Tighten that Belt; Stretch that Dollar

Money by Joshua Davis (jdavis.info).
Shannon is one of our teen writers: she is a 16 year old from Maryland. She enjoys writing, is pro recycling, and loves the Jonas Brothers.

With the economy the way it is, lots of people are having cash flow issues. You know that expression ‘We’ll just tighten our belts?’ Well it seems to have gotten to the point where there’s no belt left to tighten. This living on a budge thing has been hitting me hard lately, so I thought I would give teens a few suggestions on how to spend their free time without spending all of their money.

Home Movie Theater

Even though movies are quite popular there is something very comfortable about snuggling into the couch and watching a movie where the only commentary is your own. Watching movies at home means no movie-theater butter coating the top of your mouth, no trying to block out the screaming baby in the front row, and definitely no gum in the cupholders. What’s better than that?


When I feel like my world is getting too busy, too demanding, too intense to handle, nothing is more cleansing than deep conversation about something other than my crazy stressful life. Talking is a great way to distress. Keeping things bottled up inside your own head only makes it harder to stay sane.

Dance Party

Let loose! That’s what Ipods are for! Blast the music, let down your hair, throw your hands over your head, and dance until it feels like your lungs are on fire. It’s simple, it’s free, and it’s a nice break from reality.


One of the best things about being a teenager is being able to have fun doing absolute nothing. All you need is a few good friends, and a lot of laughs, and it’s super easy to have a fabulous time just sitting around, enjoying each other’s company.

No Responses to “Tighten that Belt; Stretch that Dollar”

  1. Sarah Newton Teen Coach
    November 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm #

    Greta article I love the advice…especially about talking and dancing..in fact think I may take it up myself :-)

    Thanks for sharing


  2. Anna Colette
    November 9, 2008 at 2:10 pm #

    Great common-sense advice! I also recommend hunting for clothes in your local thrift stores. Some of my greatest vintage dresses are from charity shops..


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