Lacy (not her real name) is a 28-year-old hospitality manager in Tennessee.
I want to maximize my pay for as long as possible to give us as much of a cushion as I can to get by on reduced pay for the duration of my leave.
Beatrice (not her real name) is a 40-year-old vice president in Minnesota.
Anthony (not his real name) is a 38-year-old data scientist in the Denver area.
Marian (not her real name) is a 32-year-old administrative assistant in Seattle.
Melissa is a 36-year-old assistant professor in Memphis. This is an update to her 2017 Doing Money interview.
We’ve been together for seven years and married for four years now, and didn’t even open joint checking and savings accounts until this past spring.
Chloe (not her real name) is a 29-year-old graduate student pursuing a writing MFA.
Angelina (not her real name) is twenty-nine and works in tech in Boston.
Heidi (not her real name) is a 33-year-old administrative assistant working in education in Portland.
I thought we might be an interesting case study for everyone to follow because we have a lot going on over the next year.
Vanessa (not her real name) is a 34-year-old law firm administrator in Southern California.
Rosalynn (not her real name) is 27, and is freelancing in entertainment in Los Angeles.
I make more than $500K annually, but less than $700K.
Mac (not her real name) is a 31-year-old Content Specialist living in Austin.
Cecilia (not her real name), is a 26-year-old set lighting technician in Atlanta.
Katrina (not her real name) is 29 and just defended her dissertation for a PhD in philosophy.
Katherine (not her real name) is a 24-year-old medical student on the West Coast.
Liz (not her real name) is a 30-year-old mother of two (5 and 7) whose spouse is in the Navy.
Robyn (not her real name) is a 32-year-old professor in the southeastern United States.
Jenna (not her real name) is a 33-year-old estate planning attorney in a small Midwestern town.
Devon (not her real name) is a 32-year-old credit union branch manager in Portland. She did a previous Doing Money interview, “How a Bank Manager With Three Roommates Does Money,” in 2015.
Phryne (not her real name) is an early-30s business analyst in San Francisco.
Laurel (not her real name) is a 33-year-old librarian/dorm parent in San Antonio.
I think this is a great question and I also think it is very hard to answer.