Living on a tight budget may seem constricting, but it doesn’t mean you have to have a lower quality of life. You can still live a full life without breaking the bank. Here are some low-budget hacks for anyone looking to experience more, for less. 

For Social Outlets — 

  • Free meet-ups are a great way to enjoy your favorite outings while meeting new people. Sites like Meetup or Bumble BFF connect you with individuals and free events in your area, so whether you’re looking to explore your city or simply make a new friend, you’ll have plenty of options.
  • Get outside! Take advantage of the warm weather by planning an excursion into the great outdoors. No outing is too small — pack a bottle of wine and some snacks for a picnic date in your local park, or find a nearby trail and go for a hike with some friends! Sometimes getting outside and unplugging can be the best form of bonding. 

For Fitness Options — 

  • If you don’t want to invest in a gym membership (or are staying away from the gym to protect your health) but are looking to maintain your fitness, home workouts are a great alternative! In the Covid-19 era, social media outlets like Instagram and Youtube have countless home workout ideas and programs you can try, free of charge and requiring minimal equipment. 
  • Take advantage of free trials! Most gyms and fitness centers have promotional offers for new or prospective members. With a little research, you can find great deals on fitness classes and short-term memberships. 

For General Day-to-Day — 

  •  Practice mindfulness with your spending. It sounds silly, but being intentional with your expenses can make a big difference in your overall fiscal well-being. Avoid the temptation to overspend by budgeting in one or two splurges every month, whether that means investing in a monthly massage or treating yourself to a fancy dinner out. 
  • De-clutter your life with platforms like Facebook Marketplace and Poshmark. You can sell or trade items you no longer use or want, or find cheap deals on the things you do need! The money you earn/save can go toward your investing in your goals. 

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