A Week In New York City On A $39,000 Salary

A Week In New York City On A $39,000 Salary

2 p.m. — At Trader Joe's, I buy salmon, ground beef, chicken breast, almond butter, pistachios, salad mix, cucumber, avocados, potatoes, lemons, ground coffee, almond milk, snap peas, squash, broccoli, pesto, and jalapeño lime almond dip. (Can you tell I'm prepping for Whole30??) I bought some heavy-hitters, so my total is high. $97.99
A Week In Amsterdam On A $55,542 Salary

A Week In Amsterdam On A $55,542 Salary

12:30 p.m. — Earlier today, I invited my sister out to lunch. Now it's lunchtime, and she's not picking up the phone, so I try to reach her via my dad. Dad offers to eat with me instead, because my sister made plans to go shopping. Don't get me wrong, I love spending time with…
A Week In Brooklyn, NY, On A $156,000 Salary

A Week In Brooklyn, NY, On A $156,000 Salary

8 p.m. — Now that the crowds have died down, I head out to the grocery store to get the provisions for Christmas Eve dinner. I'm making cod with white beans, olives, and kale, lemon pasta (I just can't get enough), and olive oil cake with pears. At the store, I pick up sour cream,…
A Week In Los Angeles, CA, On A $63,216 Salary

A Week In Los Angeles, CA, On A $63,216 Salary

10 a.m. — I have some free time before the jury trial in my courtroom resumes, so I do what I do best when I'm bored: eat. I tear open my favorite Japanese snack, Chocorooms, which are crispy chocolate-shaped mushrooms crackers. I purchased a whole box from Costco last month, and I use all my…
A Week In Grand Rapids, MI, On A $74,000 Salary

A Week In Grand Rapids, MI, On A $74,000 Salary

Monthly ExpensesMortgage: $787 (Including property taxes and insurance. I bought a house two years ago on my own after owning a condo and flipping it a bit. I made $25,000 on the condo and avoided PMI on the house.)Car Payment: $402 iPhone Payment: $58 Student Loans: $0 (I paid them off 50-50 with my parents…
A Week In Paris, France, On A $101,000 Salary

A Week In Paris, France, On A $101,000 Salary

12:21 p.m. — Morning meetings are over, so I duck outside for lunch. I head to the supermarket to stock up on soup, yogurt, and bars for the next week. Paris is a lunchtime minefield, and if I'm not careful, I know I'll end up spending more money than I can afford. I used to…
A Week In Atlanta, GA, On A $55,900 Salary

A Week In Atlanta, GA, On A $55,900 Salary

2:30 p.m. — I still don't know what I am going to wear to the party, and it's in less than five hours. After my expensive morning, I decide to just borrow one of my friend's dresses. I drive over to my friend, T.'s, house to pick her up and the dress. We then go…
A Week In Burlington, VT, On A $40,000 Salary

A Week In Burlington, VT, On A $40,000 Salary

9:15 p.m. — E. and I run home to check on the dog. I'm a little paranoid after the pee situation earlier, so we just run up, make sure she's okay, and leave to meet my parents, my sister, and my sister's BF at a Japanese place around the corner. None of us are that…
A Week Near Cocoa Beach, FL, On A $53,000 Salary

A Week Near Cocoa Beach, FL, On A $53,000 Salary

10 a.m. — I wander through the grocery store, picking up shrimp, a small fillet of mahi mahi, cucumber, scallions, a container of spring lettuce mix, garlic, pre-cut carrots, bean sprouts, mushrooms, a package of chocolate chip cookies, eggs, orange juice, guacamole, hummus, bean chips, and two 12-packs of sparkling water. I also refill my…
A Week In New York City On A $64,000 Salary

A Week In New York City On A $64,000 Salary

11 a.m. — I head out to Trader Joe's and quickly realize that all of the buses are rerouting. I hop on the bus, which takes a detour, but it's fine because I end up near TJ's. I grab a salad kit, Asian slaw, bell peppers, apples, avocados, bananas, Turkey and Stuffing Chips (don't knock…

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