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Monday, August 28, 2006

Expensive things to do...

This week: Expensive things to do that are usually not fun.

It's an alternate to last week's post. So, here we go:

1. Popular concerts/ballets/plays: Usually, tickets for these things can be from the low end of $40 or so, to an astronomically high $150. Simple way to save money: Don't go. I'm sure it's popular for a reason and all, but with that money, you could do tons of other stuff that's necessary or much more fun. I've done it a few times, I'll admit, but I usually end up regretting it later.

2. Vacations: I think vacationing is great, but seriously, people spend WAY too much money on them sometimes. Granted, going overseas will usually cost much more than domestic vacationing and may actually be worth it. You're bound to see wonderful things, and then terribly miss home about 3 days into the whole thing. I guess this one's up to personal preference, but I prefer weekend getaways as opposed to full-fledged vacationing. Plan a ton of mini-vacations at around 100 bucks a pop throughout the year, and I guarantee you will enjoy yourself much more, and probably spend less money.

3. Amusement parks: tons of fun, but I've already mentioned in a previous post on how they can be nightmares that you pay tons of money on.

4. Limo rides: You could rent a pretty impressive car for about the price of a limo ride, only, you get to drive the car/truck, and impress friends/family/coworkers/business partners if that's your motivation. Obviously, if you're a horrible driver or don't have a license, then hire someone to drive.

5. Eating out daily: Cook your own food! If you don't know how...learn to do it. It's quite simple, and there are tons of recipe sites all over the internet. If you eat out EVERY DAY of the week, try cutting out 3 or 4 of those days, and cook something at home, or bring a sack lunch to work. You'll be surprised at how much money you save. This is a pretty basic financial realization that many big-name finance gurus talk about. Consider if you spend 10 bucks a day eating out...You've wasted over 3,000 bucks in a year on food that's usually bad for you. $70 a week! That much money could feed me for 3 weeks if I bought food to cook.

6. Cable/Satellite TV service: Way too expensive. YouTube.com can entertain most people on demand, and it's free. If there are only a couple shows you follow, rent the season's dvds when they come out for a fraction of one month's bill. Plus, no commercials!

These are just a few ideas from the top of my head. I'm sure there are many other little money-wasters out there that are just weighing us all down. The first step is to identify and analyze them. Try thinking up something yourself, you may surprise yourself.

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