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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 Creative Coder

Amanda Cheung, 24, Boston

Occupation: Web designer for DockYard design and software consultancy
Annual income: $57,000

Home, sweet home: "I share the second floor of a large three-story house in Jamaica Plain with three roommates and pay $430 a month in rent. My neighborhood has a diverse LGBT community, which I'm involved in."

Bills, bills, bills: "My portion of the utilities comes to about $6 for gas, $50 for electric, and $20 for cable and Internet."

Savings & loans: "I saved nearly $50,000 while living at home after college. I'm a painter; someday I'd like to open a gallery for contemporary artists."

Meal plan: "At least twice a week I spend about $15 on rice, dumplings, eggs, and chives from a nearby Chinese market."

The weekender: "I get up at 10 a.m. and head to South Boston Yoga, where I pay $100 for a pass. At night, I'll go to a house party at a friend's or head to a local bar, where a few drinks go for $15."

My biggest splurge: "Last year at New York's Scope Art Show, I bought Jason Snyder's painting Locket for $900. It was supposed to cost around $1,500, but the frame was broken." —As told to Melissa Bykofsky

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