A Week In Burbank, CA, On A $36,000 Salary


Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we’re tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We’re asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we’re tracking every last dollar.

Today: an executive assistant working in entertainment who makes $36,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on Nubian Heritage soap.

Occupation: Executive Assistant
Industry: Entertainment
Age: 23
Location: Burbank, CA
Salary: $36,000
Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $1,055
Gender Identity: Woman

Monthly Expenses
Rent: $950 (for a bedroom and shared bathroom in a 3-bed/2.5-bath, renting with two other roommates)
Cell Phone: $0 (on my parents’ plan)
Utilities: ~$75 (gas, water, electric, internet)
Insurance (car and health): $0 (still on my parents’ plan)
401(k): 6% of my salary, my company matches 6%
Netflix: $0 (I won three free years when I went to see The Ellen DeGeneres Show)
Hulu: $0 (on my sister’s account)
Amazon Prime: $0 (on my Dad’s account)
Tidal: $9.99
Probiotics: $31
Acne medication (every other month): $40
Savings: $100

Day One

6:30 a.m. — I wake up to my alarm via the Tide app. I started using it back in college because they had a calming pomodoro timer. Now they feature an alarm clock that allows you to fall asleep and wake up to the sounds of nature or peaceful music. I hate the aggressive sounds programmed on my iPhone.

7 a.m. — I’m finally out of bed and dressed in my black Nike Dri-Fit shorts and a black Roxy sports bra. My lower back has been sore, so I put on a 30-minute yoga YouTube video by Sarah Beth. I’ve never made a budget for a gym membership or fitness classes (frankly, I don’t really like working out in front of other people anyways), knowing I can follow so many great videos online for free.

7:30 a.m. — My back feels so much better! I thank myself for taking time to heal, then hop in the shower. Showers feel amazing, but I’m conscious of my water use, so I normally am in and out pretty quick. I use Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap and Mayfair Soap Foundry’s Sea Lily Jasmine Sugar Scrub. When I’m all dry, I put a gel moisturizer on my face from Trader Joe’s, Almond Body Butter from The Body Shop (I only buy this when I see it on sale at TJ Maxx or Marshalls), and Miu Miu perfume. Some Honest Beauty mascara and a NXY brow pencil are next, then I’m ready to get …read more


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