For all the budget babes out there a few simple tricks to help you live like a diva on a dime. You don’t have to become a shut-in, eat budget food only, or stop seeing your friends. You just have to make a few simple changes that let you keep more money in your pocket while also socializing, having fun and enjoying the good life.
Here are a few simple things you can do to live like a queen when you have a tight budget:
Go Out Later. If your friends are going out for a night on the town at 7 you can meet them at 9 instead. You’ll have saved two hours of cocktails which could easily save you $50…plus you’ll feel better the next day with a few fewer glasses of bubbly in your system.
Meet Your Friends For Desert Instead of Dinner. When your friends are going to a fancy dinner at that super chic new restaurant and you really want to see it you don’t have to miss out altogether. Tell your friends that you aren’t able to meet them for dinner (you don’t need to say you can’t afford it if you don’t want) but you’d love to meet them for desert.
Cook Gifts For People. Is that $25 pricetag for thank you flowers to your friend that did you a favour a bit tough to swallow? Make them some super cute cupcakes or their favourite cookies! You will save a bundle, and you get to do some creative expression with your cupcake decorating.
Double Check Your Receipts. This may sound a little stingy, but do you think the huge corporation that you buy your groceries at deserves the $5.00 they overcharged you more than you do? If you check your bills every time you’ll be amazed how much extra you are paying – so get that money back and put it to better use!
Do Your Research. Before you buy something that costs more than $100 check online to see if you can buy it at a factory outlet or a website for less. Why pay more when you get the same quality goods that you do in the store?
Find The Best Time To Make A Purchase. Lots of companies have regular sales, or days of the week that things go on sale. If you are thinking of taking a trip you may be able to save money if you buy it online after midnight in the middle of the week. Lots of other industries have similar best times to buy, so ask when the lowest prices become available and save yourself a bundle!
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