Entertainment is something we all love and enjoy, but it can be expensive. Here are a few tips on how to save on entertainment and still have fun.
Entertainment is a key part of our lives and it’s best to just accept that. Having fun is important for our mental and physical health. But if you aren’t careful, tickets, supplies, and hobbies can really drain your wallet. If you aren’t wise about your entertainment budget, it can overtake your expenses. So how can you reduce your entertainment spending while getting to do the things you love? Just apply these 15 tips and you’ll save on entertainment while still having fun!
1. Volunteer at Events and Performances
Are you a big fan of live entertainment like theatre, sports, or concerts? Volunteering is a great way to not only see great entertainment, but you can become a part of it in some small way. You can volunteer at your local library, community arts center, stadium, or theater. You can volunteer to help with props set up, with lights, ushering, or working the ticket stand. If you’re helping out backstage during a theater performance then you’ll even have the best seats in the house. Then you can go to games, events, or performances for free because you are working the event! Not only will you be able to watch the show for free, but you will also reap the benefits of helping others.
2. Save on Movie Tickets
Are you an avid moviegoer? Going to movies can add up and can easily become a very expensive hobby. Save significantly by purchasing tickets on sales and during promotions. Some movie theatres offer 50% off movie tickets once a week. Find out if you’re theater has a discounted movie ticket day once a week and make your movie-going plans accordingly to save some money on movie tickets. A lot of movie theaters will also have cheaper tickets depending on the time of day you choose to go. Keeping all these movie ticket discount tips in mind will quickly save you money!
Another option is attending the dollar theatre. The dollar theater may not be as nice as the other theaters but it still has a big screen, contains excellent speakers and sells popcorn. You can have a very similar experience for a much cheaper price.
3. Attend Events at Local Universities
Don’t worry you don’t have to take classes or exams. Universities are always thriving with activities and events that you can typically attend for little to no cost. The university’s theater and music programs will often have performances that anyone can go to, and if there are tickets they’re generally inexpensive. You can check out their website for upcoming events like theatre productions, art exhibits, guest lectures and much more. Staying involved with events at your local university is also a great way to stay connected to your community and learn new things.
4. Go to Minor League Games
Minor league games may not have superstars on their roster, but their games offer cheaper concessions and cheaper tickets. Best of all, you watch players rise to stardom and experience the intimacy of a minor league or college level game. You can make friends with other members of your local community and get involved in the sports of your own town. Going to local high school games are also a great way to support your public schools because most often the money from their tickets and concessions go toward the students and their school.
5. Buy Used
Head to your local thrift store to save on entertainment. At thrift stores, you can buy used books, games, DVDs, and CDs. You can stock up your personal bookshelves at home for incredibly low prices. Most new books, even if you get the paperback version, are going to cost at least $10. At your local thrift shop, you can buy a book for as little as 50 cents! A lot of these used items can be in great condition too so you won’t even know the difference. Antique shops and local markets are also great places to buy some quality used items for half their original prices.
6. Get Outside
Thanks to Mother Nature, there are tons of cheap forms of entertainment right outside your door. Consider getting into hiking, biking, running, fishing, kayaking, or camping. These hobbies will only cost you the supplies you might need, but there are free places to bike and hike almost wherever you are. Not only are outdoor hobbies fun but you can easily do them with other people. Outdoor fun can also be really healthy for you mentally and physically. Experience the beautiful nature and save money!
7. Student Deals
If you’re a student, then you might be missing out on some great student deals. Wherever you are going, it is always smart to bring your student ID card, because if you can prove you’re a student a lot of places will give you a discount. You will be amazed by how many museums, theme parks, or even local stores offer great student discounts. Don’t be afraid to ask places about the discounts they offer. Even if you aren’t a student, there could be other discounts they offer that could apply to you.
8. Clip the Coupons
Before heading out the door to your next activity, do a quick online search for discount coupons. Many entertainment venues offer discounts or specials that can really add up your savings over time. You can find coupons and vouchers online, or with Groupon. You should also consider purchasing a coupon book for local businesses and venues because they probably all have their own specific sales. These books are packed full of hundreds of coupons offering great deals and special offers.
9. Find the Freebies
Some say that entertainment is never free. However, if you check your local paper or search online for “free concerts” in your area, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised at the results. Check out the entertainment section of your local newspaper, or search on Facebook for free events near you. You’ll be surprised how much fun you can have in your local area for little to no cost.
10. Find Your Priorities
The best way to save money while still having fun is by determining what activities are truly fun for you. Maybe you don’t really love basketball games as much as your siblings do. Perhaps reading really isn’t your thing after all. Make a list of your top 10 favorite activities and star the ones that are most important to you. Then you can find ways to fit these hobbies and pastimes into your budget. Then circle all the activities you love that are or could be free. Then you’ll have a list of free activity ideas that you already know you love for when you’re bored and need something to do.
Fun doesn’t have to be expensive. You can save on the past times you love and you can find new past times that cost less. Don’t be afraid to try new things if it means saving on the entertainment section of your budget while still enjoying yourself.