Money Diary of a 25-year-old HR Admin in Melbourne | Dec. 8th-15th, 2018

After reading a few money diaries out there, I thought I’d give this thing a shot! I love discussing finances and seeing how my peers live. I also think seeing things outside of my statement could put my spending habits in a different perspective.


Saturday, Dec 8th
2pm – For lunch, we went to a nearby McDonald’s… $18
5pm – I read a few articles that eczema cream helps with KP so I went out to grab a baby eczema cream from The Chemist Warehouse… $20
6pm – After dinner, I treated Dan and myself to Starbucks… $10.60
6:30pm – A little mishap while on the train and accidentally loaded up my card with another transit pass and top-up money… $175

Sunday, Dec 9th
9:30am – I went into the city and purchased a Christmas gift from Perfect Position for my work family back at home… $19.96
4pm – Was hitting a wall and went to 7-11 across the street for an iced coffee… $2

Monday, Dec 10th
11am – Finally decided to gather the courage up and get laser hair removal after getting fed up with shaving my armpits on a daily basis in this hot country. The clinic was having a Christmas sale of $9 per session for armpits if you prepay for 10 sessions. I also ended up getting their aftercare system as well… $180.67
12pm – Hit the wall again and grabbed a cup of coffee at 7-11… $1
12:30pm – Tomorrow is my first day of work so I went to Woolsworth to buy some grocery for my lunch meal prep… $34.57

Tuesday, Dec 11th
8am – Grabbed a cup of coffee from 7-11 to start the day… $1

Wednesday, Dec 12th
8am – Grabbed a cup of coffee from 7-11 to start the day… $1
12:38pm – Went to get a coffee and a snack with a colleague… $7.30
7pm – We went to the Summer Night Market and withdrew some money for the cash-only event… $28 ($25 spending limit w/ $3 ATM withdraw fee)

Thursday, Dec 13th
8am – Grabbed a coffee and a loaf of banana bread from 7-11… $3
5pm – I read a few blog posts about a caffeine shampoo that promotes healthier hair and hair growth. I’m self-conscious of my hair at the moment so I’m willing to try anything and picked up the shampoo from The Chemist Warehouse… $14.99
5:15pm – Grabbed some dinner at Sushi Hub… $6.60
5:15pm – Also grabbed some dessert for Dan and me from Uncle Tetsu… $11.30

Friday, Dec 14th
8am – Grabbed a coffee from 7-11… $1
1pm – Forgot my lunch so I had to buy lunch… $15

Saturday, Dec 15th
12pm – I believe this run’s groceries at Woolsworth included next week’s lunches as well as some snacks and dinner… $68.85


Total for the week? $619.84

So… obviously, this isn’t great, haha. I did splurge a bit with the services and got caught up with some of reviews for the products. I was a bit annoyed that I messed up with my transit pass but whatever – it’s all good because I would’ve had to purchase it down the line anyways.

In hindsight, I also didn’t need to buy the aftercare laser treatment kit from my clinic as well but oh wells, haha… I’ll use it throughout my entire sessions anyways.

6 thoughts on “Money Diary of a 25-year-old HR Admin in Melbourne | Dec. 8th-15th, 2018

  1. This is actually a great idea! I should do the same, but honestly, I am bit scared.
    My spending habbits aren’t great!

    So laser hair removal might be worth it? I have been thinking so often about it!

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    • I was so scared at first as well but after logging in a few entries, it started to get a little fun! The worst is just remembering to log the entry somewhere but I’ve been slacking and sort of just download my statements everytime I plan to do another Money Diary, lol.

      It’s definitely an eye-opening experiece for sure to see how much you can spend in a week… like, I still can’t believe I spent $600 that week!

      Oh my gosh, I don’t regret starting the sessions. After the first round, I’ve noticed incredible difference already! I shave only once a week and the hairs are pretty light. I can’t wait to see how the results will turn out after sessions 2 and 3. Definitely give it a go!

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  2. Wow something different for me to read 😁 listing down my expenses has never been a good idea for me; i got anxiety attack seeing numbers lol! But somehow I like reading this…made me think “it’s time for a proper budgeting” πŸ˜‚
    Have a great day! 😊

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    • Aww, thank you! I’m happy you enjoyed reading it – I had the same feeling when I first read another Money Diary as well. I hope your anxiety isn’t too bad to prevent you from ever trying this in the future! It’s definitely not as bad as you think at the end of the week πŸ™‚

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