The Jerkalicious Way To Save Money in Expensive Cities

Posted: April 16, 2009 by Jessie Assimon in Uncategorized
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ave money at this tourist hot spot and climb the tower instead of taking the elevator.

Save money at this tourist hot spot and climb the tower instead of taking the elevator.

When it came to traveling to Paris, all anyone told me was how expensive everything was. “You won’t be able to find a meal for less than 35 euros per person,” one friend said.

“If you search really hard, maybe you’ll find dinner for 20 euros, although, that’s only if you look really, really hard,” someone else told me. So, I appropriately expected the amount of money in my bank account to decrease significantly during my trip to Paris, this past long Easter weekend. Fortunately for me though, this was not the case. Hallelujah!

Here are my fool proof tips for barely spending any money in one of the most expensive cities: 

1)    Book a hostel/hotel a little ways out of the center of the city. This is because if you choose to eat dinner by your hotel (like I did), the cost of the meal will be a better friend to your budget. I had a delicious Italian dinner for less than 15 euros.

I took this picture of the Palace of Versailles with one hand. The other hand was holding a four euro ham and cheese baguette.

I took this picture of the Palace of Versailles with one hand. The other hand was holding a four euro ham and cheese baguette.

2)    Eat other meals from street venders. Crepes, baguette sandwiches and baguette hotdogs in Paris are delicious and satisfying. And guess what, they all cost 4 euro or less. There is nothing better than grabbing a baguette hotdog from a stand by the Garden of Tuilleries and then enjoy your meal in the garden. You get to truly experience the city for an awesome price.

3)    Look for fixed price menus and then order the house wine. My last night in Paris, I ventured off into the Latin Quarter part of town and stumbled upon a restaurant that had a three course meal for 12 euros.

 These tips apply to any city, not just Paris. So, for those of you feeling the credit crunch, but are traveling while studying abroad this summer or in the upcoming school year, take my tips into consideration. Get out of the tourist traps and eat off the street. You and your wallet will leave your vacation satisfied.

-Jessie Assimon

 

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