I don’t know about you, but one of my resolutions for 2013 was to be thriftier.

Now, there are many ways to go about this, but the best advice I’ve read focuses on how to do it by making small changes so that you can still enjoy your favorite treats and activities. So, in honor of that philosophy, here are some great options that won’t break the bank.

Buy one, get one free

For the month of January, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is offering a special discount to those who want to enjoy the camellia garden, which has been named one of the best in the world.

Buy one garden admission for $15 and get the second one free. Two for one, you just can’t go wrong!

If you haven’t been to Magnolia, or maybe it’s just been a while, the garden features 20,000 camellias, one of only 30 gardens in the world and one of five in the U.S. that has that honor. And at 20 acres, you could definitely spend an afternoon there.

In addition to the garden, for an additional $8, you can stroll along an elevated walkway through the Audubon Swamp Garden. This neat setting houses thousands of plant and animal species among the cypress and tupelo gum trees surrounded by blackwater.

Other add-ons, again for $8 each, include a guided tour through the Drayton family home, a ride on the nature train and a presentation on the African-American contributions to Magnolia Gardens during the award-winning “From Slavery to Freedom” cabin tour.

Call 571-1266 or go to www.magnoliaplantation.com.

Bridal Show

For those in the know, you’re aware that we have just concluded what is fondly known as “engagement season.” According to statistics, more than 30 percent of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

If you were one of the lucky ones, then the next thing you should put in your wedding planner is the Charleston Bridal Show on Sunday.

From noon-5 p.m. at the Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Drive, get access to more than 75 area wedding vendors all under one roof.

And while the wedding might not be inexpensive, the admission to the show is, coming in at $10. That’s a steal when you consider all the resources you’ll have access to, including food samples, a fashion show of the latest bridal fashions, musicians, decor and more.

Find out more information at www.thecharlestonbridalshow.com.

Building Expo

This is another event that falls under the “bang for your buck” category.

While the overall project might be costly, you’re sure to get your money’s worth from the Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo at the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, as admission is $5 (ages 18 and under get in free).

For the past 11 years, L&L Exhibition Management Inc. has brought together knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building experts so that homeowners have access to a wealth of resources in one location.

Explore every facet of the home, from the smallest design detail to the largest house addition. Professionals will be on hand to share knowledge to bring your ideas to life or inspire you with new ones.

Check out the latest innovations and design trends as experts will be showcasing everything for the home including, but not limited to, cabinetry and countertops, flooring, sunrooms and additions, basement finishing, waterproofing, smart home automation, energy-efficient windows and exterior products as well as the newest ideas pertaining to landscape installations.

The expo runs Friday-Sunday. For times and more information, go to www.homeshowcenter.com or www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com.