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11. Plan in Advance
As far in advance as possible!tickets, for example, can cost as little as one dollar when booked early — so even if you’re not sure when you’re traveling, you can buy several tickets for different dates.
12. Use the Right Booking Service
If air travel is unavoidable, find your flight usingor Bing’s, which will even point out when it’s a good idea to wait for prices to drop. Once a deal is found, compare it against the price on the airline’s own website in case it’s cheaper (it happens). And if the vacation will involve hotels and activities, peruse the rates ofExpedia. Airline fares can get heavily discounted when they’re bundled in with accommodation, meals, and tours.
14.Pack Food and a Reusable Water Bottle for the Trip
Not just because it’s cheaper, but any food that crosses your path when travelling is probably not worth consuming. Plus, filling up a bottle at water fountains will help out Mother Nature by keeping plastic out of landfills.
15. Measure and Weigh Your Bags
Cheap airlines make their money by charging ridiculous fees for one extra pound of baggage. Don’t fall into their trap!
17. Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate
Ah, that time-honored friend of the frugal: negotiation. A room left unused or an airline seat left empty can’t be resold. If something is available, especially at the last minute, then you’re holding more cards than you might think.
18. Get On Annoying Mailing Lists
Hotels, airlines, travel companies —they’ve got andinto a dedicated email folder. Nearly everything they send will be useless, but every now and then, a phenomenal deal leaks out.
19. Know Your Guest List
Saving money is all about numbers, and while a “More The Merrier” stance looks nice and seasonal on an invitation, it can quickly balloon out of control. Keeping a tight lid on the guest list will make sure there’s no need to run out and buy extra food or alcohol, plus it’ll lower the odds of random people staining the carpet and breaking your stuff.
20. Don’t Mail Invitations
This might be unnecessary advice for the Millennial crowd, but remember: Paper invites are fun, but the cost of stationery and stamps adds up. Plus, who wants to run the risk of a papercut? Those things are deadly.
22. Co-Host With a Friend
This is a super easy way toof a party. Just remember that both hosts need to help clean up, no matter who holds the event!
23. Restrict Alcohol Options
Of course, not offering alcoholat allwill save a lot of cash (remember, saying “Mixers will be provided!” is a good way toseemgenerous without buying everyone booze). But for those determined to get their guests drunk (and we salute you), it’s cheaper to serve only one kind of drink., or pretend you have a “signature cocktail” — a big bowl of punch or spiked eggnog is an easy way to hide the taste of cheap alcohol. Just don’t leave the bottles lying around!
24. Party During the Day
Who said parties have to be at night? Hosting during the day will guarantee the guests won’t drink or eat as much. An awesome idea is to invite a big crew over for: Pancakes and eggs are cheaper than any fancy dinner, plus mimosas are a pretty cheap way to get an afternoon buzz on.
26. Decorate on the Cheap
It’s nice to pretty up the place, but that doesn’t mean breaking the bank. Candles, Christmas lights, little piles of fruit, or a few pieces of mismatched crockery are very funky (and frugal) ways to decorate your pad.
27. Don’t Host!
Organize an event at a restaurant or a bar instead. The cost of using a small slice of a venue’s floor space will probably be less than paying for your guests’ food and alcohol.
28. Make BIG Batches
No matter how many people are coming for dinner,alwaysmake more than is needed — too much food is better than not enough. It’llthat’s needed to cook another meal from scratch, and cooking in bulk is the best way to take advantage of any sales at the grocery store.in square containers (they’re easier to store) and you’ve got premade meals that make healthy eating that much easier.
29. Get Acquainted With Your Crock Pot
They might seem a little expensive at first glance, butcrock potsare a thrifty chef’s best friend. Not only does cookingmake for incredibly rich flavors, but they’re the best way to prepare cheap pieces of meat. Brisket,, pork shoulder andham hockare some of the toughest (and therefore cheapest) cuts, but slow cooking them will leave them tender, juicy, and delicious.
31. Stretch it Out
For thousands of years, people all over the world have known that pasta, rice, and potatoes are super filling and easy on the wallet (or ancient leather coin purse). As a result, there are countless meals that use them heavily. From rice alone, one can make paella, risotto, stew, and even desserts. Pick a country, find a cheap recipe, and act like it was chosen for its exotic spices rather than the easy price tag. Serve with
32. Serve Vegetarian
Animal rights aside, one of the best reasons to gomeat-freeis the cost. A lot of countries have vegetarian traditions, but the widest variety of ultra cheap, meat-free meals probably comes from India, since many strains of Hinduism encourage a diet free of meat and eggs. A traditional meal oflentils (or “dal”) and riceis delicious, exotic, and costsper serving. No one will miss the meat!
34. Eat Everything
Waste not, want not! Use bones to, turninto croutons, put driedin tea,freeze overripe bananas (they’re a great for making cheap,healthy ice cream), eateverything. In a similar vein, eat more— they’re incredibly nutritious, and since they gross most people out, a lot of them are very cheap., anyone?
35. Use a Toaster Oven
If you don’t have one, it’s time to invest. They're easy to clean and they save a ton of energy — no one needs to heat an entire oven to make a pita pizza!
A beer in a bar can cost as much as a six-pack at home. Drink at yours or a friend’s place for as long as possible, and try to fill up on food as well — it’ll make you less likely to order a 15-dollar bowl of jalapeno poppers when theset in!
37. Plan the Night
Mapping outwhere you plan to go will not only give the evening a sense of direction, but it’ll eliminate the odds of drunken, cross-town taxi rides when you all get sick of a place and your friend ispositivehe knows a great bar uptown. (Hint: It doesn’t exist.)
38. Leave Your Wallet at Home
Before you startdrinking, decide how much money you’ll spend. Leave the house with nothing but cash, some ID, and a promise not to borrow money from your buddies. It’s amazing how easy it is sticking to a budget when there’s simply no extra money to spend!
40. Find Deals Online
are great money-saving sites. Figure out where you want to go out, plug in the info, and there’s a good chance there are some group specials going on. Foursquare isto give discounts to people who use MasterCard; just make sure the card is processed as a credit card, not a debit card.
41. Avoid Cover Charges
“Oh, so you want me to give you money for the right to buy things from you?” No, thanks! Covers quickly add up, and whileonemight be a forgivable splurge, don’t make it a habit.
42. Order the House Alcohol
whiskeyand Coke,”than a “Jack and Coke,” and the same goes for mostdrinks. Similarly, it’s always cheaper to order beer on tap instead of the bottled stuff.
44. Drink the Good Stuff First
There’s nothing wrong with having a refined palate. If you like more expensive beer, go ahead! But as we all know, the drunker we get, the duller our senses become — and there’s no point in shelling out for expensive, nuanced flavors that will barely register in your drunken mouth. Fancier drinks are fine early on, but they’re simply a waste of money once you’re tipsy.
45. Be a Designated Driver
If drinking is secondary to the pleasure of socializing with loved ones, volunteer as the designated driver. It’ll save on taxis and alcohol, plus your friends will probably want to buy you some drinks or food as a thank you.
46. Track Your Drinks
Mark on a napkin how many drinks you’ve slammed throughout the night. This will keep you ever-mindful of how much you’ve had, how much you’ve spent, and how close you probably are to blacking out. The numbers don’t lie!
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