Accountability: September 2016


I am thirty two years old and I am the Production Stage Manager for the national tour of FAME. I make $700 per week and a $300 weekly stipend.

Saving & Spending

September might be trying to kill me. Or this tour is – as I type this going into day 7 of 16-20 hour days while trying to adapt to living on a tour bus. I definitely thought the tour bus thing would be a breeze after trains and ships, but it turns out I was wrong. I haven’t really adapted yet.

On the plus side, we work so much that I don’t spend a lot. I usually average about $10-20 a day on food and that’s been about it for the second half of the month.

The first half of the month, which now seems like a lifetime ago, I attended my best friend’s wedding (and nailed my budgeting system for being a bridesmaid in it) and commuted into NYC for rehearsal for 2 weeks, which is never cheap.

Our tech week of FAME was actually the calmest of the entire tour. Our commute was a 10 minute walk from the hotel and 10 out of 12s are actually easier to tolerate than the commute from NJ to NYC, rehearsal and then back home again.

Living forever this fall.

Living forever this fall and winter.

I also booked an alternative flight home for a work layoff in November, which cost about $129, but I’ll be reimbursed $119 after the flight. I also booked a hotel in Oregon to go check out a college there during my October layoff.

My spending breakdown this month:

  • Gym – $10.70
  • Food – $431.56
  • Stage Management Expenses – $403.60 (about $300 of that was refunded to me by the company I’m working for)
  • Healthcare – $210.82
  • LUSH – $33.53
  • Car – $96.50
  • Travel – $255.86
  • Gifts – $408.88 (including the last $320.71 of my best friend’s wedding budget)
  • Commuting – $46.25
  • Clothes – $98.24
  • Blog – $2.99
  • Miscellaneous – $18.84

Total Spending in July – $2,017.77


My income this month was made up of FAME paychecks and brokeGIRLrich.

  • Stage Managing – $5,411.81
  • brokeGIRrich – $736.66

Income This Month: $6,148.47

Net Worth: September 2016

Net Worth: September 2016

Most Popular Post of the Month: 114 Side Hustles: Ways to Make More Money

My Favorite Post to Write This Month: How to Set a Bridesmaid Budget


  • Contribute $1,000 to my Emergency Savings Account– Done.
  • Max out my Roth IRA
  • Contribute $3,000 to my Down Payment Fund– Done
  • Contribute $2,000 to my New Car Fund– Yeahhhh done and done.
  • Have a $1,000 Best Friend’s Wedding Fund– Done. Actually, it’s almost entire spent.
  • Buy $1,000 of stock– Done.
  • Develop 2 new resume skills– I will get this done. I will. At least half done.
  • Track all the time I spent on my computer outside of work for 1 week and then go without a computer for a week and see how I use that time– yup. That’s still a goal…
  • Go on a vacation with a friend 
  • Look for a big show to stage manage– Done.
  • Run a 5k– This will pretty much take a miracle.


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