Stretching an Up-and-Coming Budget

'You're So Money' author on her own spending.

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Before I interviewed You're So Money author Farnoosh Torabi, I asked her to keep a spending diary for a few days, so we could compare her philosophy with her own habits. Torabi's diary:

Monday

  • Salad for lunch: $5.50
  • Bottled water: $1.25
  • Pair of shoes for work from DSW (marked down from $125.00): $80.00
  • Four T-shirts from Forever 21: $20.20
  • Cab ride from Union Square to Upper West Side: $15.00
  • 10-pack of blank DVDs, half gallon of milk, and hairbrush at Duane Reade: $23.00
  • Tuesday

    • Egg-white omelet for breakfast: $3.50
    • Tofu and broccoli and drink for lunch: $5.65
    • Almonds for a snack: $3.00
    • ATM surcharge: $2.00
    • Wednesday

      • Dry-cleaned a jacket and jeans and got two skirts hemmed: $64.00
      • Tuna sandwich for lunch: $5.25
      • Soda: $0.50
      • Dinner at Burritoville: $9.50
      • Skirt from Club Monaco: $124.21
      • Cupcake from Magnolia Bakery: $2.25
      • Thursday

        • Breakfast from Equinox: $4.00
        • Salad for lunch from deli: $5.75
        • Friday

          • Laundry from dry cleaner: $16.00
          • Lilies from flower shop: $16.29
          • Hangers for closet: $9.67
          • Dinner at Ocean Grill with boyfriend: $50
          • Saturday

            • Lunch at Blue Water Grill: $28
            • Dinner and movie with boyfriend (he paid): $0
            • Sunday

              • Brunch for self and boyfriend: $25.00
              • Printed forms at Staples: $2.71
              • Picture frame from Filene's basement: $6.49
              • Dinner at Alice's Tea Cup: $18
              • Total: $546.72