photo by Svadilfari
Some services you’d normally pay for can be wiped off your expenses by doing it yourself. If you’d rather keep the money for more important/fun stuff, you could make your own coffee, clean your own car, learn to change a tyre, look for solutions online (this saved me calling out a plumber once) and fix things yourself instead of “calling the guy”. (Only do this is you need money more than time - sometimes the luxury of not having to do things yourself is worth every penny!)
- Saving lots of money!
8)Abuse the internet:
photo by Chaparral
The internet can substitute a lot of expensive stuff and everyone, however poor, should try to have it at home! You can get connected really cheap in some places but it’s really worth the investment however much you have to pay.
- You can watch loads of T.V shows for free - so you could do without a cable package if you wanted to save the cash.
- You can stream and download films for free, even recently released ones. Free cinema in your living room!
- You can cure a magazine addiction! Whenever a headline on a magazine cover grabs you, you can go home and look it up online. You’ll find much better articles and tons more information this way!
- You can socialise and network online when you can’t afford to go out. Keep in touch with old friends and make new friends that you have loads in common with!
- You can send free text messages and make free calls
- You can sell your old crap.
- If you need anything you can put a message out to loads of people quickly through email or social networking sites. Comes in handy when your sofa finally dies - you can see if anyone on your friends list wants to get rid of one. Or if you‘re wanting to borrow a tent or something - you can put the word out and hopefully someone will have one.
- If you wonder anything, however random, at any time of day - you can find out the answer!
9) Socialise at home:
photo by Conejoazul
There’s loads of fun stuff you can do at home if you use you imagination! Take turns with friends and family to host cheap and cheerful dinner parties or pot-lucks, where everyone brings a dish. You can still dress up nice and create a nice mood with candles, flowers and decorations. If you’ve got a games console you can invite people over to play. You can have movie marathons, themed parties, games nights and poker nights. You can invite people over for brunch or cocktails or smoothies. These can all be done cheaply with imagination and a bit of creativity! If you can encourage all your friends to do things at their places too you’ll have lots of fun. For more inspiration check out “Staying In is the new Going Out” ((here) and Digs Magazines‘ article “Entertaining in small spaces” if your place is tiny. (here)
- No entry fees.
- No taxi fares, if the party’s at your place.
- No overpriced drinks - get them cheap from the supermarket!
- No dress code. You don’t even have to wear shoes if you don’t want to!
- No kicking out time
- No bad service to ruin a good night.
- Music you like at the volume you like!
So that's the end of the 3 part article. If you have more ideas to add then go for it! xxx