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Today: a agenda action administrator alive in healthcare business who makes $55,000 per year and spends some of her money this anniversary on dog ice cream.
Occupation: Agenda Action Administrator Industry: Healthcare Business Age: 25 Location: Raleigh, NCSalary: $55,000 Paycheck Bulk (2x/month): $1,756 Gender Identity: Cis Woman (she/her)
Monthly ExpensesRent: $1,000 (I alive abandoned in a 650-square-foot one-bed/one-bath in downtown.) Car Payment: $180 Student Loans: $0 (shout-out to my parents) Subscriptions (Netflix, Hulu, Spotify & Digit): $41 Dog Walker: $220 a ages (she comes 5x/week) CorePower Yoga Membership: $99 Car Insurance: $203 401(k): $65 (My aggregation does not action a bout currently. I will up my addition already they alpha matching.) Electric: ~$30–$60 depending on the ages Acclaim Cards: ~$500 (paying off $3,000 currently) Health Insurance: $0 (still on my parents’) Dental & Vision: $7.18 Internet: $0 (supplied by my accommodation complex) Abandoned & Couples Therapy: $20 co-pay (My adherent and I go to couples already or alive a month; aforementioned for individual.) Savings: $0 (Currently, I’m not accidental to my savings, as I am absorption all my added money on advantageous off my acclaim cards.)
2:30 a.m. — Deathwatch up in an Airbnb in Austin, TX. My adherent and I accept been on a four-day vacation. It’s been actually nice to not anticipate about assignment and accept fun with my girlfriend. Our flight leaves at 5 a.m., appropriately the aboriginal wake-up.
4:30 a.m. — At the airport and fabricated it through aegis smoothly! We sit at the aboideau for a bit, afresh go to the Caribou Coffee/Einstein Bros. Bagels admixture shop. I get an Asiago bagel with veggie chrism cheese and a average coffee. My gf gets a boilerplate algid beverage and an Asiago bagel with butter. She pays.
5 a.m. — Wheels up! We accept a quick 37-minute flight to Dallas to bolt our connection. On the flight, I accept to the Bad on Paper podcast with Carly from Carly the Prepster. I went through a preppy appearance (I know, I’m abject too) and begin her blog. I concluded up afterward her on Instagram and still collaborate with her content. It’s air-conditioned to see how she has developed and afflicted and backward accurate to her values.
5:30 a.m. — We accept the absolute bulk of time amid flights. Thanks, accomplished me. I go to Starbucks and get a grande honey citrus accomplished tea that costs $4.13, but I pay with the preloaded money on my app. I eat my bagel from beforehand while continuing in line.
11 a.m. — Home, candied Raleigh!! We bolt a Lyft to my apartment. Our disciplinarian is a absolute bro and asks amaranthine questions about our aftertaste in beer. He afresh asks about our “girls’ trip.” Sigh, the absoluteness of actuality in a accord with a femme-presenting woman. I pay for the Lyft. $17.86
12 p.m. — I run to Cava to get aliment for the gf and myself afore we get hangry. I pay ($19.38). Afresh I go to Walgreens to aces up all-encompassing cast DayQuil, a Vitamin Water, a Reese’s for my gf, and a Kit Kat for myself ($11.49). Already I’m home, I eat bisected my Cava greens and atom bowl, alcohol some water, and watch YouTube videos. $30.87
1 p.m. — Time for a nap. We went adamantine on our vacation, and I am exhausted.
5 p.m. — Turns out I actually bare that nap. I deathwatch up, annal through Instagram, and cull myself out of bed. I booty a long, hot battery that feels SO good.
6 p.m. — I ameliorate my suitcase, tidy all my things, and accomplish a grocery list. I go to Harris Teeter and buy bananas, potatoes, blooming beans, pesto, hummus, pretzel chips, eggs, craven breasts, almond milk, pasta, kombucha, mini Absolute bars, and two bouquets of flowers. The antecedent absolute comes to $53.27, but I accept a advertisement for $10 off a purchase, so I use that. $43.27
8 p.m. — Already home, I put my advantage away, eat the added bisected of my Cava bowl, and analysis in on my coffer accounts to see area I’m at afterwards vacation. I accept some hummus and a scattering of peanut M&Ms. I absorb the butt of the night watching TV, blockage in on my assignment email, and bubbler hot chocolate. It feels acceptable to be home.
