In relation to making ends meet as a manufacturing assistant in New York Metropolis, Brittani Cunningham is aware of methods to stretch a greenback.
The 25-year-old earns $37,000 a 12 months and tries to maintain her prices as little as doable. Fortunately, one perk of her job is that meals are often catered when she works manufacturing assignments, the place her tasks vary from aiding solid members on set to dealing with paperwork and timesheets.
Having the ability to eat at work permits her to save lots of a ton of cash on groceries. “I just about do not must pay for any meals in the course of the week, which is insanely wonderful,” 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 after 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 funds to round $200.
To save cash, Cunningham likes to go thrifting for garments and buys pre-owned books. She additionally ditched her gymnasium membership in the course of the pandemic in favor of understanding at dwelling, and has taught herself methods to do her nails and hair slightly than pay another person to do them for her.
“Being a Black lady, you spend some huge cash in your hair getting braids and merchandise,” she explains. “I began to try this myself in order that I haven’t got to spend cash on it.”
By conserving her spending tight and specializing in saving, Cunningham hopes to set herself up for the longer term. Her objective is to personal an house and develop different income streams to the purpose the place she would not have to depend on earnings from the “fickle” movie trade to make ends meet.
“[I want to be] in a position to at some point change into a house owner and to construct wealth, and perhaps be my very own boss,” Cunningham says.
As a facet 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 though it put her barely over her weekly funds.
“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.