This distribution specialist makes $58,000 a year. How is she spending during the pandemic?
Who Jess Lalonde, 29
What she does Distribution specialist at a mattress company
What she makes $58,000 a year
Where she lives A one-bedroom apartment at Queen and Dufferin, with her dog, Gus
Rent $1,640 including utilities. “The building needed tenants when I moved in during the pandemic, so I got a $500 gift card and my first month’s rent for free.”
Internet $40 a month, with Fido.
Phone $67 a month, with Virgin.
Laundry $40 a month. “I usually have to do laundry a few times a week, everything from clothes to cushion covers, because Gus sheds.”
Uber $35 a month. “I mostly walk everywhere, but when I have to leave my neighbourhood, I take an Uber.”
Groceries $300 a month, at Metro and FreshCo.
Eating out $400 a month. “My favourite spots are Golden Turtle on Ossington and Parallel on Geary.”
Dog food $60 a month. “Gus likes vegetables and canned tuna for treats, which are pretty cheap.”
Fitness $40 a month, at Hone Fitness. “Going to the gym gives me a reason to leave the apartment.”
Subscriptions $10 a month, for Crave. “I just watched the first couple of episodes of the Sex and the City reboot—it was awful.”
Weekend Trip to Montreal $500, for gas, food and lodging. “It was fun to try a smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz’s.”
Culture $56, for tickets to a string quartet at Longboat Hall in early December. “The whole place was candlelit and they played famous scores from popular films, like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings.”
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