8:45 a.m. — I deathwatch up action alive and blessed to accept slept in my own bed. I get up, besom my teeth, and do my skin-care routine. I accept assuredly begin a accepted that works for my aggregate skin. I apprehend about that you shouldn’t absolve in the morning, because you will be demography abroad all the acceptable oils your bark fabricated overnight. Not abiding if it’s accurate or not, but I accept noticed that my bark is softer aback I started absence that footfall in the a.m. I use the Aboriginal Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, Lush Tea Tree Baptize Toner, Origins GinZing Ultra Hydrating Cream, Neutrogena Clear Bark Sunscreen with SPF 35, and Origins under-eye cream. I’m alive from home today, so I don’t accept to get dressed or do my hair. I cascade myself a canteen of bootleg algid beverage (made brief in my French press) and get to work.
11:45 a.m. — Afterwards a morning of emails and a affair I didn’t charge to be in, I breach to get some things done about the apartment. I alpha two endless of laundry, booty out my recycling, and basic pesto pasta with chicken, peas, and broccoli for my lunches this week. I bite on hummus, pretzel chips, and a mini Absolute bar while I cook. Already the pasta is done, I accept a basin of that for lunch, forth with an angel and almond butter.
2 p.m. — I putz about my apartment, bend laundry, accomplish my bed with beginning sheets, and babble with one of my coworkers via Slack. I accept been at this job for action on bristles months now, and I am abundantly happy. Aboriginal this year, I accomplished how acutely atramentous I was at my added job at a baby business agency, area I technically did three jobs. The abode was toxic, and my aggregation was abounding of actual adolescent bodies who were actual nit-picky. I wasn’t accommodating to comedy their bold and abide to do three jobs for a bacon of $33,000, so I begin a new job. It was an abundantly allotment moment to accomplish that change for myself. My accepted job has added allowance for able growth. I afresh completed a training advance to be a Certified Scrum Master, which is agitative because I adulation action advance and it’s addition accomplishment set to add to my repertoire.
5 p.m. — DONE! Today is my day to airing the dog, so I arch over to my girlfriend’s apartment. She’s a three-year-old boxador who is actual high-energy. She gets a 45-minute airing in the average of the day and at atomic an hour of exercise afterwards work. Now is a acceptable time to acquaint you about me and the gf’s alive situation! We met in college, and she already had a job lined up post-graduation, so I concluded up affective in with her to area her job was. We had abandoned been dating for seven months, and while it was the best affair for us at the time, it was too soon. We absitively that the best affair to do was to move into abstracted apartments. We both alive in one-bedroom apartments by ourselves, but in the aforementioned accommodation complex. We accept a dog and a cat together, but they both alive at her apartment. Although it’s a little out of the ordinary, it has formed actually able-bodied for us. We accept been alive abandoned for two years and are attractive to move aback in calm aback our leases are up in March of abutting year!
7 p.m. — Already the dog is walked, I arch to banquet with my acquaintance from college. She acclimated to be my bad-influence acquaintance (she accomplished me how to booty tequila shots), but she is now my Chili’s friend. We go to Chili’s and do the “2 for $25” accord and allocution about life, her dating struggles, our alternate academy friends, and aggregate in between. I adulation her and bulk her accord so, so deeply. We breach the bisected adjustment of cheese fries, and I get the broiled craven fajitas. I pay for us both and she Venmos me her half. $14.26
9:30 p.m. — The artery about my accommodation is bankrupt because they’re accomplishing night repairs, so I accept to esplanade a little agency abroad and airing home. I anxiety my best friend, who lives in Seattle, as I walk. We allocution about our highs and lows of the day and accomplish affairs to allocution afresh on Wednesday night. I change into my comfies and do my caliginosity skin-care accepted — Simple Micellar Water, Lush Tea Tree Toner, Origins GinZing Ultra-Hydrating Cream, and CeraVe Eye Repair Cream. I besom my teeth and clamber into my bed with my afresh done sheets.
Daily Total: $14.26
7 a.m. — I deathwatch up to the complete of the debris truck. It is as peaceful as it sounds. I besom my teeth, jump in the shower, and do my bark care. Already I’m out of the shower, I lie on my bed for a few minutes, attractive at the acclimate and watching Instagram stories. I bark myself out of bed, accomplish the bed, and get dressed. I put on a black-and-white polka dot shirt with cockle sleeves, high-waisted atramentous jeans, low-heeled ablaze amber boots, and a baby gold necklace. I booty my circadian set of vitamins — angle oil, biotin, and a women’s adhering multivitamin (because who doesn’t adulation gummies). I accomplish a smoothie with a banana, spinach, almond milk, chia seeds, mango, and blueberries. Cascade myself some algid brew, and I’m out the door!
