I am thirty-two years old and I am a Stage Manager at Sleep No More in New York City. My contract just extended through January. I make $115/show and work 7-8 shows a week.
Saving & Spending
So on the plus side, life does not feel like I’m on a runaway roller coaster anymore.
That’s real nice.
All of my medical bills have been submitted to my healthcare sharing ministry, so I have concrete numbers to work with now – that helped some of my anxiety. Though I had to battle over one that was submitted wrong, so it isn’t currently counting against my annual total.
I’m also a little more financially stable after 6 weeks of regular paychecks. I can see that by the end of July, I think I’ll be back to where I usually want to be with my cash flow, savings and spending.
I still managed to hit my savings goals for this month. I decided to prioritize continuing to hit them over rebuilding my emergency savings. There’s still a solid amount in there, and I’m going to try to add $100 or so each month until it’s back at the goal amount ($10,0000).
Only having one day off a week has definitely helped my spending habits, but I’ve also tried to make sure I meet up with friends or explore on those days, even if it costs a little. I still remember what a hermit I was last time I lived in the city and how much I regretted it when I moved out.
I tried to go free kayaking with a friend from Dinosaur Train and Clifford, but it was supposed to be the first day of the season and apparently the website was a lie, since they weren’t actually open yet. When that failed, we checked out the Tipsy Scoop ice cream barlour instead (it’s amazing. You should go check it out).
I’m well aware that my worst spending habit has been grabbing food on the way home when I’m exhausted.
I also lost my Fitbit, which is a tragedy, guys. I feel like there’s no point in even walking now. We have a group at work who all compete, and I’m super out of the loop now and aware that I’m probably going to cave and buy a new one soon if I can’t figure out where the heck mine went.
This month’s spending:;
- Food – $467.07
- Healthcare – $730.28
- brokeGIRLrich – $156.93
- Car Insurance – $1232.40
- Taxis – $40.46
- Entertainment – $53.59
- Lifelock – $9.99
- Clothes – $98.35
- Laundry – $18.00
- Commuting – $335.50
- Gifts – $22.83
- Rent & Utilities – $850.00
Total Spending in June: $4,015.40
Fortunately, I had my car insurance all saved up and ready to go and the medical bills came out of my emergency savings.
My income this month was from stage managing, freelance writing, brokeGIRLrich, UserTesting, dividends, a lawsuit payout from PeggyBank and Groupon (holy cow, right? It actually happened) and an EasyShift.
- Stage Managing – $2,393.32
- brokeGIRLrich – $744.26
- Freelance Writing – $75.00
- UserTesting – $10.00
- EasyShift – $14.80
- Dividends – $24.00
- PeggyBank Lawsuit – $65.89
Income This Month: $3,316.27
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- Max out my IRA. – $2,251 to go.
- Buy $1,000 in stock.
- Contribute $2,000 to my New Car Fund – $999 to go. Currently on track.
- Contribute $5,000 to my Down Payment Fund – $2,498 to go. Currently on track.
- Contribute $200 to my cousin’s wedding fund.
- Develop 2 new resume skills – One to go.
- Do something really fun with my brother.
- Write a journal or magazine article.
- Hike something.
- Master making macaroons.