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Save and Boost Your Lifestyle on a Budget

by Justine Crowley (follow)
Independent Business Consultant, Doctor, HubGarden Editor and Author/Publisher of four self help books: www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JustineCrowley

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Group buying sites are also a great way to save money and boost your lifestyle on a budget

There are many ways to enjoy life without busting the bank. There is no need to fly first class. In fact, you can be much happier flying economy on holidays than flying business or first class. Your wallet will thank you for it too. Below are some top ways to boost your lifestyle on a budget.

1. Loyalty programs and rewards points

Only great if you are purchasing items that you actually need, and treating yourself when certain items are fairly inexpensive and on sale. Save up your points for freebies. Use those reward points to upgrade to business class when travelling when only paying an economy fare. That way you are boosting your lifestyle for no extra charge.

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Rewards points and loyalty programs

2. Only buy items on when sale and at VIP events

Retailers have had a tough few months, and this is good news for those of you in the market for some more beauty products, clothes and accessories. From time to time many retailers offer VIP shopping nights with free bubbly and canapes, in tandem with fairly generous discounts for shopping on the night. If you're lucky you might receive a goodie bag to take home. David Jones recently hosted a girls night out event with special deals for their cardholders, however even if you aren't a David Jones cardholder, you would have enjoyed the Baileys, Champagne and Canapes on the house if you visited (and ideally made a purchase) at David Jones on that particular night. Clearance sales also enable you to nab some great bargains without the need to negotiate; hence paying way less for the odd retail treat and for things you actually need. MasterCard cardholders (credit or debit) can also register for Priceless in their city, where they get early buying rights to themed events of a similar nature, designed as lifestyle boosters.

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Great value can be found in those bargain bins at sale time, even at major department stores.

3. Sell before buying

Have a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes you have not worn, yet want another pair? Sell that unworn pair of Jummy Choo's on eBay or similar, and use that money to buy the pair you actually want right now, without getting into debt.

4. Special movie nights and free events

For the ladies, the Chicks at the Flicks events are a great way to see the advanced screenings of up and coming films once a month for the price of a normal movie ticket with a small premium. At these events, be spoilt with a few canapes before the session starts, and walk away with a goodie bag full of quality beauty products with something to eat and drink, saving you the need to not pay a premium for similar food and drinks at the candy bar. Every city has some free annual festivals including the New Years Eve fireworks, and free concerts in every capital city on Australia Day to name. Have fun without the need to spend any or hardly any money.

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Going to the movies is a great way to boost your lifestyle in different ways.

5. More ways to boost your lifestyle for free

Walk in nature, attend a free wine tasting or go to your city's art gallery. Walk by the water. Free yoga classes are also held at lululemon athletica stores. These activities are simple, yet make many people prosperous.

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Free events such as Vivid Sydney also boost your lifestyle on a budget.
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