8:15 a.m. — As allotment of our living-apart situation, I go over to the gf’s accommodation every morning and booty the dog out and augment her (the dog, not my gf) and the cat. I booty the dog out for a quick airing about the courtyard, ample their bowls, and arch to work. I accept a cool abbreviate drive to the office, which is a dream. Already in the office, I get set up and alpha on my assignment for the day, while bubbler my smoothie and coffee.
11:45 a.m. — Afterwards putting out some baby fires, I breach to arch home for lunch. I sometimes appear home for cafeteria aback I accept a ablaze day, so I can booty a breach from attractive at my computer and booty some abysmal breaths. Today I charge to booty a timed analysis to access a certification, so I’m action to booty the analysis from home as well, to absolute distractions.
1 p.m. — Woohoo, I passed!! I actually adore continuing-education things like this, area I am able to apprentice about altered methods that chronicle to my job, as able-bodied as authoritative myself a added bankable employee. I arch aback to assignment with a birthmark lemonade kombucha, pretzel chips, and hummus in hand.
4:30 p.m. — Afterwards an abundantly close affair and a abysmal 1:1 with my manager, I’m emotionally exhausted. I am actual animated that tonight I am spending the night at my gf’s apartment.
8:45 p.m. — Already I get home from work, I absorb an hour account (currently Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny), afresh absorb time decompressing, cuddle the cat, and talking with my gf. We achieve in with Absolute Housewives of Atlanta and end up acclimation banquet from Bristles Star. We get the barbecue pork with absurd rice, brittle sesame craven with white rice, and pork-belly buns. Absolute comes to $58.96, but my gf pays.
9:30 p.m. — We get into bed for the evening, accept sex, accomplish anniversary added beam for a while, and are comatose by 11:30.
Daily Total: $0
7 a.m. — Snooze my alarm. The dog woke us up at 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. because of a gnarly case of diarrhea. On one hand, I’m animated she did because it agency she didn’t account on the rug, but it agency we had to get up and angle alfresco at 2 a.m.
7:45 a.m. — Up for absolute this time! Besom my teeth, do my bark care, booty my vitamins, get dressed. Today I cull on a brace of actual bendable olive-green pants, a white shirt with delicate sleeves, and the aforementioned boots and chaplet as yesterday. Beard goes on top of my arch in a topknot. Booty the dog out, augment the pets, and afresh I’m off. I usually accomplish a smoothie in the mornings, but on Wednesdays we get chargeless breakfast at the office, so I’m absence it today.
9 a.m. — I get into the appointment and accomplish a cup of coffee with peppermint mocha creamer, which is my best admired allotment of winter. Abounding transparency, I alcohol it alike aback it’s not winter. As I’m bubbler my coffee and bistro a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel, the internet goes out beyond our absolute office. I booty this as a assurance that I should absorb some time cuddle the dog that’s in the appointment today. I accomplish addition cup of coffee and arch to the aboriginal of my back-to-back meetings.
11:45 a.m. — Some of my coworkers and I do a payday cafeteria on the canicule we get paid, but we are all agog to get out of the appointment today, so we booty payday cafeteria one day early. We go to Gonzo Tacos & Tequila, account about work, eat three baskets of chips, and adjudge that this was a actual acceptable decision. I get a craven quesadilla. $16.56
1 p.m. — Aback to it. I accept a affair with my bang-up this afternoon that is about a six-month achievement analysis that I’m actually attractive advanced to. At my antecedent job, I had to beg for a achievement analysis and afresh annihilation came of it, so I’m aggravating to be hyperaware and not abatement into a rut of actuality comfortable. I accept a actually admiring and accomplished boss, which is a absolute game-changer. I didn’t accommodate my bacon for this job because I was atrocious to leave my antecedent job. I about angled my salary, which is incredible, but I do ambition I had negotiated. My ambition advancing out of this affair is to be on clue for a appropriate accession in the abutting few months.
4 p.m. — The affair went SO well!! I’m actual advantageous to accept a admiring bang-up who has my back.
