Pinching Entertainment Pennies
- Have Fun at Home with Friends and Family
- Rent a DVD instead of going to the movies
- Better yet, go to the library and borrow one for free
- Cook a nice meal at home instead of going out
- Play a musical instrument
- Play a board game such as checkers or chess
- Play a computer game or do a jig saw puzzle
- Restaurants – Everyone knows it is more expensive to eat in a restaurant than to cook and eat at home. But sometimes it is nice to have a treat and go out. The trick is to plan and budget for it. And watch for specials.
Movies – Go to the matinee which is generally cheaper than evening shows.
Shows - Get a bunch of friends together and see if you can get a group rate.
Freebees in Town – Some cities have free access to museums. Many have nice parks to walk in or have a picnic. And sometimes there is even a free concert to enjoy.
Student Discounts – Many museums, sporting events and shows offer discounts to students and other groups. Check it out.
- Early bird specials
- Half-off second meal
What NOT to Do
- Don’t make a habit of getting take-out coffee or a frozen drink at a fancy coffee shop
- Don’t buy a crummy but expensive sandwich for lunch at a corner take-out. Instead, brown-bag it for a quarter of the price.
And Finally …
Smoking is an expensive and unhealthy habit.
If you smoke, now is the time to quit.