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A Week In Boston, MA, On A $35,000 Salary

(Last Updated On: December 5, 2017)

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Today: a analysis assistant who makes $35,000 per 12 months. She spends a few of her cash this week on “so many” bus tickets and pads.

Occupation: Research Assistant
Industry: Healthcare
Age: 23
Location: Boston, MA
Salary: $35,000
Paycheck (Biweekly): $993

Monthly Expenses
Housing: $zero; I moved in with my dad and mom to save cash for medical faculty.
Loans: $1,500 in pupil loans. I am making funds well beyond the minimal to repay all of my federal loans earlier than med faculty.

All Other Monthly Expenses: I put all bills (beneath) on my bank card, which I pay in full each month. I’ve no bank card debt.
Gym Membership: $69 (discounted from $85 by means of a profit at work)
Cell Phone: $31
Migraine Prescription: $40
Savings: I’m not placing any cash into financial savings as there isn’t a financial savings plan that has an rate of interest as excessive as my pupil loans.

Day One

5 a.m. — I’m insanely jet-lagged and eventually get off the bed at 5 a.m. after tossing and turning since three:30. I returned residence on Wednesday from per week in Europe, and I’ve had the toughest time getting over jet lag. I make myself my normal breakfast — oatmeal with almond milk and honey and an enormous cup of espresso. I then exit on a run for the primary time in three weeks. I’ve been touring so much currently for medical faculty interviews in addition to my latest Europe journey, and am feeling the ache. Five miles really feel like 50.

eight a.m. — After my grueling run, I hop within the bathe and shortly change earlier than heading out the door to work. I solely stay a few mile away from the hospital, so I get to stroll. It has been disturbingly sunny and heat in Boston the previous couple of days, and I sweat by means of my sweater on the 20-minute stroll. I sit at my desk and open up my meals providers account by means of the hospital to reload it. For placing $100 on the cardboard, I get a $20 bonus, plus utilizing this card will get me a 20% low cost on the meals within the hospital meals court docket! I head all the way down to get a espresso and cereal cup for a second breakfast/post-workout increase. $100

three p.m. — It is a sluggish Friday, and one of many docs I work for is out, so after getting candy potato fries twice from the hospital meals court docket (I’m a creature of behavior and eat very particular meals), I name it a day about an hour early and head residence. On my method again I cease on the Trader Joe’s throughout the road from my condo (I do know, I’m really blessed) to choose up a few of my staples: Fiber-O cereal, unsalted roasted almonds, pretzel slims, almond milk, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, watermelon slices, and the Green Salad Palette for dinner tonight. Usually my dad and mom refill groceries however to offset the burden of my dwelling at residence, I attempt to cowl my very own meals prices as a lot as I can. That’s to not say I don’t bask in my dad’s cooking each infrequently! $35.91

eight p.m. — I used to be invited to interview at a medical faculty out of city, so I search for the transportation choices I’ve to get there, however do not decide to something. I’m pondering of tacking on a trip to this interview, however am debating whether or not I need to spend that a lot cash. I simply got here again from trip however have been saving up my days off for this autumn interview circuit, and need to indulge as a lot as I can! My exploration is interrupted by my canine leaping on my lap, knocking my laptop apart. She has been further needy ever since I got here residence, and so I spend the remainder of the evening giving her high quality cuddle time and catching up on trashy actuality TV that I missed whereas overseas.

Daily Total: $135.91

Day Two

10 a.m. — I used to be up at 5 a.m. once more. Jet lag at all times kicks my butt going from east to west! I make oatmeal and low and rewatch final evening’s actuality TV, which I fell asleep watching. It is my psychological junk meals and I’m not ashamed. I then head out to drop off my interview swimsuit on the dry cleaner’s ($25). It has seen higher days, and after being lugged round 4 cities over 5 days it’s in want of a great wash. I additionally cease by the following door Starbucks and get a grande skim milk cappuccino ($four.37). $29.37

12 p.m. — I eat a berry salad to tide me over till lunchtime. I then pack almonds and an apple my dad and mom purchased on the farmers’ market, and take my canine out to the canine park. It rained in a single day and it’s so muddy, however my 65-pound mutt loves it. She finds the rattiest tennis ball and insists we play fetch. I can not assist it, she is just too cute.

