Keeping your budget in check and having a good time often don’t go hand in hand and if you’re not careful, all those trips to the movies and restaurant meals can put a serious dent in your bank balance, but it doesn’t have to. It is perfectly possible to keep yourself, and your family entertained without it costing the earth.
Here are some ways you can enjoy your favorite forms of entertainment for less:
Sign up for Dining Deals
Many restaurants and food chains periodically offer deals and vouchers to the people who are signed up to their newsletters. So, log on to your favorite eateries’ websites, give them your email address and wait for the deals to roll into your inbox.
Host a Game Night
If you live for spending time with your friends, but you’re finding it difficult to afford all those theater trips, late night drinking sessions, and bowling battles, why not host your own game night instead? Most of your friends will have a few board games or console classics, so ask them each to bring one along, buy some cheap booze and have yourself a good old time that won’t cost you more than a bottle of wine or two.
Change Your TV Subscription
Switching from cable to a bundle internet and DIRECTV subscription, or getting your TV solely from streaming sites will cut the cost of your home-based entertainment significantly, which means you will have more money to play with it comes to outside entertainment, or you’ll be able to put more money aside each month.
If eating out with friends is your thing, you’ll all save a small fortune by switching to regular potluck dinners. As each guest to bring along a course and you’ll be able to eat like kings on a budget. Just be sure that you each take turns to play host so that none of you end up shouldering the bulk of the cleaning up or the utility costs.
See a Show at a Second-Run Theater
Instead of rushing to see the latest superhero movie the second it hits the theaters, wait for a few weeks and see it at the second-run theater. You’ll save several dollars, which will add up over time if you’re an avid theater goer and help you save for those important things you want in life.
Take Advantage of Free Rentals
If you’re signed up to Google Play, Redbox, and other rental companies, you will find that they often send you free rental codes or money off vouchers, which you can use to see a great movie for free.
Buy Humble Bundles
If gaming is your entertainment of choice, you can make huge savings by joining Steam and buying their humble bundles, which give you access to multiple games for just a few dollars. You’ll be able to have hours of entertainment and build up your collection for a fraction of the price the average console game would set you back.
What do you do when you want to save money on entertainment?