11 Ways To Live The Champagne Life On Lemonade Money This Summer
Who cares if your bank balance is £3.57? Apparently not you. Summer’s so close, you can almost taste the Champagne *cough* Prosecco and somehow, you’ve already agreed to 3 holidays, 5 festivals and to go travelling around South East Asia … Uhmm.
Realistically, you might have to cancel some plans (Asia? Maybe next year) but fear not, the good life can still be yours with these financing life hacks.
1. PAY FOR FESTIVALS IN INSTALMENTS
As much as we’d like to think that dancing next to glittery humans in a field for a weekend IS our priority, life often likes to remind us that it isn’t. Rent, bills, that stupid parking fine you’ve been avoiding – it can be murder on your bank account/social life.
Festivals usually don’t come cheap but (don’t put away your wellies just yet) most festivals now offer affordable payment plans, meaning you won’t have to live off water and molecules for the rest of the month trying to afford expenny festival tickets. There is a God!
2. BOOK EVERYTHING YOURSELF/SEPARATELY
Package deals and Travel agents are like the hot man winking at you from across the room … entices you in, then you find out he’s married.
Basically, they save us zero pounds (erm, hello agency fees.)
However, rumour has it you can spend half as much by a bit D.I.Y so, more money for cocktails!
3. BRING BACK THE PIGGY BANK
YES, they still exist – and you should get one!
That is if you can resist smashing the bloody thing for Vodka money every Saturday night. Chuck in any loose change you find, or even a percentage of your wage on pay day.
Hoy in a fiver every time you text your ex?
There’s some serious coin to be stashed away here, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it…
4. USE CASHBACK SITES FOR EVERYTHING
So, at first yeah, this screams effort or middle-aged but you my friend, would be mistaken.
Handy apps such as TopCashback (as well as being a cringy advert) give you a small percentage of cash back when buying pretty much anything and everything.
Train tickets? Your food shop? Your new summer wardrobe? You name it. You’ll be surprised at what brands you can get cashback with, and you know what they say, every little helps.
5. GET SMART WITH YOUR INTERNET SHOPPING
Following on from Cashback, download an internet extension such as Honey, which automatically checks for coupon codes at checkout on thousands of websites.
You can also even earn money…
6. Don't Waste Money on dates
So, we all know being single in the summer is amazing. Holidays with the girls, flirting in the sun, the freedom to hop on a flight or train anywhere with no-one to check in with. But, if you do fancy a cheeky summer romance then use Badoo to video date first so you don't waste any dollar on first dates without knowing there's a spark there already (or that their smile actually is as cute as their profile pic suggests).
7. USE THINGS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Scrolling through shopping apps on your lunch break, only to add everything to your Wishlist because there’s no offers on (and £5 delivery, are they having a laugh?)
Stop that and switch apps – to Instagram.
Over there, influencers and bloggers offer endless amounts of fashion envy, life envy, every type of envy you can think of but, they also offer something else. Discount codes!
Also, a one-time payment of about 7 quid for annual next day delivery? Not a bad shout.
8. DEPOP IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Oh, that Bralette you spied on Missguided? It’s £30, but you’re already picturing yourself in it somewhere hot. Before you press ‘checkout’, have a look on Depop and see if anyone else is selling it for (sometimes) a fraction of the price.
Us girls are all the same when it comes to wearing an outfit once (ugh hello! Being photographed twice in the same outfit will ruin our Insta feeds) so items are pretty much brand new.
9. LEAVE YOUR CARD AT HOME
We’ve all been there. Three bevs in and you find yourself buying everyone in the bar a drink and a Subway for a homeless man and his dog (literally!) Unfortunately, sober you isn’t as well-off as drunk you would like to think.
Damn it. Is it too late to ask for a refund?
The easy solution to this problem is setting yourself a budget by taking only cash out … just remember to keep some separate for the essentials, like a taxi and your end-of-night kebab.
10. SELL EVERYTHING – EVEN YOUR SOUL
Like duh! This might seem a no brainer but I bet we’re all culprit of either never getting round to it or thinking no one will buy our stuff.
“What’s one man’s junk is another man’s gold,” that’s the saying, isn’t it?
A good rule to go by is that if you haven’t used it in the last 3-6 months then it’s probably just collecting dust and could be turned into Sangria money!
11. SWAP CLOTHES WITH YOUR FRIENDS
No joy selling? Swap stuff instead.
Over the years we collect a stupid number of bikinis, jewellery and kimonos.
The amount of our “I’ve only wore this once” dresses is embarrassing but, what’s old news to us is a whole new outfit for your pals (vice versa) and it would cost everyone nothing.
And if you’re still not living the champagne life after all that, then get on Badoo and try to bag yourself a footballer...