11 Millennial Women Who Make $35k Share How They Spend & Save Their Money


Money is a feminist issue — and yet, women are still reluctant to talk about it. According to a recent Bustle survey of more than 1,000 Millennial women, more than 50 percent of people said they never discuss personal finances with friends, even though 28 percent reported feeling stressed out about money every single day. Bustle's Get Money series gets real about what Millennial women are doing with their money, and why — because managing your finances should feel empowering, not intimidating.

Like it or not, managing money is part of life. Whether you make $30,000 a year or $100,000, there are money management lessons to be learned. "Creating wealth is all about choosing correct habits now," Lou Cannataro, partner at Cannataro Park Avenue Financial, tells Bustle. "Most know if they have one or two less beers or coffees a month, they can build in some room to pay down debt, still enjoy themselves, and begin to plan for the future! Many are just not ready to make the little changes in life... yet."

Maggie Germano, a certified financial education instructor and financial coach for women, agrees with Cannataro. "The key to financial health is paying attention to your money," she tells Bustle. "Figure how much you make and how much you spend every month. Come up with a budget that aligns with your goals, and then track your spending as the month goes on. Apps like Mint or LearnVest can take a lot of the effort off your shoulders. If you have room in your budget to save (which I hope you do!), automate your savings so that it happens every month."

Although Cannataro and Germano make excellent points, here's how 11 women who all make approximately $35,000 spend and save their money. Like I said above, I think that no matter how much you make, you can pick up a money-management trick or two from the women below, or relate to something they said.

1Emma, 23


2Chassidy, 27

3Ali, 24


4Paige, 24

5Melissa, 23


6Angalena, 23

7Brooke, 23


8Desi, 30

9Brie, 24


10Kara, 23

11Brittany, 29

There you have it — how Millennial women spend and save their money at 35k. Whether you can relate to the tips above or will start using some of them, or even one, knowledge is power, right — especially when it comes to your money!

Check out the “Get Money” stream in the Bustle App for more tips and tricks on how to save and spend your money.