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Radio producer Jana Hocking, 35, reveals the true cost of being a single woman in Sydney


Radio producer, 35, reveals the true cost of being a single woman in Sydney in 2021 – from high rent to delivery of expensive food and indulgent evenings with matched friends

  • Jana Hocking, 35, says everything is more expensive when you’re single
  • From rent to vacations and parties, radio producer says it all adds up
  • As couples cut costs in half, singles shoulder the full financial burden
  • Ms Hocking said weddings, hotels, vacations and rents are much more expensive when single










The true cost of living as a single woman in Sydney has been revealed by a radio producer and self-proclaimed ‘boyfriend genre collector’.

“Perpetually single,” Jana Hocking, who works at Harbor City’s Triple M station, argues that everything from rent and meals to vacations and nights on the town is considerably more expensive when you pay for one.

As couples cut costs in half, the 35-year-old – who writes about her unhappy relationships and romantic getaways – says singles shoulder the full financial burden.

Its examples include furniture, groceries, and weddings, as well as hotels that charge single room supplements and one-bedroom apartments that are unaffordable for one income but perfectly reasonable in between.

One-time radio producer Jana Hocking (pictured) says life is expensive when you’re single in Sydney

The producer of Triple M (pictured) argues that everything from rent and meals to vacations and nights on the town is considerably more expensive when you pay one

The producer of Triple M (pictured) argues that everything from rent and meals to vacations and nights on the town is considerably more expensive when you pay one

Ms Hocking said it was unfair that couples looking for a home were spoiled for choice while singles had to fight for the few ads suitable for a solo salary.

Cost aside, Hocking says there is also social stigma and accepted prejudices to contend with when going it alone.

She cited a recent University of Virginia study that found that real estate agents are more likely to choose a married couple than a single person when choosing between rental applicants.

Ms Hocking also noted the minor expenses that add up quickly when paying your bills on your own, including streaming services, food delivery charges, and Ubers.

Ms Hocking (right, with a friend) says casual dating can cost you well over $ 100 a week

Ms Hocking (right, with a friend) says casual dating can cost you well over $ 100 a week

What could be more expensive when you are single?

* Rental

* Uber

* Holidays and hotel rooms

* Weddings

* Evenings

* Streaming services

* Meal delivery costs

* Grocery stores

* Furniture

Then there’s the cost of the meetings, which Ms. Hocking says can add up to “well over” $ 100 per week.

She says first date expenses likely include the cost of an Uber at the bar or restaurant, dinner, half the amount of wine you drink, and another Uber house.

But while constant socializing will dramatically reduce your bank balance, Ms Hocking believes singles can’t put a price on a fair amount of time with friends.

While this may decrease the bank balance, Ms Hocking (pictured) believes singles can't put a price on a fair amount of time with friends

While this may decrease the bank balance, Ms Hocking (pictured) believes singles can’t put a price on a fair amount of time with friends

“One weekend too many keeping a low profile can really give you a disgusting dose of loneliness,” she said.

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned about single life, it’s that your social life is incredibly important. Interactions keep old sanity under control.

And despite the added cost of single living, Ms Hocking says she wouldn’t trade her freedom and lack of judgment to eat 3am snacks for the world.

“Really, at this current point in my life, I wouldn’t want it any other way,” she said.

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