Tight pocketbook=amazing summer of fun. Having a tighter budget sometimes proves to having more exciting and adventurous experiences. This was the first summer my boyfriend and I were living in the city together (yea!), so I wanted to make it something special. After having an amazing road trip and adventure out west earlier this summer, our funds for more experiences under the summer sun was running low. This allowed for: fun filled picnics on the dog beach with my love and my little furry love, free yoga classes in Millennium Park with old friends (sun salutations among skyscrapers is invigorating), champagne dinners at home, champagne happy hour dates (followed by dinners at home) with new(er) and cherished friends, discovering my city's history with coupon tickets to the Chicago History Museum with that same old awesome friend, pretending I'm Katniss Everdeen with discounted archery lessons with my sister for her birthday, perusing the natural prairie landscape of Illinois in the heart of the city in Lurie Garden, finally using those tickets I received as a birthday present from one of my good friends to see one of my idols, Katy Perry (thank you thank you thank you Vicki!!), and winning tickets to a music festival (I literally hugged the woman who presented the tickets to me).
My boyfriend and I were so fortunate to win those tickets to North Coast Music Festival; we were able to close the summer on a bang by seeing some of our most favorite musical groups in a hot, sweaty group of hundreds of other people. Including Snoop-a-loop!
Point being, don't let low funds stop you from having fun. Explore your city! Find those free days, scour those websites for the best deal, find your favorite restaurant recipe and make it at home for half the price. (Side Note: Yellow Tail makes a decent sparkling rose that has a re-sealable cap (what!) and a bottle is less than $10! It was my best kept secret this summer.) Enjoy your time, seize every moment; you deserve it.