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How to Have It All for Next to Nothing
Previously: March 2004's Me, Only Better!

You don't need to get into a financial bind to squeeze the best things out of life. Embrace these five (free!) principles, and you'll be drinking deep from the best life has to offer.

BE INFORMED: Knowledge is power and it's free.

Your daily newspaper, the radio, and the Internet are great sources of (almost) free info. How else will you learn about free seminars you can attend, groups you can join, events you can crash, or things you can do for next to nothing?

Priceless...

Sharing a feast you prepared yourself-from scratch! Check out www.allrecipes.com for more fiesta food than you can make in a lifetime.

Chowing down on popcorn at a free film fest. Many foreign institutes, like Instituto Cervantes and Alliance Francaise, hold free weekly screenings or sponsor annual film fests. Why pay for reserved seating at posh cinemas (for mediocre movies) when you can get your artsy-heart's fill of fine films for free (or less than regular ticket fares)?

Snagging the shoes you've been eyeing for half the price in the opening hour of a midnight madness sale. Key it into your phone's organizer, set the alarm, get your running shoes prepped-be there first thing, and reap your rewards!

Finding out your favorite store offers student discounts (you knew school was good for something). You won't know until you ask, or sign up for their newsletter.

Being caller number five when the DJ's giving away tickets to the rock concert of the century (maybe they'll throw in a backstage pass to sweeten the deal). Work those lucky fingers, baby!


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