There’s one place where natural introverts have an advantage: they prefer the cozy, solitary life at home. Perhaps we can all take a lesson from introverts, or anybody else whose lifestyle is conveniently tailored to low-cost living.


For one thing, technology has already wiped out a huge chunk of your spending budget. The Internet is a place to do all your reading, music listening, movie viewing, and game-playing all-in-one. As expensive as modern life feels now, consider that just a couple decades ago you had to spend far more to experience less. You can find any song on YouTube now. You don’t need a stereo or fifty albums in a collection, and you consume less electricity too. Come to that, most of us don’t need to be told to spend more time on the Internet.


Chances are that anybody reading this could use some more activity. This doesn’t mean getting a gym membership or buying an expensive home treadmill. Even a jog around the block, a few reps of free weights, or doing the household chores you need to do anyway is sufficient.


Free places to go

You don’t have to be a shut-in just because you’re not spending money. Look into these local options around town:

• Rediscover your public library – Today’s library has more to offer than just books. There’s Internet access, audio and video rental, and likely a few activity programs too.
• Check out local parks and bike trails – This falls in with that exercise suggestion earlier.
• Volunteer – Doing community volunteer work looks good on your resume and bumps up your spirits knowing you did something worthwhile. You broaden your horizons and think about life in a different way. You make new friends with other volunteers. You get to experience little adventures.
• Join clubs and interest groups – A large enough city can support all kinds of meeting places for groups around a hobby or interest. Chances are there’s a board game group around town or a gardening club that meets monthly. This is another great opportunity to socialize.

Cook at home

You have to eat anyway, and you want to save money. Practice your cooking skills and search out some budget recipes. You can always prepare something for later, such as planning out your meals to take to work for the next week, or canning preserves for later.

Pursue an online degree

Your free time could be put towards widening your future career path, and then when that cashes in, you will have more money to spend anyway. There’s a huge variety of accredited universities out there offering free courses through online textbooks and video lectures, complete with remote testing. Lacking that, you could always take some time to develop a skill you’ve always wanted, or pick up certification in something minor just to say you have it. Most guides put “read more” here, but this is about reading with a purpose.