Sticking to a budget during the summer can be a challenge. Coworkers in new summer clothes and friends gallivanting out on exciting weekend getaways may tempt you to head to the mall or book a trip that you can’t really afford. It’s a disappointing to have to turn down invitations to parties, dinners, and trips. So in addition to using your Kaiku Card to limit the amount you can spend at a given time, try some of these tips to save money and have fun on a budget this summer.
Pick three or four friends who enjoy cooking and start a weekly dinner night where a different person cooks each time. These nights are great for socializing and if you want to get creative, choose a different theme each week. With this ritual, you can get a free dinner three days out of the month.
If your employer or boss is flexible, ask to work from home one or two days a week. If you drive, this will cut down on transportation costs, gas usage, and overall car maintenance. For those with children, this idea may allow you to save a day or two on babysitter fees.
Even if you budgeted for lunch during the week, pack a lunch so you can reallocate those funds for summer activities. For example, the $20-$30 saved on eating out during the week can instead be used for happy hours, weekend brunches, or summer accessories.
Instead of doing movie nights, do movie matinees. You’ll save up to 50% of the ticket cost in some cities.
Sign up for community newsletters as they often list free events such as concerts and gallery openings.
If you are taking a day-trip to a theme park such as Six Flags, purchase admission tickets and parking passes ahead of time online as the prices are often cheaper.
Use social media sites to find special deals and discounts on everything from concert tickets to clothing.
Have a summer “clothes swap” with your friends. Clean out your closet and gather any clothes and accessories you don’t mind parting with. Throw a party for your friends to exchange items. You’ll have a partially “new” wardrobe without having to spend a penny!
You can be a financially responsible social butterfly! As shown above, there are creative ways to have fun while cutting down costs.