New Year, New Budget?

New Year, New Budget?

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Janel Laban
Jan 8, 2010

Yesterday, we read a great post on Jezebel covering an article in the February issue of Marie Claire entitled "What it Costs to Be Me". The article sounds incredibly intriguing - it breaks down the salaries and monthly expenses of five women around the globe, with everything converted into US dollars.

Jezebel pulled out the info on the annual salaries of the women profiled, which is interesting data even on its own. The article features:

  • Maura in Pennsylvania, who makes $65,000 a year, plus commission
  • Maria in Finland who makes makes $54,000 (US) a year as an advertising rep
  • Renata in Brazil who makes $30,000 (US) a year as a buyer at an import/export firm
  • Esi in Ghana who makes $28,500 (US) a year as a copywriter
  • Amira in Egypt who makes$14,700 (US) as a broadcast journalist

    ALL of the women profiled in the Marie Claire piece make more than the average woman in their country and all of them are single, so this is a very specific group. The women who bring home the largest paychecks are spending more whereas the women making less each month are saving, saving, saving.

    Clearly, there are many factors that go into this spending/saving situation, but it got us thinking about our own savings and budget goals for the year, which we just set up over the holidays. It's a pretty standard thing in our household to review and realign the budget at the first of the year and we are wondering if that is true for the Apartment Therapy readers as well - do you have a new budget for 2010?

    Check out the full post on Jezebel for more info or pick up the February issue of Marie Claire for the complete article.

    (Image: Marie Claire via Jezebel)

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