In the case of making ends meet as a manufacturing assistant in New York Metropolis, Brittani Cunningham is aware of the way to stretch a greenback.
The 25-year-old earns $37,000 a 12 months and tries to maintain her prices as little as attainable. Fortunately, one perk of her job is that meals are normally catered when she works manufacturing assignments, the place her tasks vary from aiding forged members on set to dealing with paperwork and timesheets.
Having the ability to eat at work permits her to avoid wasting a ton of cash on groceries. “I just about do not should pay for any meals through the week, which is insanely superb,” Cunningham tells CNBC Make It. “I am actually fortunate to have that privilege. The one time I’ve to pay for meals is on the weekends once I’m at dwelling.”
Cunningham, a Brooklyn native, spent every week chronicling her spending for CNBC Make It in June 2021. She tries to maintain her weekly finances to round $200.
To save cash, Cunningham likes to go thrifting for garments and buys pre-owned books. She additionally ditched her fitness center membership through the pandemic in favor of figuring out at dwelling, and has taught herself the way to do her nails and hair slightly than pay another person to do them for her.
“Being a Black girl, you spend some huge cash in your hair getting braids and merchandise,” she explains. “I began to do this myself in order that I haven’t got to spend cash on it.”
By protecting her spending tight and specializing in saving, Cunningham hopes to set herself up for the longer term. Her aim is to personal an house and develop different income streams to the purpose the place she would not must depend on earnings from the “fickle” movie trade to make ends meet.
“[I want to be] capable of someday develop into a home-owner and to construct wealth, and perhaps be my very own boss,” Cunningham says.
As a aspect hustle, Cunningham makes and sells candles. Over the previous six months, she’s made $2,000.
However she nonetheless lets herself take pleasure in her cash with the occasional splurge. When she came upon that Doja Cat was acting at Coney Island on July 4th weekend, she could not resist shopping for a ticket although it put her barely over her weekly finances.
“I’ve to go see her,” Cunningham says. “I am an enormous fan of hers.”
Watch her full spending breakdown for the week within the video above.