When it comes to making ends meet as a production assistant in New York City, Brittani Cunningham knows how to stretch a dollar.
The 25-year-old earns $ 37,000 a year and tries to keep his costs as low as possible. Fortunately, an advantage of her job is that meals are usually served when working on production assignments, where her area of responsibility ranges from helping cast members to sets for handling paperwork and timesheets.
Being able to eat at work allows her to save lots of money on groceries. “I pretty much do not have to pay for food during the week, which is insanely amazing,”
Cunningham, a Brooklyn native, spent a week writing down her spending on CNBC Make It in June 2021. She tries to keep her weekly budget at about $ 200.
To save money, Cunningham likes to go sparingly for clothes and buy used books. She also dropped her membership in the gym during the pandemic in favor of exercising at home and has taught herself how to do nails and hair instead of paying someone else to do them for her.
“Being a black woman, you spend a lot of money on your hair getting braids and products,” she explains. “I started doing it myself so I don’t have to spend money on it.”
By keeping her expenses tight and focusing on saving, Cunningham hopes to set herself up for the future. Her goal is to own an apartment and grow other revenue streams to the point where she does not have to rely on income from the “fluctuating” film industry to make ends meet.
“[I want to be] able to one day become a homeowner and build wealth and maybe be my own boss, ”says Cunningham.
As a sideline, Cunningham manufactures and sells candles. Over the past six months, she has earned $ 2,000.
But she still lets herself enjoy her money with the occasional splurge. When she found out that Doja Cat was performing on Coney Island on the 4th of July weekend, she could not resist buying a ticket, even though it put her a little over her weekly budget.
“I have to see her,” Cunningham said. “I’m a big fan of her.”
See her full breakdown of expenses for the week in the video above.
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