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A Week in Tampa, FL, on a $50,000 Salary

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Today: a digital marketing manager who makes $50,000 a year

Occupation: digital marketing manager

Age: 29

Location: Tampa, FL

Salary: $50,000 (approx. $2,500 per pay period)

Day One


Today, I’m overseeing my team’s social media campaigns. I’m the digital marketing manager for a small business in Tampa and have worked here for two years. Within those years, I have helped increase sales and establish a better online reputation for our brand. After work, I had drinks with my spouse, G. This is something we like to do because Mondays feel busy. And it’s nice to wind down and feel relaxed for the week ahead.

Total: $18

Day Two


Last year, G. and I purchased our home and have been looking to get our small bathroom renovated. After work today, I searched up “bathroom remodeling in Tampa” and found Luxury Bath of Tampa Bay. They can oversee the entire bathroom remodel with a general contractor. I’m really looking forward to getting some new tiles, a new bathtub, and a new shower. And I just know they’ll do a great job with this small bathroom remodel. This is one of the most exciting parts about becoming a homeowner! I called Luxury Bath of Tampa Bay, and they offered to do a free in-home consultation.

Total: $0

Day Three


I went to the gym for a pilates class and decided to order a protein smoothie on the way home. It’s always the perfect post-workout snack because of how refreshing it is. I take hot pilates and pretty much feel like I’m dying afterward. But who doesn’t? It’s not really meant to be comfortable. You’re supposed to sweat a lot.

Total: $7

Day Four


I’ve decided to go to the gym again tonight and have another smoothie post-workout. I’m taking a restorative yoga class to prevent soreness from yesterday’s class. I love taking this at night because the instructor dims the lights. It just feels like a really relaxing end to my workday. This morning was really busy at work because we were negotiating an influencer marketing campaign. Because they had a huge following, our team went back and forth several times. The end of the year always tends to be really busy in the marketing industry because it’s when people like to spend the most money.

Total: $7

Day Five


Next week, I’m going to a networking event for work. It’s been a while since I’ve last done that. So, I asked my best friend C. about where to buy studded heels. She is more of a fashionista and told me to check Wild Diva. I was hoping to find black suede heels with studs, and I told her they needed to have an elegant design but still have studs and at a fair price. C. told me to check the new arrivals, and there were my ideal black suede studded heels! Plus, their fast shipping means it’ll arrive in a timely manner.

Total: $35.75

Day Six


Tonight, G. took me out to dinner, and we went to an escape room. After our little date night, we stopped by Best Buy to get a few lightbulbs. We’re trying out smart lightbulbs. He paid for the date, but I paid for the lightbulbs. Even though we’re married, we have separate accounts. We share a joint account solely for paying bills and the mortgage.

Total: $40

Day Seven


For most of the day, I decided to lounge around the house and scroll through my phone. In the morning, I DIY’ed a textured canvas to hang up on the wall and use as decor. Because I already had the materials, I didn’t need to buy anything.

Total: $0

Total for the week: $107.75