Who doesn’t like saving money? I know that I do! However, that can be a challenge as you want to be able to enjoy life and if you never spend money on anything life can get boring awfully quickly. As with many other things in life, there is some sort of balance to be had and the same is true when it comes to trying to save money yet have a life at the same time.
It can take a little bit of effort to find ways to save money on the things that bring you joy in life, but it is most definitely possible. Instead of just locking yourself in your house and putting every free dollar into the bank, consider the following three tips for living a frugal lifestyle and still having some fun at the same time.
#1 – Look for Affordable Activities
Doing things with your spouse or kids can get expensive in a hurry. For example, if you buy tickets to a concert or sporting event, you could be set back a couple hundred dollars in no time at all. However, if you look for other activities that won’t be as expensive, you can still have fun as a family and save money at the same time.
Looking for parks in your area is one good option to get out of the house and explore nature for little or no money. You can pack a lunch and spend the day outside walking on trails or spotting wildlife. Even if the park has an admission fee of a few dollars, it is likely to be much more affordable than other activities you can find around town.
#2 – Save Money By Skipping the Drinks
Do you like to go out for a nice dinner from time to time with someone special? There is nothing wrong with that at all. However, it can get expensive if you aren’t careful. One good way to save money and still have a nice evening is to skip the drinks when you place your order.
Drinks are significantly marked up at restaurants, and they can easily add quite a bit more to the bill by the end of the evening. By just drinking water, you can save money and still enjoy a tasty meal at a nice restaurant. I know it may feel like it detracts from the experience of having a meal out, but I’d much rather save money on drinks as opposed to adding empty calories and having a higher bill to boot.
#3 – Vacation Closer to Home
You don’t have to ditch the idea of taking a vacation just because you are trying to save money, but you can modify your plans to make the trip less expensive. Transportation is one of the more expensive parts of every trip, so planning a getaway closer to home can cut into the cost significantly. Rather than paying for gas to drive several hundred miles, or airfare to go across the country, staying within a couple hours of home will make a vacation seem much less costly.
With a little research, you should be able to find a fun place to go that will offer plenty to do without breaking the bank. Just because a vacation doesn’t take you all across the map doesn’t mean it won’t be one that you remember for years to come.
What are some frugal things you do to save money yet still have a life? What is one thing you refuse to pay for so you can pocket the money instead?
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