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How to Get to Know a New City on a Budget

Whether you moved to a new city for a job, or to be closer to friends and family, moving to a new city can be tough. Especially if it's a city where you don't know anyone, in which case it is both bold and tough.

When you move to a new city, whether it is one you've been to before or totally new, it can be overwhelming. You want to get out and see everything, but you also likely just spent a decent amount of money moving and your bank account needs a break. 

You want to get to know your new city, but don't want to break the bank. The desire to get to know the new city could be heightened if you moved somewhere where you don't know anyone, you want to get out there and start awkwardly trying to make friends. 

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Here is how you can get to know a new city on a budget:

Check Out the City’s Website

My first month of living in Raleigh, I discovered through the city's website that it was beer month and there were all sorts of activities happening around town.

It's 2017 so pretty much every city has a website, though some sites may be better than others.

Besides letting you know when city council meetings are they will usually share what is going on around town, a recent check tells me that the World of Bluegrass is making it's way to Raleigh in September.

It also includes when and where local farmer's markets are and free outdoor Yoga classes .

Beside just events, it may, like Raleigh, have information about local greenways or art in the park.

Take the time to check out your city's website to see what's going on in your new city. While not all the events listed will be free, you are bound to find some budget friendly options.

Check Out Local Meetups

The site, Meetup.com lets different groups create meetups with others in the area. It's through the site that I found the local Patriots Fan Club (Don't hate, you should know by now I'm a Pats fan, I used to work at the stadium).

But there are tons of other possibilities too, like book clubs and running clubs. I even saw a  "new to the city, let's explore" group. So you can get your exploration on with other people trying to make friends without being too awkward.

Offline App

The Offline App, unlike the city website is just for finding out about cool events h​appening in the area. It gives you a list of things to do in your city.

You can even sign up to receive email updates about what is going on. I get an email once a week.

From festivals, to food truck fairs, and yoga with beer, it's always interesting to find out what events are local. They also show cost, so you don't get super excited about something just to learn it's $50. 

Look for Facebook Groups

It's through Facebook that I found out a local brewery hosts a running club. Go running then grab a beer? Sounds good to me.

Facebook can be a pretty powerful search tool, just enter "groups in x city" and you'll can get results for groups in the area.

Look at a Map and Go Explore

While my city's website has a ton of information, it isn't the the easiest website to navigate. So I decided to look at a map and go exploring.

What is that patch of green there? Oh it's an athletic park complete with a running track, so I don't have to feel like a creeper using a local school's running track.

What's that lake there? Oh, it's a lake with a paved walking trail for a great loop to walk and run. 

With smartphones, you don't usually have to worry too much about getting lost when you go exploring, so just get out there and take a look at what ever peeks your interest.​

Wrapping it Up with a Bow on Top

When living in a new city, you can be overwhelmed with everything there is to do, including all the options to go explore your city.

Don't let yourself be paralyzed by all the choices.

Also, make sure you don't feel like you have to spend a ton of money to get to know the new city and make new friends. You can absolutely get to know a new city on a budget.


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Moving to a new city can be pretty exciting, there is so much to do and explore, which means it can get expensive. Find out how you can get to know a new city without spending a fortune or busting your budget.
Moving to a new city can be pretty exciting, there is so much to do and explore, which means it can get expensive. Find out how you can get to know a new city without spending a fortune or busting your budget.
Moving to a new city can be pretty exciting, there is so much to do and explore, which means it can get expensive. Find out how you can get to know a new city without spending a fortune or busting your budget.#budget
Moving to a new city can be pretty exciting, there is so much to do and explore, which means it can get expensive. Find out how you can get to know a new city without spending a fortune or busting your budget.

Liz

Liz is a blogger and podcaster helping people with personal finance and working for themselves. She shares her own journey to debt freedom and helps graduates dealing with above average student loan debt on her site, Less Debt More Wine. She currently resides in NC after calling Massachusetts home for nearly a decade.

  • Matt says:

    Great tips. I just read an article this past week that found the average debt a person adds to each vacation is about $1100.

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