You don't need to be flush to be happy. Author Dina Gachman knows that from personal experience. She has faced student loans, made ends meet on unpaid internships, and, along the way, figured out how to live the dream on a dime.
"It's not about feeling mopey because you can't afford a private jet with solid gold fuselage," she writes in her book "Brokenomics." "We'd all love free-flowing Dom Pérignon … but it's not about that. It's about surviving and thriving, no matter what your situation may be."
Here are nine of Gachman's tried-and-true money savings tips that will help you appreciate life in the cheap seats.