Have Paris’ notoriously high lodging and food costs prevented you from planning a trip to the City of Lights? There are plenty of ways to plan a cost-effective trip to Paris. Since Lodging can be one of the major components of one’s budget, the key to planning a reasonably priced trip to Paris is avoiding the well-known or touristy areas.

It’s no secret that the City of Lights is also one of the most expensive in the world. Never fear, frugal travelers. With a bit of creativity, it’s possible experience all of what Paris has to offer on the cheap. Here are some suggestions.