Christmas Money Diary: Civil Servant On A 50k Salary

Welcome to Money Diaries, where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking a cross-section of women how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period – and we're tracking every last penny.

In the second of our Christmas specials, a civil servant at the Department for Education who has been living in London for three and a half years talks us through a very untypical week in the capital. Christmas parties galore!

Industry: Civil Service
Age: 24
Location: London
Salary: £50,860
Paycheque amount per month: £2,600 after pension and student loan deductions
Number of roommates: 1

Monthly Expenses

Housing costs: £845
Utilities: £100
Phone bill: £51
Gym membership: £37
Netflix: £7