How To Live Frugally in the Big City
There are plenty of great opportunities in big cities across the country. However, the rent can be astronomical. For instance, the average rent in San Francisco is $3,600 while even its neighboring city of Sacramento has an average rent exceeding $900 monthly.
You may wonder how anyone can live frugally in these areas, but the truth is there are plenty of ways to save money and live comfortably.
Find Free Entertainment
The great thing about big cities is that there are plenty of free entertainment options. From parks to museums, there are a number of ways to spend your time without spending a lot of money.
Walk or Use Public Transportation
Spending money on Ubers and taxis to get around can cost a lot of money over time. If your destination is not too far away, then consider walking. Taking the bus or subway only costs a dollar or two, and you will be doing your part for the environment.
Have Your Hobbies Bring in Side Income
No matter what your hobby is, there may be a way for you to make extra money off it. If you enjoy writing, then consider getting into freelance blogging. If you are more interested in photography or crafting, then there are a number of ways to earn money through side gigs.
Consider Going Out of Your Comfort Zone
You may want an apartment all to yourself, but you can save a lot of money if you live with a roommate. Additionally, you may like having a gym membership, but you can save over $100 a year by canceling it and finding other ways to work out.
There are likely plenty of jogging paths in your area, or you could try biking to work every morning.
Develop a Budgeting Plan
The goal to frugal living is to actually know where your money goes every month. You can save a lot of money by only spending cash when you go to the mall.
Once you know where your money goes to, you can identify where you cut back. If there are any subscriptions you do not really use, then cancel them before they start adding up.
There are plenty of ways to save money even if you live in a big city. You simply need to get creative, and saving even a little bit each month can add up over the course of a year.
Do not resign yourself to living paycheck to paycheck when you can live far more comfortably.
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Earning an income with internet marketing.
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