Make Memories, Enjoy Visiting San Francisco On A Budget

Just save a lot of money. No make that a ton of money.

Perhaps that’s what many tourists think if they want to visit San Francisco. We’ve already heard and read enough horror stories about the cost of living in San Francisco.

Recently a friend sold a house in the modest suburb of Daly City, just south of San Fran. It was a 2 story, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage home. What did the house sell for?

$1,140,000. Yes one million, one hundred forty thousand dollars.

Sometimes to make a point you just have to spell it out.

The house was very nice with a great view but we would not describe it as luxurious.

“Most of the time, you find that the smaller the budget, the more the project is about something substantive.”… Robert Carlyle

Okay, so you had not planned on living in San Francisco anyway.

The good news is if you are going to visit San Francisco, you can do so on a budget. Why? writer, photo credit Juan Salamanca

Because you still need to go back home, eat, drive and live.

In the Jan 10, 2018 issue of Psychology Today, Mr. Shahram Heshmat, PH.D. shared, “In a world of scarcity, choosing one thing means giving up something else. When we spend money on one thing, it’s money that we cannot spend on something else, now or later. So there is an opportunity cost to everything we do.”

True but we still want to have some fun and make memories and what better place to create memories that will last forever than beautiful San Francisco?

Don’t worry. You can still do it on a budget.

We have a visiting female writer with more than 200 published articles under her belt.

Here is what she has to share. She economized her words well.

Enjoy San Francisco Without Budget-Busters Following These Tips on Money-Saving writer, photo credit

By Karen K Williams  |   Submitted On April 26, 2018

Visiting the USA, may make you leave your heart, not your life savings. Here, you can have fun and also keep a check on your spending. Heading downtown San Francisco featuring easy-to-use multiple transit options. Nevertheless, the hilly, windy streets makes driving around San Francisco involve pricy parking.

San Francisco driving around is recommended only if you have plans to travel outside the city. The rail system in the region is accessible and affordable, an appropriate alternative to driving.

Consider the sightseeing deals when you are on budget vacation. Consider the Free stuff such as go to see the top attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park and Golden Gate Bridge. The Park has entrance free; while there may be admission charge to use parks attractions may charge admission

San Francisco CityPass allows visiting multi-attraction. This is a Muni Pass for seven- days allowing unlimited cable car, other public transport and historic trolley rides. In fact, it also includes the Bay Cruise and other attractions admission as well.

Deep discounts on guided tours, bay cruises and lots of performances and entertainment can ensure saving money. There is also the ticket booth half price in Union Square that offers discounts on same-day to many performances.

Eating at an expensive restaurant, especially with strict budget is possible such that you can have lunch prices lesser than dinner. Follow a strategy, get a cheap lunch and spend your meal budget on dinner. Every June and January, there is Restaurant Week in San Francisco where the top restaurants in San Francisco offer on discounted prices fixed meals.

Another way of saving is to purchase your airline ticket in advance at least a month to enjoy lower price. However, October is the cheapest month to fly and also is the nicest months weather-wise, while July is most expensive. For bargain-shopping, visit the Oakland Airport (OAK), close to San Francisco downtown.

The hotel prices are on the rise, yet there are lowest list price hotels. Find hotels that offer pleasant places and there is nothing as hidden parking charges.

Taking car rental to most tourist attractions is a good option. But, finding parking is very difficult and with city traffic it can easily spoil your best moods. While the hotels located centrally charge $40 or more for parking per day and this may be actually be a budget-buster as it may be more than the rental cost. In fact, parking garages are expensive and during special events time, the rates increase more. Instead rent a car for a day is best as taking care of parking is not your problem.

The Muni service includes historic cable cars, vintage trolley cars, local buses, light rail and F-line having routs from and to Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, SOMA district and more. The rail and bus rides are cheap, allowing riding any combination for 90 minutes, though the historic cable car may be a bit pricey.

Use Chicago downtown parking for you parking needs when in the USA. Renaissance hotel parking is the best you would find.

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