A Week in Tulsa on a $64,000 Salary

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Today: A training manager who makes $64,000 per year.

Occupation: Training manager

Age: 27

Location: Tulsa, OK

Salary: $64,000

Day 1


It’s a busy time in the life of a trainer. I’m currently working on a variety of new training videos to help bring our stuff up to snuff. It’s fun coming up with these short videos or easy tutorials, and it helps save me so much time in the long run. The first thing I do is storyboard them so the video editor knows exactly what’s going on. That’s the best way to work together as a team. Then, the other associates have great demos and custom animations so viewers understand the effective training videos. I worked on this most of the day, then grabbed dinner on the way home, where I watched some TV and fell right to sleep.

Total: $15

Day 2


Today, I had a big meeting with my financial advisor. With tax season coming up, I want to make sure everything is settled and that I’m making good choices for my money and budget. He suggested something about MYGA, which I guess stands for a multi-year guaranteed annuity. This means I can pay into certain schemes with set interest that won’t change right away or surprise me. It’s the next step in my financial journey, and I’m excited to see where it takes me. Of course, I had to pay for the meeting, but it seemed reasonable enough for the future I can look forward to.

Total: $120

Day 3


I was in meetings with new hires all day today, which really dragged on. Had to grab a cup of coffee on the way into work and halfway through the afternoon just to stay awake. Seems like a good group of people, though. They are all excited and super ready to learn.

Total: $11

Day 4


Thursday is my weekly trivia night, so I had a fun time going to that. It was actually themed this evening, and I absolutely crushed it at Harry Potter trivia. I love this standing tradition. It gives me the excuse to see my best friend ever since she stopped working at the same company as me. Plus, it gives us a chance to flex our brain muscles and learn something new every week.

Total: $32

Day 5


Friday always marks the end of a training week and a new group of recruits ready to spread their wings and fly as new staff members. I really liked this group, so I decided to bring in some donuts to celebrate this morning. After work, it was date night, which we haven’t done in ages. I’m proud of my boyfriend, who just got promoted at work, so it was my turn to take him out on the town. We kept it simple and went bowling and grabbed dinner at his favorite brewery afterward. What a lovely, lovely evening.

Total: $78

Day 6


Went to the farmer’s market this morning to pick up a few essentials for the week. We hosted my parents for dinner tonight, so there was that pressure to show them my life is put together. Cooked some fancy stuffed mushrooms with a side of asparagus and garlic potatoes. I was pretty proud if I do say so myself!

Total: $35

Day 7


Went out to brunch this morning to celebrate a coworker’s birthday. It was really lovely to spend time with people outside the office. I love catching up and hearing everyone’s news outside of the hustle and bustle of work. After that, I came home and took a long nap before getting up and prepping for the week ahead.

Total: $28

Weekly Total: $319

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