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 Startup Guru
Shauna Causey, 37, Seattle
Occupation: Founder of online personal shopping startup Mysatisfy.com
Annual income: $175,000
Home, sweet home: "After putting down $40,000 on a $400,000 four-bedroom house in West Seattle, I now spend $2,500 on my mortgage and $300 in upkeep each month. I just got out of a live-in relationshipI used to split these costs!"
Bills, bills, bills: "Gas and electric combined cost $95. My cleaning service is $120. Cable and Internet are $125, and my iPhone 5 is $110."
Savings & loans: "Five years ago I bought a two-unit duplex as an investment for $600,000. It's appreciated $80,000."
Meal plan: "I'll buy sushi for dinner or make a salad. I spend about $400 a month on vegetables."
The weekender "I'll take a Spin class at Flywheel, which costs $180 a month."
My biggest splurge: "In August, I went to Burning Man in Nevada, which cost $2,000. Next I went to Peru and Machu Picchu, a $3,300 trip." As told to Melissa Bykofsky