From the Broke Files

24 Jun

By Sara Downey
Blogger of meanest look

Budgeting is not my strong suit. Saving is not my strong suit. Spending is. But this economic reality demands that I watch my pennies. As a result, I’ve gotten good at a few things.

Bargain shopping– like so many of the ladies, and honorary ladies, I la la love to shop. Especially for housewares or clothes. Shoes piss me off. Mostly because I think of them as little orphaned pets in a rescue and I can’t take them all home. So I feel about shoes the same way I feel about puppies and kittens-screw ’em, if I can’t have them all, then I don’t want to visit the pound.

Even at the most wallet-friendly stores, shopping can add up. This is not groundbreaking knowledge, people, just facts. And if you throw my new “I must have it if it says it’s green” compulsion in the mix, then my shit will be broke in no time flat. My solution? Thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales for those oh so green and oh so cute vintage pieces that make my house a home.

And for my clothes addiction? “You just have to look for the sales,” says Maria, a fellow shopper who does wonders with her budgeting.

This is no joke. Maria finds the sales that make me weak in the knees. Seriously, I’ve never seen someone who can sniff out a clearance item- that actually fits – at Anthropologie like Maria.

Happy Hours– I really enjoy driniking. Not in a worried that I’m an alcoholic way, but just in the mojitos on a summer afternoon FTW sort of way.

But 8 dollar mojitos can suck my wallet dry as I wet my whistle. My bottom line is a little thing called “drink specials!”

If you’re a lady, you already know about the disgusting practice known as Ladies’ Night where bars pour us weak drinks and use us as lure for sex starved rejects from Jersey Shore. Ahhh Ladies’ Night.

At many gay clubs there’s one better called “free drinks from 9-10” where the idea is to get the kids there, lube them up with free booze and start the dance party early. It works and is awesome. Although, I’m not gonna lie, I don’t dance before that last free drink at 10. Budgeting.

My favorite of all drink specials is happy hour. Late night or after work, happy hours are the best. Cheap food, cheap drinks and a perfectly acceptable way to order two drinks at the same time to beat the clock. Hell, one place in Denver even brings you both drinks on their 2 for 1 menu at the same time whether you want them to or not.

Free Events– Related to drinking cheaply, there is one way to entertain yourself without spending a dime: free shit!

And here’s the real treat, there are free events on a daily basis if your city is big enough. For example in Denver, there is pretty much always something to do that won’t cost a dime. Everything from free days at the zoo to art gallery openings, guarantee free entertainment. Summer seems to be the season for the most free entertainment with events like movies in the park, and free days at national parks.

The biggest score in Denver is the little known Fresh City Life put on by Denver Public Library. They have a singles club, writing workshops, movie nights, and crafting events all for free all the time.

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5 Responses to “From the Broke Files”

  1. Dulce June 24, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Thank you so much for this article. It came at the perfect time. Just FYI, yelp.com has a huge “events” section on their site and it is usually a good way to find free or cheap activities around Denver as well.

  2. theVar June 24, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    I had no clue about yelp.com’s events section, Dulce. Thanks for the heads up. I can’t speak for Sara, but the blenis and I will be all up on it.

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