How I'd Spend a Perfect Day in My City for Under $50
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Hit the Beach and Art District in Miami

Amanda Abella, 28, author of “Make Money Your Honey

“If the weather is nice, I’d start my day off at the beach with a home-packed picnic, a good book and maybe a journal, in case I feel like doing some writing.

I’d take the bus to Miami Beach—no pass needed—for about $4.50 to save money on gas and parking. From there, I’d get off on Washington Ave and Lincoln Road and walk the few blocks to the beach. (This area of the beach is a bit less touristy than Ocean Drive.)

I could spend all day by the water, but if I feel like checking out some architecture, I’d walk down another couple blocks to Lummus Park. The path in the park allows you to peek into the beautiful pool and bar areas of some of the hotels and condos.

I’d then take an Uber to Wynwood, Miami’s vibrant art district, which would cost about $10 depending on the day—though you can check out Uber Pool for deals as low as $3.50. I’d start off at Wynwood Walls, a free, public park with walls full of art, then wander around and check out the various galleries. Festivals like Art Basel (December 7-10) and monthly “art walks” are your best opportunities for maximizing freebies.

As for dinner, Wynwood is full of local, award-winning restaurants without the Miami Beach price tag. (Zak the Baker and The Salty Donut are all the rage right now for baked goods.)

Lastly, I’d probably drop in and see what’s going on at one of my favorite new-age shops in the area. They sometimes have workshops or low-cost events (I’m talking $5). I once ended up viewing an exhibit of Tibetan monks working on a sand mandala!”

Enjoy Nature and People-Watching in Denver

John Schneider, 42, co-founder of DebtFreeGuys.com

“I’d start my day with yoga at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Doing yoga while watching the sunrise over downtown Denver is inspiring and relaxing—and costs nothing. There’s always the option to join in on Yoga on the Rocks for $12, but since there’s no fee to enter Red Rocks when there isn’t a show, you can do your own yoga for free anytime.

Afterwards, I’d take advantage of Olive & Finch’s curbside service and order their Green Eggs and Sam breakfast sandwich with focaccia and basil pesto for just under $12, including tax and tip. I’d then clean up at home, grab my bike and ride one of Denver many downtown bike paths. My favorite starts on Colfax Avenue, a major road through downtown Denver, and ends in LoDo (Lower Downtown).

I’d then stop at Denver’s Museum of Nature & Science, which has an entrance fee of $15. Along with its amazing IMAX experience, the museum hosts one or more impressive exhibitions at a time.

Then I’d hit the road and finish the roughly four-mile ride at Denver’s new and refurbished Union Station. Union Station is a 100-year-old landmark that was once the major transportation hub of the city. It’s since become home of an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, shops and hotels and connects the heart of downtown to the Denver International Airport.

To quench my thirst, I’d order a glass of Colorado’s own Avery Brewing Company’s ‘Joe’s Pils’ for $5 at The Terminal Bar. While I’d drink my beer, I’d sit in the center of the station and enjoy some of the best people-watching in Denver and play free shuffleboard.

Then I’d get back on the road to return home. On my way, I’d stop at Tag Burger Bar and get the Lady Gaga turkey burger for $12, which includes whipped mozzarella, basil pesto, grilled red onions, a balsamic vinegar glaze and fries. In total, my staycation would cost me a couple bucks shy of $50.”

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