I really want to go shopping right now. It’s spring in New York, the seasons and weather are changing and I want new clothes to go along with it. I haven’t been out to shop because I can’t afford to, but I have given in to walking into random stores I walk past occasionally and there are 2 shirts and 2 pairs of shoes that I know of that I want. Here’s the problem with that.
Right now I don’t make enough money. I can barely survive let alone shop. After taxes I make just over $24,000 a year. Out of this comes my monthly rent of $1047, cc bill (that is almost paid off – I pay way more than my min cause I actually want to pay it off), student loan bill (I also try to pay more on this than my min, but I can’t afford much more than the min), gym bill of $80 a month, $100 in savings a month, phone bill of around $40 a month, and I am left with roughly $75 a pay check for food and entertainment.
In New York everything is more expensive in order to cover rent costs. I spend about $40 a pay check on groceries and DEFINITELY use the other $35 for clothes or yarn (I’m making baby blankets for the twins my aunt is going to have in August) or whatever else a 20 something woman needs. I have a ton of perks from my job and there is a lot I don’t have to pay for (mainly food) that I would if I had any other job. I don’t know how someone who’s not me can get by on my pay in this city. CC’s and no student loans?
I spent $50 on dinner Saturday night and now I feel terrible about it. Next weekend I can’t go out. I heart movie nights. I just wish I had the money for a few new items to spruce up my spring/summer wardrobe.