Boston on a Budget


It’s no secret that I love to travel. I actually think that it is one of the first things that people gather from getting to know me.

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This past weekend I was able to quench my everlasting thirst for travel and visit some of my friends, Michaela and Clara, from when I studied abroad in England. I had been budgeting since my last trip, to Florida, where I visited another study abroad friend, Tess, in April.

I found that an impromptu trip to Boston was completely realistic thanks to an early summer JetBlue flight sale, taking only a carry on bag and personal item, and having a fantastic friend who allowed me to crash on her couch.

These are the realities of being a post-college twenty something, and that is okay.

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  1. Price compare in advance and don’t spend more than you¬†absolutely need to on flights.

I booked my roundtrip tickets almost exactly 2 months before my trip. It was a Thursday, but to be completely honest I am not one of those people who think the day of the week matters all that much. My direct flights were just under $100 and I am still pretty proud of that fact.

At the same time that I booked my tickets, I signed up for a True Blue rewards account. When I have traveled in the past I have made an account for SouthWest, but to be completely honest I haven’t really accumulated anything of significance because I have never been loyal to just one airline; I tend to just fly whatever is least expensive. My lack of loyalty may¬†change now that I have found out that I can take surveys at www.pointsforsurveys.com¬†¬†and accumulate free flights through JetBlue. I already have plans in the making for a trip to NYC in the fall and due to my 4,500 points I’ve acquired since June, I may only have to pay one for a one way ticket. That’s $60 or less… CHA CHING!

JetBlue now has baggage options you can pay for when you purchase tickets. It’s still cheaper than American Airlines and Delta, but nothing compares to SouthWest’s 2 free checked bags. With that in mind I bought the 0 bag basic fair through JetBlue, as my trip was only 4-5 days long, and crammed everything I needed into a duffle and tote.

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2. Go on the vacation that fits YOUR lifestyle. Adapt accordingly.

Since I have visited Boston many times before, I decided that I did not want to have the traditional historical visit. I’ve seen Freedom Trail and it is cool. Same thing for the Boston¬†aquarium. But I am a young millennial woman on the hunt for fun cheap Instagram opportunities and delicious food/booze -in case I haven’t made that clear.

And so with that in mind I made 1 goal for each day of my trip.

  • On Saturday I would find a giant booze-shake from Boston Burger Company. ($10)
  • On Sunday I would go on a Boston Harbor boat cruise through Boston Green Cruises, thanks to Living Social -because I’m cheap. ($11)
  • On Monday I would swim in a rooftop pool on top of the Colonnade Hotel near the Prudential Center. ($10)

I accomplished all of my goals with Clara. I spent a total of $300 on vacation, less than one night at the aforementioned hotel that we swam at (which is priced at approximately $450-600 a night).

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3. Get over yourself and take public transportation.

I spent $22 on a 7 day CharlieCard pass, so that I could take the public bus and subway as many times as I wanted. This easily paid for itself, as I know I took both modes of transportation at least 20 times. Individually with a ticket each trip would be $2.75, $2.25 on a Charlie Card. I have spent $22 on Uber rides in the DC metro area.. even more on cabs in NYC.. therefore this is definitely the cheapest form of getting around, besides walking.

4. Don’t eat out every night if you don’t have to.

We made the classic poor man’s¬†pasta dish for dinner on Sunday night: shell pasta, olive oil, garlic and parm cheese. I spent $15 on random breakfast fruits, ingredients for dinner, pre-packaged lunches and non-alcoholic beverages for during my stay. By eliminating the cost of dinner one night, as well as having breakfast options and lunch covered one day, this was definitely a solid investment.

5. Talk to the locals.

On our first in Jamaica Plain, the particular neighborhood Clara resides in, we talked to the bartender about places to go. What tourist traps should we avoid? If you were here for 4 days where would you make it a point to visit? Not only will you get a better feel for the town, but you may also get to witness a fantastic Bostonian AHHHcent.

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I know that I am lucky to be able to explore such amazing places and visit incredible people, but I am a firm believer that luck actually has very little to do with it. Do your research, know your restrictions and take the world on without hesitation.

A Preppy Apartment on a Budget


This past week I put down a deposit on an apartment. ¬†I have a lease and it’s all really exciting big kid stuff! ¬†But now that I’ve signed the dotted line, I realize that I have a hard enough time making my bedroom (in my parents house) preppy, how am I going to decorate a preppy apartment on a budget?

PINTEREST TO THE RESCUE!

DIY Lilly Pulitzer cork board

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This specific cork board is painted, therefore only Lilly inspired… but if I were to make to DIY a cork board, I would buy UGotta Ragatta Lilly Pulitzer fabric and cover it! ¬†I know my painting skills would leave a lot to be desired.

…and then I found nothing.

Quite rarely does Pinterest fall short, but searching for preppy decor on there left a lot to be desired! ¬†I started thinking about decor I like instead. That’s right, these are out of Allison’s brain, NOT a search engine.

DIY Lilly Pulitzer Canopy

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Lilly Pulitzer fabric is so pretty.. I would love to make a canopy over my bed of a loud pink and green print.  Just cut the fabric to the appropriate length and width, then tack it to the ceiling.  This would look best with a solid colored comforter.

Door Curtain

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A simple fabric draped and pinned to the side of a closet door or bedroom door is so cute! ¬†I know that these seem to be intended for little girl rooms (hence the pink teddy bear), but I don’t care.

MOOD LIGHTING (lol)

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MONOGRAM WALL DECAL

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For less than $20 on Amazon or Etsy, you can buy a wall monogram.   It adds a personalized touch to any plain white drab walls!  Mine is going right over my bed.

RIBBON SHOWER CURTAIN HOOKS

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I just love it. ¬†I love the chevron curtain, I love the clean cut bows. ¬†It’s the cutest idea.¬†Why buy hooks when you can have bows?

ANCHOR WALL ART

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Take some wall paint and a ten dollar stamper from Joanne’s or Micheals and you can completely transform a room. ¬†Seriously so excited for this. #nauticalfinatic

What ideas do you have for a preppy apartment on a budget?

 

Glamour camping


Hey blog readers of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, preferences, and attitudes: I hope memorial day is treating you as well as it is treating me! I’ve been busy, per usual, but all good things must come to an end. Let me fill you in:
My family has always camped, but our ways have lessened from the hardcore tent and out houses to a lodge in a camp ground with a spa.
Guess which I prefer?
Anyways. It’s obvious, I love glamour camping. I’m tan, relaxed, and even though I’ve suffered sleeping on a futon it’s been great. I’m not home, even though I’m still in the middle of nowhere, but we’re having my favorite food (Nana’s pasta and broccoli) for dinner and I have a view of beautiful life guards if I get bored.
It gets better. This next sentence is the reason I am writing this blog; documenting a life changing occurrence.
I’M GOING SHOPPING AT THE OUTLETS WITH MY FATHER FOR MY FATHER WITH AN UNLIMITED BUDGET.. This budget is within reason, but assumed to be a thousand dollars or more.
I’m kinda thrilled. My dad’s idea of shopping has always consisted of vitamins when we go to the mall on a 30 min painful trip.
NOT ANY MORE.
Muahahahahaha.
I’m so happy. I really could get used to glamour camping.
Allison