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.
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
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.