Cheap Ways to Enjoy

How do you measure success and happiness? If you answer this question with a huge dream house, a brand new luxury car and lots of money to blow for shopping and partying, then chances are, you or and will be living way above your means. You have to be very wealthy to be able to do all these and still not worry about your finances, but if you’re only earning a decent income, you need to figure out a couple of cheap ways to enjoy life without blowing obscene amounts of money.

Do you always need to go to a restaurant for most of your dinners and gathering with friends? It would also be fun, practical and inexpensive to cook and eat at home. Plus, you get to control the portion and ingredients of your food, ensuring that you’re eating healthy as well. Potluck is also a good way to bond with friends and family over food without the overbearing restaurant prices.

Instead of going to pricey concerts and shows, drive to a local movie screening where you can watch movies for free. If you’re craving for some action, your local community might also have sporting events you can watch at a minimal cost. Opt for picnics at the park or visits to the zoo instead of taking your kids to expensive establishment. Focus on building memories without breaking the bank.

Your car, regardless of how new or old it is, will do the same job: take you from point to another. You can save thousands of dollars by opting for a used car than a brand new one. Or, opt to take the public transport a couple of times a week to save on gas or ride your bike to work.

If quality matters to you, find middle ground so you don’t have to spend as much. Accept hand-me-down clothing and toys for your children. Scour thrift stores and establishments on sale. Buy gifts on sale and use your coupons. There are several ways you can purchase items without breaking the budget; you just have to be patient and committed enough to not spend beyond your limits.

Don’t scoff at the idea of frugality for most of the successful and financially-established people are frugal since then until now. You just need to place more value on things that really matter to you. Lastly, don’t mind what other people say for being frugal and money-conscious. It is your money to spend and use and this is your life to live. Fuel your frugality with a vision – being financially-free; the ability to travel the world and be able to help others. With this in mind, it is easy to be frugal until it becomes second nature to you.