Whether you’re a bachelor living alone, or a married man with a wife and a couple of kids, having the ultimate man cave is something many men dream about their entire lives. Getting all the toys we want is not easy since we have other priorities – such as taking care of a family, student loans, and other monthly expenses – but if you’re patient and willing to stretch that penny, making the man cave dream a reality is a possibility.
The perfect man cave would have a big TV, somewhere to sit like a beanbag or recliner chair/sofa, a table, an amazing sound system, a game console, and a place to keep your drinks cold. All of that put together can cost quite a bit, but if you want to save money, here are five tips worth following to help get you the money needed for a man cave:
Saving Tips To Get The Man Cave
Kick Bad Habits
I’m not a smoker but I do smoke some sheesha once in a while. At $15 per visit, the costs can easily add up. I would suggest you quit smoking but if not, you can try E Cigarettes which are less harmful. A starter kit for vaping is cheap and can help you kick that habit by getting liquids with less nicotine content.
You can also get your own hookah and smoke it at home if you really need your sheesha fix.
Shop Smart. Shop Around
Groceries, toiletries, insurance, utility bills – nothing should be off-limits when it comes to shopping around. In doing this, you could save a small fortune on everything and at least pay for your mini-fridge! Switch brands if you have to in order to save some money. A few dollars here and a few dollars will eventually add up for something really cool for your man cave.
Don’t Go Out As Often
A night out is great and all but it can be quite expensive if you go out drinking with the guys. Spending a night in for a change with your mates can be surprisingly cheap, especially when it comes to buying the drinks. For a fraction of the cost, you can be just as wasted.
I’m personally not a fan but you gotta do what you gotta. It’s not always that reliable, but have you seen the cost of gasoline these days? I’m paying close to $1.50/liter! Getting the bus to town instead could save a little, while for long journeys, the train or even coach can be significantly cheaper than paying for a full tank of petrol or diesel.
Use Less Energy
The cost of gas and electricity is always on the rise, which means massive bills at the end of every month. Turning off the lights when they’re not needed, using energy-efficient bulbs and unplugging appliances that don’t need to be in all the time can save a bit of money.
Bonus Tip: Get a part-time job. It may be tiring but it is totally worth it! In 2008, I used this method to pay for a trip to Mexico. I worked a cash job at a convenience store for five hours every Saturday for six months. It was enough to cover my five-star all-inclusive stay in the Mayan Riviera.
What are some of your ways to save money?