Thursday, June 10, 2010

Maximizing your entertainment Dollar.

Entertainment can get pretty expensive, but there are a few great ways to save money without ruining the weekend.

1. Maximize your movie watching experience. Movie theaters are extremely expensive and should be avoided at full price. Hit a Matinee and enjoy the same movie for half the price. Not to mention missing the headache long lines and crappy front row seats. If you don't absolutely have to see the movie right away, wait for it to hit the dollar theatre and enjoy it for well under the original price. MILK your netflix account, if you don't have one I would seriously consider getting one. I wont buy a DVD ever again. If I really want to watch something I just throw it in the Que and have it in a day or so. Rather than putting the finished movies in my mail box and waiting for the mail lady to pick it up. I drop them off at the post office on my way to school to ensure they go out that day. With the local shipping center near by I can get my next movie the next day. This can save some serious cash!
2. Cancel your cable: I hate watching commercials! I also hate the suspense that my favorite TV shows leave me with each week. So I wait till the end of the season and then put it in my netflix so I can watch it over a weekend.
Many stations like NBC and Fox let you watch current season episodes on the web. You still have to watch a few commercials but they are shorter and you can often optimize the ads to things you don't mind learning about.
Check out hulu.com to watch episodes online for free.
3. If you are looking for a night out on the town avoid spending too much on drinks. Find a local music cafe where you can go with your friends and enjoy free live music while you eat. It's a great way to spend an evening.
4. Head to the beach or a local park. Typically the fee is very low and is a great way to spend a Saturday enjoying the outdoors.

What are some of your cheap entertaining ideas?

1 comment:

  1. Like the new look.

    One thing we love is the netflix streaming. They aren't usually new movies (although the current starz movies are available) but If we want something to watch we often check there. The other thing we love is redbox for newer DVDs - can't beat $1 a night and often we use promo codes to get a free rental. Currently they are running a rent two at one time get a free rental code in an email.

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