MW University // October 21, 2013

It’s Friday. You’re invited to San Diego for a weekend getaway with your girls. Super excited, you immediately begin planning your wardrobe. You go online to check your account balance. Oh, that’s right. You’re in college and you’re low on funds. Womp.

Instead of being too sad that you have to pass on this quick trip, why not try some other inexpensive ways to have fun? Besides, your friends will appreciate the money they will save.

So, what is a fun-loving girl to do with a restrictive budget? Don’t worry, we have a few solutions for all you Made Women out there who are looking for the best bargain activities.


Groupon can be your saving grace. It has hundreds of discounts and deals that will enable you to take trips and try new activities without draining your bank account. If you’re new to this ingenious resource, you simply type in your city, and it will offer you discounts on everything from restaurants and hotels to sky diving! So don’t fret, there’s hope for those of us who wish to go out on the weekends, but cannot afford something extravagant.


Turn up that Macklemore, and engage in one of the trendiest activities as of late: thrifting. You may be weary of  purchasing clothes that have past owners, but you’d be surprised at the pieces that you can find at your local Goodwill. $20 designer jeans? Yes please!! And of course, not everything you see at secondhand stores are gems, but that can make the experience even more fun! Try on the most outrageous outfit you can find!

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Instead of paying for pricey yoga sessions and fitness classes, I suggest a bike ride or hike! Depending on where you live, you may be limited by the season. But that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the snow-covered ground and go sledding, or enjoy a nice day by the pool in the triple-digit heat! Create your own free workout!

Google to the Rescue

When in doubt, do a simple Google search and see if there are any free concerts or museum days coming up in your area. I know I’ve had success in discovering free outdoor concerts during the summer by simply searching the topic. There are also numerous websites devoted to 50 free things to do in (insert your city here). I have always found that a little Google research beforehand can only expand your activity options! Besides, let’s face it: we already depend on Google.

These are only a few suggestions, but hopefully it shows that there are plenty of opportunities for women on tight budgets. Don’t let high prices threaten your ambition! You can always find a less expensive way to enjoy yourself.

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