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February 7, 2013

What It Costs to Be Me

alexa wyatt

Photo Credit: Nancy Newberry

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Alexa Wyatt, 23, Charleston, South Carolina

Occupation: Wedding and events coordinator

Annual income: $50,000

Home, sweet home: "I share an apartment with my best friend; we split the $1,300 rent. I do cake tastings at the bakery across the street."

Bills, bills, bills: "My half of the utilities including cable is $250. Every few months, I sign up for barre classes, about $200 a month. I drive an old white BMW 3-Series. My parents cover the insurance and my cell phone bill, about $225."

Meal plan: "I survive on Starbucks lattes for breakfast. At tastings, I try nine hors d'oeuvres, four entrÉes, and four cakes. That's lunch! For dinner, my roommate and I order pizza for $16."

The weekender: "I often work weddings every weekend for months. Otherwise, on Saturdays, I host friends for cocktails and we eat at a restaurant downtown. I spend around $50."

Only in Charleston: "The annual wine and food festival is great. A wine lover's pass is $300."

Big splurge: "My $35 monthly gel manicure."

The shoe index: "I own an amazing pair of $400 blush pink Kate Spade heels. I bought them to go with a dress I wore to a cocktail party."

The view from the ground: "The RSVP rate for Charleston weddings is higher than in other cities. It feels like a true destination! Everyone wants to get married here." —Lauren N. Williams

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