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DC is the most expensive city to live in the country, so finding ways to save money is a necessary pastime for locals. To benefit from their expertise, follow these suggestions to maximize your time in the district on a budget.

Go to happy hour.

DC is one of the best food cities in the country, but the restaurants come with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, some of the city’s best spots have adjusted menus to include food as well as drinks. Here is a list of some of the best deals.

To avoid the cost of cabs or public transportation, here are some spots you can walk to from the Capitol Hill Hotel.

Seventh Hill for $5 pizzas from 5-6:30pm on weekdays.
Belga on Barracks Row for half price drafts and beer flights. $5 glasses of wine. Pair that with Belga’s pot of mussels ($16.95) and you are out the door for the cost of a couple cocktails.
Tortilla Coast for $4 mini tacos and $6 frozen margaritas from 3:30-8 pm every weekday.

Take advantage of all the free things to do during the summer.

Washington is awash with fun (and free) activities during the hot months of summer. Here is a list of the best ways to keep your summer nights packed.

See a free concert at Yards Park every Friday from mid-May through mid-September.

Catch a show at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage where there are free performances ranging from jazz to dance troupes nightly at 6pm.

Listen to live jazz in the garden every Friday.

The coolest museum in DC offers free Sunday jam sessions ranging from bluegrass and blue to gospel. Register in advance here.

Jam out at the Meridian Hill Drum Circle every Sunday night.

Catch a free outdoor movie. Here’s DC’s full schedule.

Get same day Nationals tickets for $5.

Grab a $5 ticket to a Washington Nationals game by heading to the Nationals Park Box Office on the day of the game. You can only get one ticket per person, so make sure your friends are with you before you head to the stadium.

Get your Shakespeare fix.

The Folger Shakespeare Theater has a “pay what you can” night for every new show it releases. Check the calendar in advance and head to the box office day of to grab your ticket.

Drink beer while you watch a movie.

The Arlington Draft House in Arlington has $2 movies on Monday and Tuesday, but the best part is that you can eat and drink cheap bar food while you watch.