Entertainment doesn’t have to be synonymous with expensive. Reconfigure your entertainment expenditures with these great tips!
Eschew the theater. Rather than racking up a huge tab at your movie theater, stay in and stage your own movie night. You can rent DVDs from your local Redbox, subscribe to Netflix, or stream from Hulu. Pop your own popcorn or pick up treats for a fraction of the cost at your supermarket.
Find frugal attractions. You can still go out without spending a fortune. Many libraries hold free events, and parks, museums, and universities offer a multitude of cheap (or free) activities. You can even google your city and state followed by “free concert” for low- or no-cost shows.
Ditch your cable. Cut back to the most basic cable package or get rid of it altogether. You can access many of your favorite shows using Netflix, Hulu, or network TV websites. Cringing yet? If you’re not willing to give up cable, you often renegotiate the terms of your contract. Call your provider and let them know you’ll be cancelling if they can’t offer you a better deal.
Listen cheaply. Do you normally buy your favorite artist’s entire album? You can often save money by purchasing individual songs. Music-streaming services like Pandora or Spotify can also provide you with free access to hundreds of thousands of songs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (They offer premium services, too!)
Trawl for deals. Groupon, Living Social, and Amazon Local are great for snagging the best deals! Instead of splurging on a full-price dinner, massage, or pedicure, check these deal sites first. You can also use them to plan trips—both for the trip itself, and for local attractions.
Attend Happy Hour. Steer your friends toward happy hour rather than dinner. You can have appetizers and drinks on the cheap without seeming like you’re trying to be cheap.
What’s your favorite way to save on entertainment?