How a 29-year-old Louisville-based television news reporter spends:

  • SALARY: I make $47,000 per year as a television news reporter based in Louisville, Kentucky. I have never asked for a raise. 

  • SAVINGS: I have $3,000 in my savings account right now. 

  • MONTHLY EXPENSES: I pay $400 rent each month. I contribute to a 401(k) and I pay for my own health insurance plan. I spend $200 on utilities, car insurance, and my phone bill.

  • DEBT: I am not in debt.

  • INVESTING: My dad helped me get started with a mutual fund and I recently started an Ellevest account. 

  • SPENDING VICTORY:  Traveling abroad. The experience of travel is well worth the money to me. 

  • SPENDING REGRET: Spending money on drinks and late night eats

  • SIDE HUSTLE: I pick up random transcription work. I charge about $40 per 30 minute interviews. The work doesn't come often enough. 

  • CHARITY: The last charity I supported was the Red Cross. 

  • IF I WON THE LOTTERY: I’d buy a new computer. 

  • GOALS: I want to save enough money to start my own bakery one day.