What can you buy with one day's worth of your salary? Right now, I make about $76 a day, before taxes, which really isn't much. That means that on Monday, when I made an after-work Rite-Aid makeup run, I practically worked an entire day for a tiny tube of RoC Eye Cream ($21.99 at Ulta), a small bottle of Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Moisturizer ($18.69 at Ulta), Maybelline Colossal Mascara ($6.99 at Ulta), and a can of Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo ($5.99 at Ulta). Plus I bought an Apple Pecan Salad from Wendy's ($6.99) for lunch. All my money was spent in one day. I really wanted to kick myself when I came to that realization. It was like a spiritual financial wakening.
Of course, I believe I invested wisely in a great eye cream and an anti-aging moisturizer (all of which I am hoping will last at least four to five months), but I'm still disappointed that my money disappeared in a day. I could have put that money toward new contact lenses or my next oil change.
On a much lighter note, let's have a little fun with this topic. To make it easy, let's say you make $10 an hour. That's $80 a day for a full 40-hour workweek. You're definitely on a budget at that rate, especially if you're supporting yourself. Let's look at all your spending options, and tell me which item you're most likely to go for!