Someone asked me about how much my cost of living in New York is.
$1,500 net after-tax income
Rent + wifi + utilities: $680
Phone Bill: $40
– $840 fixed monthly expense
= $660 remaining to spend a month
~ $22 daily, $150 allowance for food, coffee and life
Mika and I cook and share our groceries. On average we spend $50 a week for eggs, milk, bread, meat, fruits and vegetables at Trader Joe’s. I brought premium coffee beans from Indonesia. I grind and brew my own coffee, saving me lots of money that would’ve gone into Starbucks’ cash register. So we have $100 remaining weekly for shopping, entertainment and eating out.
This is how living on minimum wage feels like, and it’s not bad at all.