2 p.m. — My dad has spent the previous 12 months perfecting his bread recipe and culturing his sourdough starter; props to him as a result of his home made breads have gotten a lot better lately. I make an open-faced tomato and cheese sandwich with Israeli cheese my mother picked up on the specialty import retailer in our neighborhood. I snack on pretzel slims as nicely.

four p.m. — My mother drops a bombshell on me by telling me sibling I don’t get together with is coming residence the week I am scheduled to exit of city for my interview, and is planning on staying the weekend. Given we aren’t even on talking phrases in the mean time, this announcement reaffirms my need to tack on extra days to my interview journey. I bookmark a bunch of Airbnb rooms, however don’t make the leap as I reassess my month’s finances.

eight p.m. — Annoyed and upset, I textual content my pal to see if she is as much as grabbing a chunk with me. She is, and we go to the neighborhood fro-yo spot for sweets and heart-to-heart convo. She and I’ve been pals since highschool, misplaced contact throughout school, and reconnected once we each moved again to Boston. I like having pals who’ve identified my household drama for years, and I like her much more for overlaying my sugar excessive.

Daily Total: $29.37

Day Three

9 a.m. — I get up at 5 a.m. once more and laze out of occurring a run. Instead, I make my normal oatmeal and low, and join a marathon-training plan on the Nike Run Club app. I enter the Paris Marathon date (April eighth, 2018) as my projected race date. It has been a bucket listing merchandise of mine for years, however I need to see if I follow the plan earlier than I formally enroll. In the meantime, I proceed my pseudo-productivity by lastly reserving the Airbnb I’ve been eyeing for 2 nights. I’ve a student-host on the medical faculty the evening earlier than, and the time overlap between my sibling and me shall be lower than 24 hours. Disaster averted. $146.96

11 a.m. — My youngest sibling comes residence completely satisfied from profitable a race that morning. In celebration, I make omelets for everybody. I then take the mutt to the canine park; it’s sunny right this moment and there are many pet friends to play with, however she as soon as once more finds the muddiest, grossest ball and insists on slobbering throughout it then enjoying fetch. I can not say no to her face.

1 p.m. — I munch on method too many almonds and do a extra intensive evaluation of my funds for the close to future. I schedule my final federal mortgage cost of $1,100, in addition to a bank card cost for later within the month. Now that my federal loans are all paid off and my non-public mortgage funds are down at $280 per thirty days, I’ll have an additional $1,000 per thirty days freed up. I plan on taking a little bit of a sabbatical earlier than medical faculty to journey by means of Southeast Asia and New Zealand, and might want to save up some funds. I’ve about $5,000 already; in NZ I can get a working vacation visa. If I can save about $2,500 extra, that may give me sufficient to outlive for six months. I overview my previous few bank card statements to search out the place I can shave off some spending. I notice I’ve been touring method an excessive amount of, and begin reconsidering my earlier spend on the Airbnb. I’m clearly indecisive.

four p.m. — I focus on my apprehensions with my youngest sibling, who’s a lot extra mature than I used to be at that age. My have to get out of the home throughout that weekend is reaffirmed and I really feel just a little higher.

eight p.m. — Mama made rice and vegan chili for dinner tonight, and we settle in to look at 90 Day Fiancé. She and I’ve lately fallen in love with TLC, though her favourite present is The Little Couple. My mother claims our canine loves Say Yes to the Dress. No remark.

Daily Total: $146.96

Day Four

5 a.m. — Waking up at this hour is socially acceptable through the week, proper? Oatmeal and low very first thing, then I head to the gymnasium to run on the treadmill as per the NRC app coaching program. It is a straightforward 2.5 mile run, but it surely nonetheless hurts. I can’t consider how a lot health I’ve misplaced from a three-week break.

eight a.m. — I pack Fiber-O’s from final week’s buy to snack on at work and head out. I choose up a espresso on the meals court docket and sit down for a day of paperwork and telephone calls. As a analysis assistant, I do a whole lot of the scheduling and recruiting of sufferers, which implies chatting with all kinds of individuals from throughout Boston who characterize an entire host of various communities. I like this job due to the direct affected person interplay; I really feel like an actual doctor-to-be.

2 p.m. — My lab group meets for 2 hours and I’m bored out of my thoughts your complete time. I’m so relieved to lastly be excused. I am going to the meals court docket to get candy potato fries and a rice pilaf dish.

