Cost of Liv­ing

What Toron­to­ni­ans make and how they spend it

Toronto Life - - Imperial Plaza -

“i spend $150 a month on uber when it’s cold out”

KaRtiKey BhaR­gava, 31 What he Does Dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing man­ager What he makes $70,000 a year Where he lives

A two-bed­room Dis­tillery District condo that he shares with a room­mate Reg­u­laR ex­penses

Rent $1,650 a month. Home sup­plies $50. “My room­mate and I split what­ever we need for the condo.” Clean­ing seR­viCe $25 a month. CRedit CaRd debt $500 a month. tRans­poRta­tion $300 a month, for a Metropass and Uber rides. “I moved to Toronto from In­dia 19 months ago. When it’s re­ally cold, I take an Uber to work.” linkedin pRe­mium $30 a month. “I use it for Lynda, its on­line learn­ing plat­form. I like know­ing about trends in tech­nol­ogy, e-com­merce and fi­nance.” eat­ing out $500 a month. “I work on Queen West and buy lunch ev­ery day. My favourite spots are the Drake Ho­tel, Bolt Fresh Bar and Lao Thai.” gRo­CeRies $250 a month. “I had a prom­i­nent food blog in In­dia, but I’m not the best cook. I buy easy-to-pre­pare meals like sausages and veg­eta­bles for stir-fry.”

Re­cent spluRges

tRavel $2,700, for a flight home to In­dia, plus va­ca­tions in New York, Ot­tawa and Mon­treal. din­neR $150, for a meal at Indian Ac­cent in N.Y.C. “It’s rated one of the best Indian restau­rants in the world, and I know the chef from when I lived in Delhi.” smaRt ligHts $300, for a Philips Hue sys­tem from Ama­zon. “It al­lows me to con­trol my lights at home with my phone, and it cuts down on wasted en­ergy.” ClotH­ing $400, for Ralph Lau­ren polo shirts and Calvin Klein shoes from the Bay. XboX one $350. “I play one game: FIFA.”

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