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Money matters: Entertainment

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

  • Libraries

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┬áis 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.

 

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