On the subject 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 doable. Fortunately, one perk of her job is that meals are often catered when she works manufacturing assignments, the place her duties vary from aiding solid members on set to dealing with paperwork and timesheets.
With 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 through 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 economize, 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 understanding at dwelling, and has taught herself the way to do her nails and hair somewhat 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 conserving her spending tight and specializing in saving, Cunningham hopes to set herself up for the longer term. Her objective is to personal an residence and develop different income streams to the purpose the place she does not must depend on revenue from the “fickle” movie business to make ends meet.
“[I want to be] capable of at some point change into a home-owner and to construct wealth, and possibly 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 get pleasure from her cash with the occasional splurge. When she discovered 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.