Money Diaries

Money Diaries
In Refinery29’s Money Diaries, we ask women to share their salary, their take home pay, and their monthly expenses. The series always brings up more questions than answers: Why is she putting so much into retirement? Why can’t she afford a vacation? Why do commenters hate it when diarists let boyfriends pay for the check? In the podcast, we set out to answer those questions. Every episode, a diarist calls in with a money dilemma, question, or awkward situation, and our hosts help them figure it out all – without freaking out about their finances.

My husband & I make $210,000 a year — & it’s the first time we truly feel comfortable
Mar 25, 2019 • 19 min
What happens when you actually start earning good money? One woman has reached that point in her life — and isn’t quite sure where to go next. Should she invest? Should she put more in retirement? And why do some of those answers come so much more easily…
My partner & I make $165,000—& we saved $65,000 to buy a house
Mar 18, 2019 • 20 min
The world tells you that life should happen a certain way: Marriage, a house, and a family. Today’s diarist is faced with two of those steps, saving for a wedding and a house, and is dealing with the resulting financial realities. Co-Hosts: Lindsey…
I have $90,000 in student loans — & I’m struggling to pay it all back
Mar 11, 2019 • 21 min
How do you even start to pay off your student loans when you barely make enough money to scrape by? Today’s diarist has some tough decisions to make, with $90,000 in loans and a job that barely pays the bills. Co-Hosts: Lindsey Stanberry, @lestanberry and…
My husband and I make $280,000 a year — & I’m stressed out about starting a family
Mar 4, 2019 • 15 min
Today’s anonymous diarist has worked really hard for her money — she and her husband both. At this point, they live a pretty good life, with $300 monthly wine subscriptions and constant wine-and-cheese nights. But she also knows that she wants a family.…
I went from making $143,000 to $1500 a month
Feb 25, 2019 • 18 min
Alisha Ramos had it all — a cushy, six-figure tech job, a great work/life balance, the time and money to spend at the hottest restaurants in the city. But she left all that to start her own business, Girls Night In, and ended up taking a major pay cut…
I make $47,000 — & haven’t been on a vacation in 7 years
Feb 18, 2019 • 15 min
A 32-year-old woman calls in with an interesting question: The last time she went on a real vacation was on her honeymoon — 7 years ago. Meanwhile, she sees her friends posting on Instagram every anniversary, with beach trips and tropical vacations, and…
I make $90,000 — & my dates still won’t let me pay the check
Feb 11, 2019 • 16 min
Do you do the “wallet reach”? Do you always go dutch? Do you find that splitting the check is a sign that a second date is off the table? Hosts Lindsey Stanberry and Paco De Leon talk through one single woman’s experience in the dating pool, and then hash…
Welcome to the Money Diaries Podcast!
Feb 1, 2019 • 2 min
Welcome to the Money Diaries Podcast!