How a 26-year-old Cape Town, South Africa-based teaching assistant spends:

  • SALARY: I make $950.72 each month working as a teaching assistant based in Cape Town, South Africa. 
  • SAVINGS: I have $365.66 in my savings account right now.
  • MONTHLY EXPENSES: I spend $255.96 each month on rent. I don’t contribute to a 401(k) or pay for health insurance right now. 
  • DEBT: I am not in debt.
  • SPENDING VICTORY: The best thing I ever spent money on was my airplane ticket to South Africa from the United States.
  • SPENDING REGRET: I regret spending money at bad clothing stores. It never is worth it. 
  • CHARITY: I most recently donated to the Saartjie Baartman Home for Women and Children.
  • GOALS: I want to start investing. If I won the lottery, I would immediately start putting cash into stocks and bonds.