Entertainment can be a sucker for your hard earned dollars. Take a night at the movies for two people:
- Movie tickets: $8.50 each
- Concessoins: $5.00 each (conservative)
- Transportation to movie
- Pre/post movie meal
This could easily be a $27.00 date.
If you need to tighten the financial belt there is a way to cut costs but not fun.
- Check Community Events
Most cities have a place for residents to check on upcoming events. If there is a school nearby and the students are putting on a play or recital, consider stopping by.
- Score local deals
I’ve seen them, you’ve probably seen them too. Your favorite restaurant has appetizers half off after 9pm. That bar your friends frequent has two-for-one happy hours between 4-6 and 9-11.
This option might take a little more looking but it would be worth your time.
Consider going to an afternoon movie instead of the night showing. This option could shave $2 off of each ticket, depending on the theater. Some theaters also have one day a week where the tickets are cheaper. Friday night Premiers are fun and exciting but the movie will be around for a bit. It’s ok to wait to see it
These places are great for free entertainment. They either have events of their own going on, are hosting a community or at the very least have plenty of borrow-able entertainment options.
Instead of buying that new book, get on the list to borrow it for free. The same can be said for Magazines and movies.
- Streaming media
A starter plan for TV channels can hover around $40 a month. The number of channels varies by provider, but out of those how many channels will you watch and how often will you be around to watch? Both Netflix and Hulu+ cost $8 a month. You could also share the subscription with a friend and lower the cost even more.
If you don’t want to pay a penny, Hulu can also be free, but your options are restricted a little. Coke and Popcorn is good for running and discontinued shows. And if you like anime and cartoons try Watch Cartoons Online.
- Staying in
Who says you have to go out to have a good time? Get a couple of friends together for a potluck and a movie someone already owns.
Converse over a pot of coffee with home cooked snacks. Better for you and your wallet.
Consider a family game night.