How to Save Money on Entertainment While Still Having Fun
One of the easiest ways to save money is to cut back on your entertainment budget. However, if you don’t do this mindfully, you’re likely to get stressed out and frustrated by the entire process, and give up on budgeting altogether.
Today I want to give you some ideas about how to have fun without breaking the bank.
Instead of going out with friends….
Host a potluck at your place! Cooking at home is cheaper than eating out, but cooking at home for several people is often more expensive than eating out for one. Solve this problem by hosting a potluck. Everybody brings a dish to share, the expense is spread out, and you still get to hang out with your friends!
The best part of this is that you can customize the experience to be whatever you want it to be. Whether it’s just dinner with friends, or dinner + drinks, or dinner + drinks + karaoke, or dinner + a movie, you can get a very similar experience for less than half of the cost by doing it at home.
I don’t know about y’all, but going out with friends is the vast majority of my entertainment budget. The more you can hang out with people at home, the better.
Instead of going to expensive events….
Look for free events in your area! The bigger your city, the more often these events take place. Think street fairs, art walks, concerts in the park, and more. You can find these free events by searching the internet or social media for “free events [your city]”.
Some venues that usually charge admission, such as museums, zoos, and aquariums, will occasionally have a free admission day on a national holiday, or once a month. Look into it to see what might be available in your area!
If you’re interested in an event that isn’t free, see if you can volunteer! You might be able to see most of the concert/play/speaker for the price of collecting tickets, showing people to their seat, or picking up trash. You might even be able to get a part-time job at a local event venue and make a little extra money while doing it!
Instead of buying media (books, movies, etc)…
Look for it at your local library! If you don’t have a local library card, you need to get one ASAP. Often all you need to get one is your driver’s license or other form of identification. If you didn’t know, libraries have way more than books. They also have music, movies, TV shows, magazines, and even video games available for checkout. Some libraries have other interesting items too, such as camping gear. The only way to know for sure what’s available at your library is to ask!
Libraries also host lots of varied and free events, for people of all ages. You can often find these events listed on their website, or ask a librarian about them in person.
If all else fails….
Look for a discount! A lot of places offer discounts for students and military members, and general discounts for certain days of the week or times of day. For example, movie theaters often offer matinee prices for movies shown earlier in the day, or on Tuesdays. The lunch menu at restaurants is cheaper than the dinner menu, or they might have an early bird special.
What did I miss?
What are your favorite ways of saving money on entertainment? Let me know in the comments!