How a 35-year-old Chicago-based vice president of marketing spends:

  • SALARY: I make $175,000 per year as a vice president of marketing. I also have an equity bonus. I have asked for a raise before. I asked for a $30,000 raise when I was promoted to my current role, and I managed to get $25,000. 

  • SAVINGS: I have $9,800 in my savings account.

  • MONTHLY EXPENSES: I pay $1750 per month for rent. That's my portion of our apartment payment: my fiance and I pay $2500 per month and he picks up the difference. I pay for my own health insurance and contribute to a 401(k). My fiance and I split payments for Netflix, HBO Now, cable, internet, gas and electric. I also pay for Hulu, Evernote, Over, Adobe and Shine each month.

  • DEBT: Just my car. No student loans or credit cards or home loans. I make $600 monthly payments on the car. 

  • INVESTING: I contribute to my 401(k). 

  • SPENDING VICTORY:  The best thing I ever spent money on was a condo with my now ex-husband.

  • SPENDING REGRET: I also regret buying that condo with my now ex-husband. We bought it in late 2007, and we divorced in 2011.

  • CHARITY: The last charity I donated to was Cradles to Crayons.

  • IF I WON THE LOTTERY:  I'd buy a house. 

  • GOALS: Currently we're saving for a house, honeymoon and wedding. Which is a lot all at once.