Insider tips in GlobetrotterGirls at Pepo - Aug 17 2017, 10.26.08 PM UTC
***Money Saving Tips***

People often ask me how I can afford to travel so much, despite living in one of the world’s most expensive cities.

I’ve put together a list of my top money saving tips for you – and if you have any to add that I didn’t include, feel free to share them in the comments 😊

1. I don’t pay for cable. I only have a $7.99 Netflix subscription.
2. I don’t have a phone plan. I only have a $30 monthly pay-as-you-go SIM card (less than half of what regular phone plans cost!)
3. I use coupons whenever I can (CVS, Walgreens, Groupon for meals)
4. I don’t spend money on fancy hair cuts or / and manicures. I do my nails myself and get my hair cut in cheap neighborhoods in Brooklyn, instead of expensive hair salons.
5. I don’t go out for lunch or waste $13 on mediocre salads in the popular salad bars in New York. Instead, I pack a lunch.
6. I only buy clothes on sale, never pay full price. That said: I only buy what I really need, I don’t go shopping very often. I also don't get the latest gadgets - I still use my iPhone 5s, my laptop is three years old, I don't have a fancy mirror less camera (even though I want one!) and I don't have a Fitbit (even though I want one). I also don't have a tablet, an amazon echo, or other stuff like that. Not even a TV ‼️
7. I use an app (Cups) for coffee shops – It gives me 15% off per cup. This adds up! I also only order regular coffee or café au lait, never overpriced lattes / cappuccinos / flat whites.
8. I don’t have an apartment, I usually sublet a room, which is less than half the price of an apartment in NYC.
9. I don’t go out a lot, and if I do, I take advantage of Happy Hours.
10. I never take Ubers/Lyfts/ Yellow Cabs – I have a monthly subway card which gets me everywhere I need to go, at any time of day. Or I use my bike.

All of the above things make me spend around $1,000 less every month than my friends spend in NYC.

***I also have found several ways to make an income on the side, which I’ll share in an upcoming post***
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