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5 Types of Friends Who Always Secretly Help Us Save Money

5 Types of Friends Who Always Secretly Help Us Save Money

It’s true when they say you are heavily influenced by the people around you. The question is, can this influence help you save money? Your friends’ unique personalities may actually be helping you save money without you even realizing it! Their different ideas of what a good time is, their standards, and their sincere giving nature are inadvertently keeping your bank balance at constant numbers. Below are five types of friends that help us save money without us even noticing it.

1. The Fashion Guru

This friend is your standard shopping partner. Vogue is their bible. You know you have to take them along with you whenever you need to do serious shopping. Because of their vast knowledge of fashion, they are insistent on perfection. When you pick something out, they make sure it’s absolutely perfect. Otherwise, it goes back on the rack. They help you pick out things that are trendy and of the highest quality. The fact that things rarely if ever meet their standards not only helps you save money, but also helps you have the best wardrobe.

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2. The Homebird

This friend is constantly inviting you over to their house to hang out. If you suggest going out to dinner or a movie, this friend insists that watching the movie at home and eating take-out is a better option and it almost always is. They cook the best dinners and have the best movies on demand –  it almost seems pointless to leave the house. Spending nights in every other weekend is subtly helping you save the money you’d be spending if you were to go to dinner and a movie. There’s nothing better than chilling at home in your pajamas. snacking on junk food.

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3. The Parental Figure

This friend is the most reliable one you have. They are always there to bail you out of any trouble you have gotten yourself into and they are always there with a shoulder to cry on. Taking this friend anywhere is like taking a parent along. They know all the places that have the best deals and specials. They also question the retail decisions you make by asking you if you really need what you’re about to blindly spend your money on, saving you from unnecessary expenses on things you’ll never really use anyway. This friend has helped you avoid becoming a hoarder and for that you’re forever grateful.

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4. The Loaner

This friend has been through almost everything you have and is basically your spirit animal, so whatever you need they already have. In short, this friend owns everything you need to buy. When you tell them you need to make a purchase they insist that you just borrow theirs, which you accept. They give you anything and everything you need and at times forget to take it back so it sits in your house as a constant reminder of what a great friend you have.

5. The Working One

This friend is constantly floating from one job to another. This is good for you because you are constantly benefiting from the perks of their job, be it free drinks at a bar or their store discount card. The fact that this friend moves from one job to another within a month means you are getting a wide variety of freebies from all the different jobs. You find yourself spending a lot less money than you would’ve had you actually paid for the things you’ve benefited from. You envy your friend for all the free things they get, but you’re glad you have them in your life – not just for the free stuff but because they are willing to share.

Featured photo credit: Best friends enjoying time together outdoors with smartphone – Concept of new technology with two girlfriends having fun on a vintage wood bench and red pillows via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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1. Visit a strawberry festival

Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

2. Have a picnic

Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

3. Camp in your back yard

    The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

    4. Take long walks

    Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

    5. Break a world record

    Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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    6. Go on a bike ride

    The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

    7. Join a gym class

      The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

      8. Find a new hobby

      The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

      9. Join a sports team

      Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

      10. Make a slip ‘n slide

        Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

        11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

        Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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        12. Visit a free festival

        Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

        13. Visit the zoo

          Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

          14. Take a road trip

          Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

          15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

            Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

            16. Make your own ice cream

            Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

            17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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              When was the last time you invited your neighbors over? Do you even know them? Now’s your chance. Just ask each person to bring a food item so costs don’t mount up for you.

              18. Get a summer job

              For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

              19. Attend a charity event

              Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

              20. Visit a national park

              National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

              21. Visit your local comedy club

                Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                22. Make your own hammock

                  Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                  23. Read in your new hammock

                  Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                  24. Watch a movie outside

                  Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                  25. Take a hike

                    Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                    26. Learn how to fly a kite

                    As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                    27. Work out at the park

                    American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                    28. Take your dog to the beach

                      One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                      29. Make a summer smoothie

                      Healthy, delicious and perfect for the summer. Not only that, there are countless recipes ready for you to try.

                      30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

                      No experience needed and all skill levels are welcome. Take yourself and a buddy down to the beach and try some yoga. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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