What Does It Cost to be Single These Days?
Blowing that hard-earned paycheck on shoes and cocktails? Saving for a down payment? Best part of being single: The moneyand the decisionsare yours.
The Funny Girl
Megan Gailey, 28, Chicago
Occupation: Stand-up comedian and waitress
Annual income: $25,000
Home, sweet home: "I pay $617 in rent for my room in the apartment I share with two friends. I love having roommateswe save money by sharing clothes and hanging out at home."
Bills, bills, bills: "My share of the utilities is $65. I have a $45 monthly gym bill and spend up to $100 on gas driving to shows."
Savings & loans: "I try to save a few hundred dollars off the top of my performances and have $1,100 in an emergency fund."
Meal plan: "I make a lot of salads and spend $50 a week on groceries. I'll often get a free meal at a show."
The weekender: "During the day I hang out with my friends; we usually get lunch, which costs about $30. At night, I perform."
My biggest splurge: "Three years ago, I quit the job I had at the time and spent $6,000 I had saved on a six-week trip to Europe. Traveling solo was probably the most fun I've ever had." As told to Marisa Carroll