Living frugally is smart living. Here are ways that you can save time and money in Raleigh, North Carolina in fun and affordable ways.
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In small country towns, you do not have to lock into a contract for a gym membership. Fitness centers in Raleigh, North Carolina are expensive to join, and once you are in it is extremely difficult to get out unless you have a medical condition or are moving to a place where their gym is not within a certain amount of miles. You can save money by working out at home. Go to Walmart, Best Buy, Target, (or any place that sells work out DVDs), clear out some space in your living room, and get to work! Invite friends over to make your workout session more fun. They can also make sure you don’t fast forward the difficult segments of the video. You can also jog, walk, or run with a friend at a local park or around your neighborhood. Write down a strict schedule you can follow for the best results.
Search the free section for Raleigh’s Craigslist to find items people in the area want to give away for free. This is a great way to save tons of money on something you may need now or later on down the road. You never know what may be listed. Items I have seen are televisions, moving boxes, cat litter, firewood, dishwashers, furniture, clothes, diapers, and more. I put a pair of new shoelaces on the free section one time, and I was surprised people needed them. It worked out perfect because I was able to give them to a guy who was going to workout at the gym the same time I was.
I am in love with consignment stores because I find unique items no one else has, vintage dresses at extremely affordable prices, and old furniture I can decorate to make look brand spanking new.
Parents should consider browsing consignment stores when their children are begging for designer or brand name clothing they can’t afford to pay the retail price for. Consignment stores are also a great place for college students to hit up when looking for costumes for theme parties or Halloween.
S. Saunders Street (US 70-401) off exit 298A near Carolina Pines Avenue has unbeatable gas prices. Going from the Sam’s Club towards the Walmart is where you will find gas prices that are up to 30 cents cheaper than the rest of the city.
Commuting Around Town
Avoid driving in traffic, feeding parking meters, and putting expensive gas in your car by hopping on the Capital Area Tranit (CAT). Children 12 and under ride free while the costs for adults are 1.00 for a single trip, 2.00 for a day pass, 5-day pass $8.50. College students pay discounted fares for services. Riding the CAT can be a fun experience. The bus is normally filled with a diverse range of people, and you may also discover new routes for driving around town.
Raleigh Flea Market
More than 600 vendors set up on Saturdays and Sundays on Blue Ridge for the Raleigh Flea Market. This is a great place to save money on jewelry, collectibles, electronics, handmade crafts, furniture, and many more goodies. The Raleigh Flea market has the largest selection of antiques in North Carolina. Admission and parking are free.
“I’m a broke college student” is a phrase you will hear a lot in the Raleigh-Durham area. Instead of buying your own alcohol for every party, you and your friends should all split the price of a case of beer. Buy used books instead of new books. Carpool, ride the bus, or walk to your classes. Take your notes on your laptop instead of buying new notebooks each semester. Take advantage of using student ID at restaurants and stores around town.
Going to the movies
Carmike Blue Ridge 14 Cinema has the cheapest movies in town. You can watch movies at this cinema for only $1.50. The cinema is located on Blue Ridge Road.
At the Farmer’s Market you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables cheaper than you can at the grocery store. You are also supporting local farmers which is a great way to go green.
Capital Area Transit
Raleigh Flea Market