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I earned $9.35 an hour at my first RN job and my first pay check was for a little over $250. I remember feeling as though that was a lot of money to have at once, lol.
I put half of it into savings and half of it into checking, as I have every paycheck since for the past 30 years. I don't recall what I paid for with the funds in checking. I have always been debt free and didn't have any bills to speak of at the time, and I don't remember buying anything special either.
Since I already luckily got a little sign-on money, I used my first check to furnish our new naked apartment so that we could move into it. We were Newlyweds then, and thought we had the world by the tail. We bought a sleeper couch, blinds, curtains, some very basic appliances, and the basic staples for the fridge (we always ate "out" as her cooking reeked- and I was at work). So it probably bought some pizza, hot wings, and subways on the side. I tithed at 10% to my church.
Now I would give a WHOLE paycheck to go back and give that idiot some financial counselling!!!!!
Some of it went immediately into a savings account (for emergencies ... and to build up money to pay for graduate school).
The rest was used to pay my half of the rent as I couldn't afford to get an apartment by myself. After savings, rent, utilities, and food ... there was nothing left for anything fun.