It's easy to spend a pretty penny in Atlanta considering the city's robust arts and theater scene, high-caliber restaurants, world-class shopping and jam-packed events calendar. Atlanta, after all, is a city on the move with a ton to offer. People are social. The cityscape is ever-changing. And, if you live here, or are stopping by, you should certainly indulge in a few of the pricier options, at least every once in a while. Just know that your agenda needn't be limited by your restricted funds.
Aside from those invariable splurges on six-course dinners and front-row tickets, you can live it up in Atlanta on the cheap quite easily, particularly when you factor in all of the things you can do in this city for free! If you love art, for instance, consider taking an art stroll or viewing one of the dozens of galleries across the city offering free entry–a few galleries that charge admission, like the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, even offer free admission days, so be vigilant about checking websites. Music fiends can catch free afternoon concerts across the city throughout the year (like Decatur's Blue Sky Concerts and Marietta's Concerts on the Square). History buffs can walk through countless historic sites and neighborhoods without opening their wallets. And, if you're the active type? There are no limits to your options when you factor in the area's lush parks, bike paths and green spaces. Free, at last!