How to Save Money While Still Having Fun

by Miranda Marquit · 0 comments

I’m not normally known for my frugal ways. However, even though I’m willing to pay a little extra for a good experience, it doesn’t mean that I want to overspend on my fun. As long as you’re willing to show a little patience, and if you can see the joy in the simple things, it’s possible for you to save money while still having fun. Here are some of the ways that I save money while still having fun, whether it’s staying close to home or whether I’m traveling:

Look for Deals

The best thing to do is look for deals, no matter what you’re doing. First of all, you can find good deals on almost anything when you sign up for deal sites. I like to sign up for deals in cities that I visit regularly so that I see deals that might pop up when I’m traveling there. I look for deals when I travel as well. My son and I are saving 50 percent off our spring break trip because I looked for deals on everything from our trip to an amusement park to the hotel to the rental car.

You can also find deals close to home. We often go to the theater on discount nights, or go out to eat when kids eat free. This is a good way to head out of the house without breaking the bank and enjoy a little family fun.

Use Your Rewards

Your rewards program memberships can be a great way to save money on fun items. I recent got a free plane ticket, which reduced the cost of a trip. We’re also staying for free in a hotel for an upcoming weekend getaway, all thanks to a rewards program. Whether you are using credit card rewards or non-credit loyalty rewards, you can have fun with the help of rewards. I recently signed up for a credit card rewards program connected to one of my loyalty rewards. I wish I’d done it sooner, since the way I’m racking up the rewards is amazing, and I’ll soon have more free travel coming my way.

Of course, you do have to be careful when using rewards — especially credit card rewards. You don’t want to spend extra money just for the sake of earning rewards. Otherwise, you could find yourself in debt.

Look for Free Things To Do

The best things in life are free, and you can have fun while enjoying free activities. My son and I regularly go for bike rides, and go hiking. It doesn’t cost us anything to stay at home and play a board game or put together a puzzle. These are fun and free, and they make for good memories. We also like to visit local historical sites, and support free cultural activities, like our local gallery walk that features artists from around the area. Check your community calendar for these types of activities, and you might be surprised at how much fun you can have while spending very little — or even nothing at all.

Bonus Tip:

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