled chicken, raw red peppers with ranch, a piece of garlic bread, and a cookie. Once my payroll duties are completed, I catch…
A Week In Detroit, MI, On A $52,275 Salary

A Week In Detroit, MI, On A $52,275 Salary

5 p.m. — I call my friend to catch up while driving to Target. I pick up sponges, dryer sheets, hand soap, cotton rounds, shampoo, conditioner, a new water bottle, and garlic bread. The new water bottle is really exciting, because I now have enough to keep one at home, one in my car, and…
A Week In Yangon, Myanmar, On A $52,200 Salary

A Week In Yangon, Myanmar, On A $52,200 Salary

8 p.m. — We have no food in the house, so I head to the supermarket to pick up our essentials for the week (Grab costs $1.30). I get apples, yogurt, carrots, red peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, feta, Parmesan, canned tomato, tomato paste, a coffee plunger, a sponge, and cat food ($17.50 for my…
A Week In New York City On A $100,000 Salary

A Week In New York City On A $100,000 Salary

8 a.m. — Got out of the shower and say hi to my roommate. I live with my best friend from college who I've known for five years. We share a two bedroom rent-stabilized apartment that we found on Craigslist. It required a lot of DIY and elbow grease to make it livable (I re-grouted…
A Week In Portland, OR, On A $60,000 Salary

A Week In Portland, OR, On A $60,000 Salary

10:30 a.m. — My boyfriend, E., and I head to the other side of town to try a breakfast place I saw on Instagram. E. is currently unemployed, so I've been picking up most of the checks. We get a piece of crumb cake, a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, and an open-faced egg salad…
A Week In Phoenix, AZ, On A $57,000 Salary

A Week In Phoenix, AZ, On A $57,000 Salary

3 p.m. — I read today's Money Diary and cry — the diarist lost her sister recently, and I relate so much to a lot of what she says. It's so, so hard, especially living so far away from my family and not knowing very many people here. Sometimes I think it's a miracle I'm…
A Week In New York City On A $129,000 Salary

A Week In New York City On A $129,000 Salary

11 a.m. — I get to TJ's, and it's just beginning to get crowded, so I rush to get everything. I get spinach, a lemon, apples, bananas, onions, celery, carrots, cheese sticks, cheddar cheese, chicken sausage, yogurts, pickles, chicken stock, chicken thighs, shrimp, and granola bars. $64.33

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