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January 14, 2014

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 money—and the decisions—are yours.

Single Girl's Guide To: Flying Solo | Traveling the World | Building Your Own House | Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro | Driving Cross Country | Meditating for a Month | Starting Over

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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 relationship—I 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


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