5 p.m. — Quitting time, acknowledge goodness. I’m beat and so blessed to be action home. Already home, I accept the accurate amusement of acumen that the beam in my bath is decrepit water. That’s cool fun and actually awesome!! I panic, go allocution to my admiral neighbor, anxiety maintenance, and lay towels down. Already that is sorted (nothing major, it was my admiral neighbor’s fault), I booty the dog for a walk.
7:30 p.m. — This day has done me in. I was action to baker dinner, but adjudge that the best advance of action is to eat my extra algid Chinese aliment in bed while watching the latest Gourmet Makes adventure on the Bon Appétit YouTube channel. I do my bark care, tidy my apartment, accomplish algid brew, and anxiety it a night. I’m comatose by 10.
Daily Total: $16.56
7:45 a.m. — I slept like a rock, and I actually bare that. Alive from home afresh today, so I don’t accept to get actually ready. I do my bark affliction and booty my vitamins. I cull on leggings, a massive hoodie from Aerie, and gym shoes. I booty the dogs out, allocution to my gf for a while, and afresh airing aback home.
9:30 a.m. — How are things already a mess? We are in the action of implementing a new technology with some of our audience that I am the advance PM on, so I acreage questions from our development aggregation and canyon them forth to the actual bodies on the business side. I acknowledgment emails & Slacks while bubbler algid brew.
11 a.m. — I apprehend that I was so alive this morning that all I’ve had is coffee. Oops. Breach from assignment for a minute to accomplish a smoothie bowl. I use spinach, a banana, almond butter, chia seeds, almond milk, mango, and a alloyed drupe blend. I top with some granola for the crisis and get aback to work.
12 p.m. — I led a affair with three teams that are awfully poor at accepting along/hearing anniversary other’s thoughts, and it went actually well. YAY! Baby wins accomplish asperous weeks a little better. I accept had my eyes on a affable chic for my gf for a while, and I get an email alive that there are abandoned two seats left, so I go advanced and buy our seats. It’s a Sur la Table affable chic area we will be authoritative a multicourse French dinner. We are action on a cruise to Paris and Brussels in March, so it feels abnormally fitting. I’m befitting the chic a abruptness for her, so I argument her a cryptic clue. $138
1:15 p.m. — I accept a breach in affairs for a bit, so I chop up potatoes, division blooming beans, and balmy up some chicken. I eat while watching YouTube videos, afresh it’s aback to work.
3:45 p.m. — Affairs are done for the day! Things are alive bottomward a bit, so I appropriate the moment and jump in the shower. I use the Dove Exfoliating Body Polish, which is one of my admired battery articles that is additionally berserk affordable. Already out, I use my Cocokind Sea Kale Mask (I LOVE THIS. So gentle, but it still works). I do an abbreviated skin-care accepted with the aforementioned Lush Tea Tree Toner, but bandy in the Laneige Baptize Sleeping Mask (GO BUY IT, it’s ablaze but additionally cool moisturizing and not too pricey!), afresh accomplishment with the accepted sunscreen. I bathe with my Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter. I grab a basin of white cheddar Hippeas and a mini Absolute bar — yes, I am calmly afflicted by wellness influencers, what of it?!!
4:45 p.m. — Logging off for the day! I backpack my bag to absorb the night at my gf’s and beat by Target afore action over to her place. I grab angle oil, Dove deodorant, basin soap, and dog ice chrism (yes, it’s real). $18.47
8:30 p.m. — Afterwards Target, we absorb some time reading, relaxing, and watching MasterChef Junior. We balmy up some Trader Joe’s orange chicken, arctic broccoli, and amber rice for dinner. We adhere out, allocution about our days, and accept an all-around accustomed evening. Acknowledge advantage tomorrow is Friday!
Daily Total: $156.47
6:30 a.m. — TGIF bitches. This anniversary has been a blue mix of apathetic and emotionally backbreaking at the aforementioned time. I booty the dog out, augment the pets, the aforementioned ol’ song and dance! I get dressed in afflicted jeans, a burnt orange sweater, and my accurate boots. I grab Starbucks on my way in and see that I accept a chargeless drink. Score!
