Always bring some cash.
Don’t get stuck with the gas bill.
- If you tote your friends around town in your car, ask them to give you gas money.
- If you are that friend, offer the driver money. Fair’s fair.
Find ways to decrease what you spend.
- Look for coupons for the restaurants or activities you enjoy. Ask for their specials.
- Rent your video games versus buying them. Video rental kiosks offer a great alternative.
Search for ways to increase your money.
- Some video game retailers offer to buy back used games for store credit.
- If your parents pay for your school lunches, ask if they will give you the cash instead. Then brown bag it and pocket the money!
- Ask your parents if you can do additional chores around the house for extra allowance money.
- Ask your neighbors if they will hire you for yard work or babysitting.
Suggest that your friends try some less expensive options.
- Instead of going out to eat for a full meal, get something lighter and cheaper like dessert or smoothies or split an appetizer.
- Check out the free activities in your community (concerts, city parks, museums, etc.).
- Play sports outside or go to the beach.
- Volunteer together for community projects—not only are you spending time together, but you’re helping others at the same time.
* 2013 figures from Pollstar Magazine.