So here are just a few examples of how we save on everyday activities.
Eating out- We go out to eat once or twice a week. When we do, we look for local bars and restaurants with good specials. We have one restaurant near us with a Wednesday night pizza special. $5 Pizza and half off premium beer. Our bill is usually around $10. That’s not a bad price for 2 people. We also use coupons and reward programs at other restaurants. And since we are thrifty, not cheap, we always still tip 20% on the original price of the food.
Movies- I’ve never been that big on going to the movies, but my Kevin likes to go. So, when there is something good out that we want to see, we make it a date and go. What we do is go to a matinee and skip the popcorn. There is no reason to spend money on concessions at the movies. They are overpriced and besides that, who needs to consume that many calories while watching a movie?
Shopping- I think I touch on this topic enough in this blog, but basically, I try not to pay full price for anything. I also try to limit my shopping. I used to shop a lot more. Having a full-time job helps keep me out of stores. I really don’t have time to shop, but I still get it in when I can, because what girl doesn’t love to shop?
Vacations- We try to go on 2 big vacations every year. Yes, being married to an airline pilot is helpful in saving money on vacations. The free airline travel is definitely a wonderful benefit, but even if my husband didn’t work for an airline, we would still budget out a big vacation, because they are important to us. We are planning a cruise to the Caribbean soon. Cruises are nice because you get to see a lot, there is great entertainment and your food is included. We usually try to do all-inclusive trips, because they help you plan out your expenses ahead of time. Also, we have found that it’s best to go during the off-season. Don’t try to book a trip anywhere during Christmas, Easter or most of the summer.
Having fun, should not mean spending tons of money and saving money, should not mean you can’t enjoy life. You need to be thrifty with your money, not cheap!