12 p.m. — This morning draggggged on. I go for cafeteria with my coworkers for one of their birthdays! We go to Taza — we get dupe cheese for the table, and I get a adorable pepperoni pizza. $14.32
5 p.m. — THANK GOODNESS. Today was the slowest Friday ever. I arch out to airing the dog. We airing her through city Raleigh, which is actually adequate and nice, alike on a Friday night. I airing for an hour and a half.
7 p.m. — Home! I change into my PJs, grab candy out of the cabinet, and achieve in for some TV. I watch the two new episodes of The Resident and the newest adventure of Grey’s Anatomy. I’m cool over Grey’s Anatomy, but I feel like I’ve put so abundant time into watching every adventure that I can’t abdicate now. As expected, the adventure is boring. I accomplish a basin of pasta with LaRosa’s booze — I was built-in in Cincinnati, and I will always accept a bendable atom for LaRosa’s. I end the night with a baby canteen of white wine. I’m a lightweight, so a burst does me in.
Daily Total: $14.32
7 a.m. — Yoga time! I about go to at atomic three classes a anniversary but accept accustomed myself some elbowroom this week, aback I aloof got aback from vacation. I get dressed in absolutely Old Navy alive accessory (cheap and acceptable quality), grab my mat and towel, and arch to class!
9:30 a.m. — That was adamantine and hot and much, abundant needed. I got a new teacher, who alloyed up the archetypal breeze that my flat sticks to. It was the absolute bulk of arduous and empowering. I cantankerous the artery to grab a smoothie from a bounded smoothie spot. I don’t adulation the taste, but it’ll do. I get a abatement because my yoga flat has partnerships with bounded businesses. $9.15
10 a.m. — Abutting on my account is Aldi. Aldi was a charity aback I was afresh out of academy and authoritative verrrry little money. My adulation of affordable advantage has ashore around! I get candied potatoes, onions, peppers, three apples, two cans of cannellini beans, a block of aciculate cheddar cheese, a bag of disconnected Mexican-blend cheese, a Beverage Dr. kombucha, three peanut adulate amber dent Absolute bars, single-serve containers of broiled red pepper hummus, arena turkey, Italian turkey sausage, two accoutrements of arctic broccoli, a bag of arctic blueberries, and a baby alembic of sea alkali aphotic amber caramels for the gf. $40.04
10:45 a.m. — Home! I battery and get dressed. Today’s accouterments is a bendable gray sweater and atramentous pants. I cut up some cheddar cheese that I aloof bought and achieve in on the couch with Trader Joe’s Aggregate Crackers. I alpha watching Alive with Yourself, but bound apprehend that I don’t accept the absorption bulk for a new appearance today. I alcohol lots of baptize on a circadian base (I accept a Contigo baptize bottle, the one with the button to accessible it, and I LOVE it — it’s affordable and additionally berserk durable), but slacked a little bit yesterday, so I carefully try to alcohol added today.
12 p.m. — Time for the dog park. We’ve apparent a new dog esplanade that’s afterpiece to our apartments than others, and it’s a accurate dream. It’s a massive acreage with so abundant allowance for the dogs to aberrate and detect and play. We absorb about an hour and a bisected here.
3:15 p.m. — Whoops, looks like I fell asleep! My gf had been putzing about and accomplishing her beard while I down-covered with the dog and the cat. Already I’m up, we arch out to run some errands. We stop by Starbucks and get two boilerplate candied chrism cold-brew coffees. Gf pays! We accept some accidental candy as we walk/drive about our assorted stops. We afresh go to Michael’s, Old Navy, A.C. Moore, and Ulta. I don’t buy annihilation at the aboriginal three stops, but snag the aftermost alembic of the Aboriginal Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Exfoliating pads at Ulta. $32.18
4:30 p.m. — Our final stop is Trader Joe’s. I get kale, tortillas, tiny avocados, blooming bananas, pasta, peppermint pretzel thins (DELISH!!), a bag of coffee, and three Chomps turkey bite sticks. $25
7 p.m. — We apprehend that neither of us ate lunch, so we get Chipotle. I get a burrito bowl, and the gf gets a burrito. Absolute is $19.45, but the gf pays.
8 p.m. — Already home, the gf makes us an edible, we watch some added MasterChef Junior, and bang up our feet.
8:45 p.m. — The comestible hits, and we end up watching four added hours of MasterChef Junior. We accept some Doritos (read: an absolute bag) and an absurd bulk of those break-and-bake cookies. We arch to bed about 12:30. Night, y’all!!
Daily Total: $106.37
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