If you’re reading this site, you’re interested in personal finance, and so you’ve probably already heard of the “Money Diaries” series on Refinery29. I’ve been a fan for awhile, mostly because I’m nosy and enjoy peeking (and, okay, judging) where others spend their hard earned dollars. Honestly, the comments offer some of the best reads.
They also recently published a money diaries anthology. Click here to get your copy.
Since I find it so addicting, I thought it would be fun to catalogue my own spending for an entire week. Admittedly, it’s been awhile since I’ve tracked my expenses by writing each transaction down after the fact, but it’s always a good reminder when budget and saving.
Okay, here we go.
Student Loan Payment: $0
Electric: He pays
Gym: $179 (Pure Barre)
401(k): My company matches my contribution. It’s 5% of my salary, which I can’t disclose.
Public Transportation: $42.00 per month
Money Diary – Day 1
Money Diary – Day 2
Money Diary – Day 3
Money Diary – Day 4
Money Diary – Day 5
- Food + Drink = $132.25
- Entertainment = $90 on wine tasting for Dad’s Bday.
- Home + Health = $0
- Clothes + Beauty = $60 on makeup for engagement shoot
- Transport = $34.64
- Savings = $268.74
- Other = $244.00
Weekly Total = $829.63
Final Thoughts: Some weeks I spend more than what’s here on groceries, clothes, and health. Other weeks I spend less on going out to dinner and paying for other services. All-in-all I would say it’s slightly elevated, but you can see here I clearly value food and treating friends and family.