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HOW DO YOU SAVE MONEY LIVING IN A TOWN THAT IS BEGGING TO BE EXPLORED? IT’S EASIER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK. By Lindsey Mills

Moving is expensive, even when your jobs offer moving bonuses, even when you make a sincere effort to budget accordingly, even when you move to a place where the cost of living is not outrageous. When you pick up your life and plant it somewhere new, it’s going to bite at your bank account. Deposits, moving trucks, furniture ... it all adds up fast. Our excitement about moving overshadowed a lot of rational thought. We fell in love with a house that was outside of our original budget. We spent a lot of money trying new restaurants and cafes. We bought things to transform our house into a home. We went out with co-workers and new friends because after long work days, we were desperate for some time to kick back and relax.

Ask somebody I’ve found that native Tulsans like to talk about Tulsa. Everyone has something good to say about it, and I love it. Ask your cashier at the grocery store. Ask your co-worker. Ask the barista at the local coffee shop. Ask the guy in line with you at the coffee shop. Even if you’re a social butterfly, with all the things going on in this town, there’s a 99.9 percent chance that someone knows about events happening that you don’t. Ask around. You may even hear about something you’ve

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All of those things have been worth spending the extra money, but it isn’t a sustainable way of living. We realized quickly that we need to make a change, and that started with re-evaluating our spending habits. First, we said, “No more eating out.” That lasted all of 24 hours, because the next day we’d go grab dinner after work at a restaurant on Brookside. Next, we said, “We need a budget.” A week later, we would look dumbly at our bank accounts and wonder where all the money went. Finally, we told ourselves, “We won’t buy anything nonessential until our credit cards are paid off.” We work in retail, so I don’t even have to tell you how that one went.

names. We blame you, Tulsa, for being so cool. How do we save money living in a town that is begging for us to explore? We answered that question with a decision to, at least for a little while, only entertain ourselves with things that are free, or at least mostly free. We started doing some research. We asked around, questioning our co-workers and customers about their favorite free activities in Tulsa. We even Googled ‘free events in Tulsa.’ We followed Tulsa social media accounts and kept our eyes peeled for taglines that used the word ‘free.’ An invitation to anybody and everybody with no cover charge attracts us like bees to pollen.

New coffee shops, great breweries, and special events are incessantly calling our

So, how do you find out what’s happening in the 918? Here are a few tips.

never heard of but would really like to try.

minute planning when you have an unexpected day off.

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This has been a great tool for searching for what’s going on in the upcoming days that we might’ve missed via other means of traditional media. This platform does a great job at updating its followers on different kinds of events in the area just before they’re happening, so it’s great for last-

Clearly, you picked up this magazine because you hoped it would give you some ideas about the area and what you might be missing out on. I singled Preview 918 out because I appreciated all of the localized coverage on the area and, being a newbie, I needed help. The site gives a terrific overview of what, when, and where everything is happening in Tulsa.

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GUTHRIE GREEN: I’m sure most Tulsa residents know about this perfect little park downtown, but I think very few Tulsa residents take proper advantage of it. I come from a smaller town where there isn’t anything like this park. Soak it up, Tulsa. Free concerts, movie nights, a splash pad, fitness camps … it’s all there for the taking.

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THE GREENWAY TRAIL SYSTEM: If you read my last article, you know I think Tulsa’s Greenway system is

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September 2018 (Vol. 32, No. 9)  

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September 2018 (Vol. 32, No. 9)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 A regional magazine of national stature, Preview 918 has rema...