A nurse’s top tips for pinching your pennies



No matter how tight money is, you have to make time for some fun in your life—and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Find bargains and free events through the Internet: One place to look is the Cities on the Cheap network. The site not only lists deals, but has a page where it lists the many cities in the United States and Canada that have a local “on the cheap” site. There, you can find great deals for fun and entertainment in your area or in cities where you plan to travel. You can also check out bulletin boards and ask other people, particularly parents, if they know of anything going on that’s affordable or, even better, free.

If you don’t have access to the Internet at home, check for locations that may provide free access, such as local libraries. Do a search for your area with the words “cheap events” or “free events.”

Use the library: With the advent of online information, the library is becoming a forgotten place, but it remains a treasure. Borrow books, DVDs, even CDs to listen to. Take the time to visit a library, relax, read a good magazine—it may become your favorite part of the week. Some communities have toy libraries for children; see if your community has one.

Walk or cycle: Walking and cycling to as many places as possible not only saves you money, but helps keep you in shape. The better shape you’re in, the more likely you are to feel better about life in general. Plus, who needs to join an expensive gym or buy pricey equipment if a pair of walking shoes can do the trick?

We all have tips on how to save a dollar or two. Do you have any to share with your colleagues?

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