Of course, this can only be decided case by case. A few examples that worked for me:
- Theater and Opera: I like going to the theater or the opera. In fact, many theaters and opera houses offer last minute deals. In addition, in the case of theatrical communities, subscriptions for a small monthly fee up to 20 are deducted from the regular entry price.
- Movie theater: On special days or at certain times, admission is cheaper, often even free on birthdays. The entire cinema industry in Germany has agreed to the future Tuesday as a unified cinema day: offer.
- Concerts: When I feel like live music, I go to church. Many churches offer free organ concerts. And in the summer there are numerous open-air events.
- Books: Even books do not have to be expensive. You can borrow books from the city library, exchange them with friends, or buy cheap online second hand - and sell them again after reading. On http://www.bookbutler.de the prices of new and used books in different online shops are compared. Free eBooks offers the project Gutenberg (english); The German-language project Gutenberg-DE offers classic texts in full text. On bookcrossing, members register books that they then "release" (Read, Register, Release), "to the world and find new readers". Each book receives its own BookCrossingIDentnumber, on the basis of which one can understand his way.
It pays to develop new ideas. Only they do not come down. But I can help a little and look at the list of my leisure activities again. Especially the activities in field B should inspire me to ideas. You can use a lot of creativity techniques like Brainstorming or MindMapp.
Savings goals achieved?
Enter your alternatives in the column C of the Excel sheet and in column D what they cost. (In the I have already entered some values, but you can of course replace them with your own numbers.)
What does the template do?
The template then automatically calculates how much you have saved overall. Line 39 indicates whether you have reached your Spareline. If the value is 0, you have reached the Sparziel. If it's negative, you've even missed it. If it is positive, however, you should save this sum.
I can congratulate myself: I even fell short of my savings target by 38 Euro.
Finally, a tip: Save on the train
Even if the train has the reputation of being expensive, it still offers considerable savings potential: it is convenient to travel for 29 Euro simple route from A to B at present. The places are only limited.
But it is even cheaper: If you book three days in advance and a night from Saturday to Sunday between round trip or if you are traveling over a weekend or weekend (so-called weekend binding), you save 50% of the fare. But beware: These places are also contingent.
Planning saves money
If I do not travel with the weekend bond, I can still get 25 percent discount if I book three days in advance. In both cases, however, the route must be longer than 100 km, there must be a long-distance train and the start and destination must be identical. You also commit to this connection - if you missed the train: bad luck.
However, if I travel not only by long-distance, but also by commuter train, I can choose this freely. And you can interrupt the trip for a day. It may only be one night in between! The special trick: If you use the Bahncard 25, you can reduce the fare by another 25%. The Bahncard 50, on the other hand, does nothing. If you often travel with this offer, the BahnCard 25 is worth a lot more.
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