This time around, David let us be a fly on the wall to his weekly spending.
The 25 year old Marketing Coordinator refuses to give up looking after his own happiness when money’s tight. He tells us all about that in another blog. Give it a read here.
If you’re new here, this is what to expect:
💙 we'll introduce you to David*
💙 he'll give us a run through of his week
💙 we'll give him some personalized money tips (psssst: they're for you, too)
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Let’s get into it.
*Oh, and David’s not his real name.
Location: Upstate NY
Yearly Salary: $34,500
David’s monthly expenses
Rent: $725 (I share a one bedroom apartment with my gf Britney. She pays $725, too)
Savings: I put $200-$250 aside as soon as I get paid. I dip into it if I need to later on.
Credit Cards: Don’t have one.
Car insurance: $250
Streaming: Me and Britney split these. I cover Hulu and Paramount. She covers HBO.
We use my family’s Netflix and Prime video accounts.
David’s week in numbers
I get up at 6am and get ready to drive to work. On my way, I stop at my local 7/11 for a $2 coffee (I love coffee, but I only buy branded or local at the weekend for a treat).
I have a packed lunch at work. In the evening, I go to Aldi and spend $50 on groceries. I like to lean shop as I think it saves money - I only buy what’s needed for over the next couple of days.
Then I get gas ($25). I have a psychological barrier about spending more than that. Idk, I feel like I’m spending less by doing it in smaller chunks.
Monday’s total: $77
7/11 coffee ($2) on the way to work.
The only thing I spend from there is $1.50. That’s for the vending machine at work. I forgot my lunch, and the machine’s prices haven’t been updated in, like, a decade.
Tuesday’s total: $3.50
Getting predictable now but…7/11 coffee ($2) . I also grab a cookie and some ramen for later ($5).
On the way home, I put $20 more gas into my SUV. That’s $45 on gas and it’s only wednesday. At the gas station I buy sandwiches for dinner ($20).
My girlfriend’s still at college, and I work overtime most days, so we get home kinda late and often then go back out to do more work, so we can’t always find the motivation to cook.
When I’m done with the day, I buy a dog bed for my new puppy ($20).
Wednesday’s total: $67
7/11 coffee ($2)
That’s it. That’s the day.
Thursday’s total: $2
(side note: we hope David had his coffee, pulled a sickie, and went back to bed).
As soon as I’m awake, I pay my car insurance, that’s $250 a month. Hulu also comes out ($7).
No coffee today, just to keep 7/11 on their toes.
I head to Aldi and top up on another $25 of groceries.
Friday’s total: $282
On Saturday, me and Britney head to our favorite (and only) local coffee shop. The total comes to $11. Still cheaper than Starbucks.
I put another $20 of gas into my car.
On Sunday, we just chill with our dogs.
In the evening we get some Chinese take-out. $21 each.
I know what you’re thinking: we didn’t do anything majorly exciting for our days off. Sometimes we’ll drive somewhere nice and go hiking, but right now gas prices are too high to do that a lot.
Weekend total: $41.
The week’s total spent: $465.50
Here's a few personalized tips and tricks from us, to you and your money 💙
As promised, we’ve put together money hacks for David. If you can relate to his spending, stick around.
If you can’t, meh, stay anyway. Your break between TikTok scrolls hasn’t lasted long enough yet.
The money moves we love to see 💅
🧋That 7/11 morning routine? That’s a keeper
For $10 a week, it’s the perfect way to start each morning for you. Choosing something you’re going to enjoy consuming over hunching over an instant cup of coffee courtesy or a stingy workplace is healthy as hell.
💰 Your doing the whole saving thing right
Great job. Transferring money into your savings as soon as you get paid tricks you into thinking you never had it to spend in the first place. You’re a genius.
Plus, even if you gotta dip into your savings at the end of your pay period, you’re still a well-intentioned King.
Try these small changes. They could make your money go a long way 💙
#1 Pay less for gas
Let's talk about that psychological barrier of yours.
Whether you fill up your gas once a week, or give your SUV a slurp every hour, it’s gonna hurt.
So you might as well replace your mini visits with two full-tank fills a week.
Here’s the trick: consider making those two days Monday and Friday mornings.
#2 Make your weekly grocery shop cheaper
It sounds like you and Britney are super busy people. So you’d probs benefit from a grocery subscription service.
We’ve been having a think about how you can get the best parts of those subscription services 💅for free 💅.
#3 Take a break from the streaming costs
I don’t wanna take away your happiness David, but do you need…5… streaming accounts?
Save your cash with this money hack:
For the next 6 months, here’s how you’re going to use streaming services for free, including Apple TV, Hulu, Amazon Prime; the whole party.
In fact, there’s two of you. So switch between your emails and make that free movies and TV for a year.
Want a go? 🤙
If you’d like to speak to us about your money, go ahead and hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s $60 for your time, and as anonymous as you’d like it to be.
Wherever you’re at with your money, keep going. You got this.
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Big love. Cleo 💙