6 p.m. — I make it residence from work round four:30 p.m. and take the canine out for her afternoon stroll. I have a look at Uber costs for a special interview I’ve inside commuting distance of Boston the following day, and am shocked to see that it could price me $75. I instantly search for options and decide on a bus within the morning. I determine I can discover my method residence on the best way again relying on when the day ends. $9.50

7 p.m. — I virtually overlook to choose up my swimsuit from the dry cleaner and make it proper earlier than they shut. Second catastrophe averted.

Daily Total: $9.50

Day Five

5 a.m. — Finally a day I can justify an early wake-up! I eat my normal breakfast and dress in my interview swimsuit. I slip on my heels, do my hair and make-up, and cringe. I hate the best way I look dressed up. I pack almonds to snack on and hit the street.

eight a.m. — I make it on my bus and hit the street, consuming loudly crunching almonds to the dismay of my weary co-travelers. Once I make it to the bus cease at my vacation spot city, I get a medium espresso from Dunkin’. $2.25

9 a.m. — I take the general public bus throughout city to the medical faculty campus, however get off 5 stops too quickly. Now need to march uphill in heels for a half-mile. I arrive sweaty and disoriented, however everyone seems to be nervous too, so I really feel I’m in good firm. $1.75

three:30 p.m. — The interview might have gone higher. I actually am a nasty advocate for myself and have to study the humble-brag. I am getting higher with every interview, so that’s some comfort. Another interviewee and I get to the practice station by way of Uber (she pays) simply in time to catch the commuter rail again to Boston. I purchase the ticket onboard, and she or he and I focus on our fears and anxieties in regards to the software course of. It is an extended course of that begins in June and goes on till May of the next 12 months; when you submit your software, the wait is indefinite. It is excruciating, particularly for somebody as impatient as me. $11.50

6 p.m. — My mother purchased all my Trader Joe’s favorites as a result of she knew I’d be confused post-interview. Sometimes dwelling at residence sucks, however different instances — it’s the greatest. My pup involves cuddle on the sofa, and we watch The Real Housewives of Dallas collectively.

Daily Total: $15.50

Day Six

6 a.m. — Wow, I should have been really exhausted from my interview as a result of I get up an entire hour later than regular! I’ve my normal breakfast and head to the gymnasium for a guided tempo run by way of the NRC app. I bathe and settle in for a day working from residence.

11 a.m. — I purchase the transport tickets to my out-of-town interview subsequent week and start to plan my weekend tour as nicely. I textual content a pal in that city and we make plans for tacos and tequila post-interview. Now I’m excited. $27

12 p.m. — I eat extra almonds and take my canine to the canine park, which is one in all my favourite issues to do on the planet. Seriously guys, undertake a canine. It will change your life.

7 p.m. — After a zucchini linguine dinner, my mother and I watch outdated episodes of The Little Couple. Unexpectedly, the door swings open and my sibling walks in, and I freeze. My mother obtained the dates fallacious and that is week they’re residence. I spend the remainder of the evening in my room, dodging awkward dialog.

Daily Total: $27

Day Seven

6 a.m. — I’m so dreadfully boring with my identical breakfast and morning run, this time a 2.5-miler that’s rather more tough than I anticipated. I used to be by no means a runner earlier than, and I’m beginning to bear in mind why.

9 a.m. — As I stroll to work I really feel one thing just a little humorous occurring south of the border… After I get my morning espresso, I notice that Aunt Flo is knocking on the door. I’m glad I’ve pads in my backpack that ought to tide me over for a minimum of the morning.

12 p.m. — I take advantage of my lunch hour to step out and purchase a wrap from Pret A Manger ($eight.99) and a few pads from the CVS ($eight.99). I do not know what makes me angrier, the truth that the pads are so rattling costly, or the actual fact I simply dropped the identical quantity on a wrap that’s virtually void of content material. Never once more. $17.98

four p.m. — The first day of my interval at all times drains my power. I believe I may be anemic however have by no means adopted that hunch additional than that. I make it residence, end off my almonds, and curl up in a ball. I inadvertently go to sleep method too early.

10:15 p.m. — I get up coated in sweat and ravenous for chocolate. I open the freezer and discover that my mama has purchased my absolute favourite Dove strawberry sorbet chocolate bars; she should have picked up on my hormonal state. I eat two, get a direct sugar excessive, after which crash again in mattress round 11:30.

Daily Total: $17.98

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