Plan it out.
Now I am not suggesting you plan every detail of your life out, hardly. But especially with travel it's very helpful to plan things ahead of time. Book a hotel online (we did this when we traveled to Amsterdam and Paris). Buy museum passes ahead of time. Etc.
We try to not eat out.
When we do go out to eat we have a coupon.
We use sites like Groupon, but my favorite is Scout Mob. That's because you don't have to purchase anything ahead of time. If you use it, you use it. If you don't, no sweat.
Or, we even eat before. Like last Friday, we ate before and then split an appetizer. And we try to not order drinks out. They are always so expensive anyway.
We have a savings pad.
When I fell rock climbing we thankfully had a 6 months of living expenses saved. And thank God, we needed it.
We have some “safe money” in case something bad financially or emergency happens so we can be prepared.
We make lists.
What DO we want to do. We love music, travel and so we know that we can try and save we can do these things.
Basically, we try to not spend money when we don't need to.
Sometimes, it's tough. I get mad. I want what I want.
But in the end, I ‘m grateful we don't spend on frivolous things and save for meaningful things.
Meaning, it pays to be cheap.
How do you keep it cheap?