3 Ways to Save Money in D.C.

3 Ways to Save Money in D.C.

This weekend, my roommates and I celebrated our first month at The Washington Center. We went out for drinks, had brunch at Busboys & Poets, went shopping and basically had an amazing weekend. The only part that sometimes gets to me is seeing all the fun I’m having reflected in my bank account. My money has been disappearing quicker than my roommates when the dishwasher needs to be emptied. Luckily, I came up with a few ways to save my precious green friends.


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1. Walk the walk

I am not referring to the expression ‘walk the walk,' I am literally advising you to walk. Taking the Metro is a good way to travel quickly from point A to point B, but if you have the time and the weather is as beautiful as it has been this whole month (read: slowly killing me because I am melting), then walk! I feel like Europeans are more used to walking than Americans are. I am, however, teaching my lazy Metro-taking or Uber-ordering roommates to use their legs for something else than walking to the Metro station.


If it’s less than a 30 minute walk, we will walk the walk! Apart from saving money, you will also be able to see the city and get to know it better. Just check out the distance on Google Maps and start walking!


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2. Is that your grandma's coat

There are a lot of amazing stores in D.C. and at some point, you will most likely want to go shopping. Especially if you made the same mistake I did and almost only brought fall and winter clothes with you (please let it be cold already). Every store you see is a potential risk for your bank account. The solution is simple: there are a lot of amazing thrift shops in D.C.


I don’t know about you guys, but in Belgium, a thrift shop does not automatically mean that clothes are cheap. Second-hand clothes are often considered ‘vintage’ and somehow the fact that a piece of clothing has switched owners a million times makes it more expensive... #hipsters. In America however, a thrift shop actually means good deals. Buffalo Exchange on 14th NW should definitely make your list of shopping spots.



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3. Happy hour that will make you more than happy

At TWC, internships are from Monday to Thursday each week, which makes Thursday a day of celebration and happy times. Drinks are ridiculously expensive in D.C. (random thought: maybe that’s why you have to be 21 in order to drink, so you have time to save some money and be able to afford your liquor!). But, no worries, my Gibraltarian (people from Gibraltar) friends introduced me to the most amazing place in the city: The Front Page. You will not find a cheaper happy hour in D.C. Coronas are $2 (!!) and that is not even the best part… there are free tacos. Wait let me repeat that: free tacos. FREE. That means that you can have a couple of drinks without having to sell an organ and get dinner at the same time. It doesn’t get any better than that.


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On that note, put on your walking shoes, put 20 dollars in your pocket and keep your organs where they are! I will see you again next week!

I wave you goodbye,


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