Passport to adventure.

Ask any of my friends back home and they will confirm that when it comes to finances, I’m a little crazy. Crazy because financial planning absolutely makes my day. Sitting down with my Quicken files and preparing a fresh new budget, or analyzing our spending habits provides me with a surge of adrenaline like no other. Crunching numbers and finding ways to save money makes my heart flutter. And taxes, oh don’t even get me started, because I can’t even describe with words how excited they make me. I actually look forward to the end of January each year when we receive our W2s in the mail because I can’t wait to do our taxes. Sometimes I put it off a little because I know that I will actually be a little disappointed when it’s all over. And no, this is not a joke, I’m 100% serious. (I told you I was crazy).

So what does all of this have to do with my life in Germany? Ah ha! I thought you’d never ask.

As a one-income household, Drew and I are on a pretty tight budget here in Germany. Don’t misunderstand me- I’m not complaining at all; we have plenty and are really very blessed- I’m only drawing attention to that fact in order to mention that we try to stretch our Euros as much as possible. And yet, at the same time, we also like to live life to the fullest and try new things. Doing both of those things at once is a good challenge that I eagerly accept.

And so, when I came across this little gem, I knew it would soon be a good friend of ours…

Introducing “Der Kleine Reibach”, or as I like to refer to it, my new-found passport to adventure! The 5-inch x 3.5-inch x 1-inch book is filled to the brim with savings for the city of Hannover. Much like the American “Entertainment Book”, it contains almost 700 valuable coupons for restaurants, activities and shops and is a really great deal for penny pinchers like us. And as an added bonus- it’s also a fabulous way for us to explore the city. By thumbing throwing the pages and stopping at random to choose a coupon, it becomes an adventure. What will we do this weekend? Perhaps we will take in a Hannover 96 soccer match, maybe dine at one of the little cafes overlooking the lake, visit the local aquarium, or spend time strolling around one of Hannover’s museum. The possibilities are vast and I’m looking forward to the experiences to come.

What things have you done recently in order to turn saving money into adventure?

One Response to “Passport to adventure.”

  1. decor8 Holly writes:

    Hello! 🙂 I also live in Hannover and I’m an American so many of your posts I can relate to. I have to pick up a copy of this book now, thanks to you. I’ve seen it around but wondered if I would need it or use it but now I think I’m going to just get it and be adventurous like you. 🙂 Thank you for the tip and I hope you are doing okay in Hannover. It’s hard here in January & February, even for the locals, because the weather is grim and gray. But in March things get so Springy and nice and then many events come to town and Summer is fun and Autumn is beautiful and things are pretty good right up to New Year’s again… but Jan + Feb are indeed miserable times for everyone because the sky doesn’t show up very much, the clouds are ever present, so it’s easy to get depressed. Stay as positive as you can and try getting a “neidersachen card” from the Hbf and take it to Oldenburg for the day or to Hamburg, it is so cheap and you can take up to 6 people with you for free on this card. Oldenburg is 2 hours north and is a really sweet town and there is this Dutch store there called HEMA that is very sweet and filled with fun things to take the blues away. And in Hamburg, well, there are tons of things to see and do and cute neighborhoods… And if you are homesick for the states, they have an Urban Outfitters. 🙂 Also, they have a lovely store called Flamant which has the best cafe… and Habitat is there as well and very, very fun to shop in (and affordable). Sometimes just getting out for the day can work wonders on your mood. Write to me anytime you need some tips, I know of lots of “remedies” to help expat winter blues! Oh and do you know about Berlin Air? You can fly anywhere right now so cheaply, we are going to London this weekend for 89, Euros roundtrop and the flight is 45 minutes. You can also take the train to Amsterdam (or fly). The train is 4 hours direct from Hannover and the plane is 40 minutes. Amsterdam is a great getaway and everyone there speaks English (lots of Americans living there) so just being there feels like going back to the states for me in some ways. Also London, everyone speaks English, so it can be a fun weekend trip. Oh and in Hamburg, most everyone in stores and restaurants will reply to you in English, it’s much more common to speak English there than here in Hannover.

    Hope these little ideas plant some ideas. 🙂
    Very best,
    Holly

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