If the entertainment budget is small, you do not need to lock yourself at home and draw pictures with crayons for fun. There are ways to get out of the house and live it up without wiping out the piggy bank. Use some of these methods and you will not put much of a dent in the wallet.
Step 1: Purchase theater tickets at the last minute. Theaters may sell these rush tickets at a fraction of the regular price in order to fill up seats. Call the local theater or contact a consolidated discount ticket booth.
Step 2: Get free DVDs and books from your local library. You can also join a book club and get several books at no charge with the requirement of purchasing a few at discount rates over the next several years.
Step 3: Get a volunteer or paid job at a concert or sporting venue. This may provide you the opportunity to see a large portion of the show or game.
Step 4: Look for discount and free days at theaters, zoos, theme parks, galleries, and museums.
Step 5: If you have children, trade babysitting duties with a friend or neighbor who also does. You can watch their kids one weekend night and they can watch yours the other.
Step 6: When attending movies, go to the matinee. The tickets are cheaper. If you purchase theater box candy at the grocery store (shhh-don’t tell), you will save tons of money on snacks.
Step 7: Try a new restaurant for lunch. The prices on the lunch menu are usually cheaper than those on the dinner menu. Often, the meals are the same, just smaller portions.
Step 8: Purchase tickets as a group to take advantage of bulk discounts. Concert and sporting event ticket prices can be reduced by ten percent or more when purchased in bulk.