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How to Save Money on Entertainment

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

In recent years, I’ve found myself going out less and enjoying other things more at home — like cooking dinner with friends or taking a nice long walk through t

1. Have friends over more.

One of the best ways to save money on entertainment (and have fun in the process) is to have friends over. You can:

  • Have your friends over more often, which will allow you to get together with them and do things like watch a movie or play board games, and
  • Invite your friends into your home for events, such as birthdays or dinner parties.

2. Stop eating out so often.

  • Stop eating out so often.

To save money on food, you have to eat at home more often—and that means learning how to be a great cook. I'm not saying this because I think it's what you should do; I'm saying this because it is the only way (that I know of) for an individual or family to save significant amounts of money over the long term. You can't expect to spend less on groceries if you're also spending more on takeout and restaurants every week—you'll just keep buying more items from the same list of expensive foodstuffs every month! So stop eating out as much, and start cooking at home as much as possible.

In addition to being cheaper than going out, cooking at home has some huge benefits over ordering delivery or going through a drive-thru:* You know exactly what's in your food.* It takes less time than waiting around for something else.* If you make too much for one meal (or two meals), it will keep in the fridge for several days without getting soggy or moldy.* You know exactly how much salt, sugar or fat is in each serving.* You can cook whatever you want whenever you feel like it--no special orders required!

3. Read public library books instead of buying new ones.

Libraries are a great place to get your reading material for free. If you’re looking for something new, or just want to try something different, there's no better place than the library.

The library has so many options when it comes to finding books that you’ll never be bored with your choices. And if you find yourself wanting another book after checking out several from the library, then this will save money in the long run because instead of buying each book individually for $15-$50 each, you can borrow them from your local library and return them whenever needed without incurring additional costs.

Additionally, some libraries also offer digital versions of their books which means that instead of having bookshelves full of paperbacks or hardcover books taking up space in your home (and sometimes getting damaged), all those titles are available digitally through their website! This means that there is no waiting around at all because everything happens instantly once clicked upon - no shipping fees either!

4. Get rid of your cable TV subscription and switch to streaming services, or just cut the cord entirely and watch free programming on your TV’s antenna.

The average cable TV subscription costs about $100 a month. That’s about $1,200 per year!

The good news is you don’t need to spend that much money on entertainment. You can watch free programming on your TV's antenna and sometimes even on streaming services. The best part? All of these options are cheaper than a cable bill.

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5. Rinse and repeat with your Internet subscription and/or your cell phone plan, too!

Look, if you’re reading this article, we can safely assume that you have access to a computer and the Internet. Congratulations! You already have many of the tools necessary to quit your job and spend the rest of your life traveling around the world like a bohemian artist without having to get any money from your parents or anything like that.

Just think about it: instead of paying for cable TV or cell phone service or Internet access every month—or all three—you can use those savings instead for travel expenses! You’ll be able to see so much more than ever before thanks to all those cool apps that exist now (like Google Maps). And even if they don't exist yet, there's always Uber!

6. Put your car in park sometimes — take public transportation, carpool, bike, or walk instead (and save the gas money).

  • Put your car in park sometimes — take public transportation, carpool, bike, or walk instead (and save the gas money).
  • Use a credit card that gives you cash back rewards on groceries and gas purchases.
  • Consider alternatives to cable TV like Netflix and Hulu Plus for entertainment purposes.

The bottom line is that if you want to save money on entertainment then you'll have to be willing to make some changes in your lifestyle.

7. Take advantage of free museum days, even if this means visiting at unusual times!

  • Take advantage of free museum days, even if this means visiting at unusual times!

Many museums have "free museum" days, where admission is waived for all visitors. This can be a great way to save money on entertainment. However, if you're thinking about going during peak hours (weekends and holidays), think again! Many museums will charge a hefty fee for those who visit during these times. If you want the best bang for your buck (and don't mind being slightly out of the mainstream), try going in early morning or late afternoon on an off day. You might just find yourself with more time than usual to explore your favorite exhibits without feeling rushed by larger crowds or having to wait in line behind someone else's kid who won't stop whining about wanting ice cream after seeing a dinosaur skeleton in person instead of through their iPad screen while riding home from preschool like they promised they wouldn't do when mommy asked them nicely not too before leaving earlier that morning....

All you need for entertainment is what’s already around you!

The truth is that you don't need to spend a lot of money to have fun. You can have a fun time with friends without going out to eat, reading a book without buying it, watching TV without cable and going to the museum without paying.

It's important not to underestimate the power of free activities in your life and how much they can improve your quality of life!


Entertainment is all around you, and the best part? It’s free! You don’t need to rely on expensive nights out or trips to the movies. With these easy tips, we hope you can save money and enjoy yourself at home with friends and family.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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