If you forgot your wallet at home, could you survive the day without money? If you’re looking to save cash this new year, plan 1-3 days per week when you won’t spend a dime. Sound impossible?
Here’s a step-by-step guide for spending a day without spending money.
Consider alternative transportation to work
If you shell out cash to park or are spending too much on gas, research alternative transportation. Taking the bus or train, riding your bike, or walking to work will save you money and eliminate a frustrating commute from your daily routine. So start your day out by travelling on the cheap.
Bring your lunch
Avoid opening your wallet by bringing your lunch from home. Not only does brown bagging it save dollars, but you’ll have more time to enjoy your meal if you don’t have to leave the office to pick up a sandwich.
Host a dinner
Instead of socializing over happy hour or a dinner out, eat in. Invite a friend to catch up over dinner at your place. Can’t cook? Even the most helpless chef can boil pasta. If luck is on your side, your guest will bring wine, and you’ll enjoy a meal and a cocktail without shelling out for the tab.
Watch a free movie
Conclude your thrifty day with a movie. You can either check out Hulu, Netflix, or YouTube for films, or stop by your local library to rent a DVD, all for free!
See, painless, right? Now that you’ve gone a full day without spending a dime, try to make it two in a row.
What are your tricks for scoring freebies or avoiding daily spending? Tell me in the comments or tweet me!