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A Week In Chicago, IL, On $100 An Hour

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

Today: a consultant working in Communications/Public Affairs who makes $100 an hour and spends some of her money on hydrangeas.

Occupation: Consultant
Industry: Communications/Public Affairs
Age: 28
Location: Chicago, IL
Salary: $100/hr
Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $4,000 (pre-tax)
Gender Identity: Woman

Monthly Expenses Rent: $1,247.50 (my half for a two-bedroom apartment split with my boyfriend B.) Student Loans: $0 (thanks to my parents and generous financial aid, I had a relatively small amount in loans that I paid off about three years after graduating) Utilities (Gas, Electric, Internet): $80-100 for my half Cell Phone: $0 (thanks parents and work) Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu, Amazon: $0 (my parents love TV) Apple Music: $10.59 Headspace App: $13.77 Health Insurance: $105 (When I switched to part-time work I was able to get insurance through my boyfriend’s job since we’ve lived together for a few years; I pay this amount to him directly on the first of each month to cover my additional expense.) Investments: $500 into a high-yield savings account (I currently have about $25,000 in that account, as well as about $90,000 in retirement savings and other investments) Donations: $100 (split between various local abortion funds, the Chicago Community Bond Fund, Planned Parenthood, […]

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