Stash Learn

Budgeting

Oct 27, 2020

Sweat the Small Stuff

By Emily Winter

Cash-strapped artists talk about their favorite money-saving budget hacks

Twitter LinkedIn Facebook

As a comedian and writer, I’m in a community of very talented, but often very broke, artists. I asked my network of comedians, writers, actors, podcasters and other creative types for financial tips they acquired the hard way: during their most cash-strapped days pursuing their dreams. 

Here are some of the tips that everyone—artist or not—can use in their everyday lives: 

1-PATRICK HASTIE (New York, New York  comedian and podcaster): I quit drinking soda and booze. 

Money saved: $2912 a year on alcohol, and $1303 a year on soft drinks

AMANDA AVERELL (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania comedian): 

  1. Frozen or dried veggies over fresh produce. It tastes the same and is way cheaper.
  2. Work out of a library instead of a coffee shop—you can stay forever and don’t have to buy anything.

Money saved: $50-$100 per month on veggies and $60 on month on coffee shops.

2-LIZ SIMONS (New York, New York comedian): Pay yourself like a bill every day. I would consistently do $5 a day (which I know might not be doable, so do what works – $1 a day, $2 a day, etc.). Keep the money in a safe place and do not touch it. Then, when I was going on a trip I’d take the money out and essentially have free cash and I wouldn’t have to worry about spending a lot. 

Money saved: $150 a month

3-JOSE GONZALEZ (Phoenix comedian): With a library card, it’s easy to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, music and movies via a few apps or services. 

Money saved: $50-$200 a month

4-ERICA SPERA (NYC comedian and podcaster): I take all the hand-me-downs my cousins give me and just resell them [on the app Poshmark]. Purses and shoes are easiest.

Money earned: $600 a year

5-ANDREW MAYER (Boston comedian): Paying cash for everything is an underrated way to understand how expensive/cheap things really are. 

Money saved: $50-$100 a month

6-SELENA COPPOCK (NYC comedian and writer): Live and die on cans of tuna and hard boiled eggs. They are cheap, great forms of protein that stay with you. 

Money saved: $100 a month

7-JOHN ROSENBERGER (NYC comedian): I do almost all of my ingredient and household item shopping at Dollar Tree. The only things I don’t buy there are meat, dairy, and produce, but [I do buy] all seasonings, pasta, rice, soft drinks, detergent, house cleaning supplies, etc. Everything there is literally $1. 

Money saved: $150-$200/month

8-REGINA CASTANEDA (Miami standup comedian): I keep protein bars or nuts in my comedy book-bag to prevent myself from eating out vs. waiting to get home. I also cut out most eating out in general. I do that thing where I’d cook for friends instead of going to a restaurant with them. 

Find out where to park for free ahead of time, drive around a lot until you find a hidden cheaper/free spot, etc. I’ve saved sooo much by not paying for parking.  

Money saved: Not eating out $300 per month. Parking $150-$250 a year. 

9-SARAH STEWART (Toledo, Ohio seamstress and baker): When I lived alone, I aimed to spend $50 a month on food. You read right. Cooked EVERY night. I’d buy $1 bags of clearance veggies (only whatever is on clearance you CANNOT be picky), $1 boxes of pasta and rice, ate mostly vegetarian (meat costs $$). LEARN TO MAKE SAUCES & SOUPS.

 Savings: $350 per month

10-MARIA WOJCIECHOWSKI (NYC comedian, writer, and actor): Cutting down on my subscriptions to streaming services. I end up alternating them or sharing … paying the “family” price, and splitting services with friends. [On] Spotify you can save like $6/mo.

Money saved: $30-$75 per month

Investing made easy with Stash.

Start today with any dollar amount.
Get the App

Hooked on Stash? Tell your friends!

Get $5 for every friend you refer to Stash.
Refer friends

Hooked on Stash? Tell your friends!

Get $5 for every friend you refer to Stash.
Refer friends

Written by

Emily Winter

Emily Winter is a writer and comedian in New York. She's written for TV Land, Glamour and Fusion TV.

logo

Invest in
yourself.

By using this website you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. To begin investing on Stash, you must be approved from an account verification perspective and open a brokerage account.

Subscribe to The Wallet!

Looking for financial guidance? Check your Wallet. Every week, your inbox will be packed with market savviness and clever money management techniques. Sign up today!

By using this website you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.