By Daniela Johnson
There’s no getting around it: city living is expensive, and living in Chicago is no exception. While it may not be as pricey as some other cities in the U.S., it’s still costly to call the Windy City home, and daily expenses can add up quickly. To help you out, here are a few easy ways to save money while living in Chicago.
Walk, Bike, or Use Public Transportation
Transportation is often a significant cost for city-dwellers. One way to save money is to walk or bike whenever you can. As an added benefit, you’ll be getting a workout on your way to your destination. If your destination is too far to get to by two feet, use public transportation. Living in your PPM apartment makes it easy since many of the main lines are easily accessible from your building.
Make a Budget and Stick To It
Making a budget is one of the most important ways to save money while living in Chicago. Without a budget, it’s a lot easier to overspend on accident. Keeping track of where your money is going is crucial to successful saving. Set a monthly or weekly budget, and make sure to stick to it. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment if you’re successful at it, and you’ll likely have some extra money to put into savings.
Eat In and Go Meatless
Eating in is an easy way to save some money, but you can take it a step further by forgoing meat once or twice a week. Meat tends to be the most expensive part of any meal, so skipping it will help save cash in the long run. There are plenty of vegetarian dishes that are hearty and full of protein, so you won’t miss the meat that much.
Look For Deals
You don’t have to spend all your money to have fun in Chicago. There are always free events of going on, and there are museums that don’t charge an entrance fee as well. When the weather’s nice, you can enjoy any of the city’s free parks and bike paths. When you do want to go out, look for deals at local restaurants. Happy hour is always a good idea. Limit yourself to spending money only on special occasions, or even just to once a week, and try to spend the rest of your free time doing things that don’t cost a lot.