A Week in Denver on a $50,000 Salary

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Welcome to Spending Notes, where we do a weekly deep dive into how our readers spend their cash.

Today, a sales representative who makes $50,000 a year at a storage unit facility in Denver, Colorado, tells us about their weekly technological expenses.

Occupation: Sales Representative

Age: 34

Location: Denver, Colorado, US

Salary: $50,000 (approx. $1,900 per pay period)

Day One


I usually begin my Mondays with zero energy but then transform into an extremely productive human being. Since I’m on the road a lot, I decided to purchase a mobile booster so my incoming calls won’t drop when I’m heading to meet with a client. This new mobile booster is the perfect solution for my weak cell signal when I’m in a car, truck, or even a boat. This will boost my cell signal, make voice calls, and even send picture messages no matter where I am. It supports 4G signals for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and every other major cell carrier in the United States.

Total: $210.33

Day Two


I work as a sales representative for a storage facility unit in Denver. I have a lot of cool clients that enjoy simply driving up to their secure facility and unloading their belongings. The best part about drive up storage units is the accessibility that they provide for different types of vehicles no matter how big or small. You can simply drive up to the self-storage facility and store your belongings. I’m looking at the security camera feed on my phone for the storage facility, and I just saw that a client has a bag of McDonald’s in their car’s front dash—now I want to eat fast food for lunch.

Total: $6.22

Day Three


Today after work, I’m taking my wife, O., to Denver’s 16th Street Mall in the heart of downtown to explore the many outdoor cafes and artsy chess tables. She’s been wanting to go there because it’s been a while now since the last time she took a walk downtown. Before I take her there, I’m going to stop at a flower shop and buy O. a bouquet just because. I know it will make her happy.

Total: $21.77

Day Four

It’s Thursday, and I already want it to be the weekend. I just got back from my employer’s headquarters over at Franktown, and I’m super tired from driving. I thought I’d stop by at the Inventing Room Dessert Shop to get O. some treats. She loves their campfire smores marshmallow slice (and so do I), so I get one for each of us.

Total: $12.65

Day Five


It’s Friday at last, and after having a long day of meeting after meeting with different clients, I’m finally on my way home. I get home and ask O. if she wants to go golfing at the Aqua Golf driving range and she immediately says yes. I think she enjoys it more than I do.

Total: $65.84

Day Six


Saturday’s here, and O. decided we would go visit her family over at Lakewood for her sister K.’s birthday. So we’re now heading to the mall to get her a birthday present. K. is still in college, so we figured she might enjoy a pair of wireless headphones she can use as she does her projects.

Total: $89.71

Day Seven


Today, O. and I are going to a Bacon and Beer Classic Fest. When we get there, we already want to eat and drink everything that’s being promoted. The smells are way too delicious to not try anything.

Total: $57.55

Total for the week: $462.07