Broke? Me too.
Post by Taylor Cashdan
Its a regular thing, I feel like, that I reflect on my expenditures for the day/week/month and think WHY DID I SPEND SO MUCH ON NOTHING. Most of the time I try to justify my spending with “Oh, well at least I had fun” or “I needed that *insert name of object here* anyway, might as well have bought it now.”
During the time I don’t spend blowing my money, or doing school work, or working, I tend to waste time on the internet; more recently I’ve been wasting time on Pinterest. Today I’m going to share with you something I found that for us spenders will serve as a nice alternative to spending money and still having fun. This link is the source of my facts for this blog and might be a good read for you too.
Here, I will point out some of the things I thought sounded fun and/or doable.
Pick a favorite actor/actress
Get a few friends together and maybe some snacks, then choose an actor or actress and spend the afternoon perusing Netflix and Hulu watching movies that they’ve starred in. For me, the Batman movies never get old, or anything with Samuel L. Jackson in it. And before you say it, I know, you have to pay for Netflix. But…I’m sure one of you has a friend or relative that will let you “borrow” their account for one afternoon.
Find those gift cards
For whatever reason, my family seems to think that sending me gift cards is a good idea. Sounds sort of greedy and immature, but if you want to send me a gift (which is awesome and I’m thankful) at least ask me if I need anything, don’t just send a random gift card. BUT, here is where they come in handy: get some friends or do it alone, but search your drawers and wallets and purses for those plastic cash cards and go on a shopping spree, buy a fancy lunch, buy a nerf gun, whatever. Spend it, its just sitting there. Buy something stupid and enjoy feeling like a kid for a few hours. In the end, its not like you wasted your money.
Clean out your car
This one’s really for me, if anyone knows me and has ridden in my car they know I use the passenger side floor as a a makeshift trashcan–it’s currently littered with old school work and Bojangles bags. Take a few hours and clean it out. There’s no better way to make an impact on a girl or show your friends you care about your stuff than having a clean car.
Yup, that’s right, I said it. Whether you’ve made it to college yet or not, anyone below the age of 25 is lacking sleep (yeah its a made up statistic, but prove me wrong, I dare you). Spend the day in bed. Nap 7 times. Lounge around the house. Sit on the couch for 12 hours straight. Just relax.
The list says “Bus it: hop on a route you don’t normally take.” Yeah, maybe it sounds a little dangerous, but let’s be real, this is Raleigh. If you ride the Wolfline around for an hour with a friend and just window watch or chat the time away it could serve as a very valuable and enjoyable time waster. If you’re more of a solo act, then get lost. I don’t mean that sarcastically. I mean literally, just start walking. Walk streets you’ve never been down before. Go explore.
Search your house/apartment/dorm/attic for craigslist-able items
Everyone’s got those items that they know just sit and collect dust. You’d be surprised how many of these items other people would love to have. Put the crap on craigslist, who knows, maybe you can even turn a profit!
I suggest you checkout the list, or even create a list of your own. Either way, I hope this was a decent read for you and 1. gave you some ideas or 2. kept you off ebay long enough not to spend those bucks you know you shouldn’t.