Until that time though I am on a very very VERY tight budget. Seriously y'all, I know this is going to be one of the best trips of my entire life but until that time it is really breaking the bank.
Thankfully, my roommate Jenny is coming too so we usually we can keep each other one track. Well except for last night. Here was our conversation:
Me: "Ok should I make a pasta dish, have a salad, make a sandwich or pretend like I'm in college and eat ramen noodles?"
Jenny: "Make a salad and eat pasta."
She then follows me into the kitchen and says, "You now I really want to go out to eat, I mean it is Fat Tuesday."
Me: "But we're saving money!!!"
Jenny: "True, but I really want it."
Me: Ponders that statement for a moment, "Ok fine, lets go."
So yeah. That happened. (I also may have given into Sonic's $1 hotdogs on President's Day.)
Our trip has to be paid in full by May 8th. So until then, I've been trying to come up with ways to keep myself occupied so I'm not tempted to spend money.
Here is what I've come up with:
-Movie/TV marathons at home. The cable package we have comes with a ton of extra On Demand movies and TV Shows, plus Jenny has Amazon Prime. So there are a ton of things we can watch.
-Go to the library. I've had a library card in both major cities I've lived in, Orlando and Houston. And they are lifesavers when you're trying to save money. Not only can you check out books from libraries but they usually have a pretty decent selection of movies too. Plus there is nothing quite like browsing through the selves of a library.
-Cook at home. Thank you Pinterest.
-Clean house. As strange as it sounds, keeping your house clean is a great way to spend no money. Plus you're in clean environment.
-Explore my neighborhood. I haven't done this personally but I've thought about it.
-Find new blogs to read. This is one of my favorite things to do. And you can literally spend hours doing it. FOR FREE!!! (Well unless you count paying for the internet, then I guess it's not technically "free")
-Pinterest. Again pretty obvious. I don't know about y'all but this keeps me entertained for HOURS!
-Lay in bed all day long and be completely lazy. Which is my personal favorite and is basically what I do most weekends.
It's been a real struggle but again, it will be totally 100% worth it when I am strolling the streets of London, Paris, Amsterdam, Lucerne, Verona, Venice, and Rome! :)
Do y'all have any suggestions on ways to save money? Or fun things to do that don't cost any money? You're input would be greatly appreciated!