For many on the path to financial independence many things are cut from the budget in hopes that the extra few dollars saved here or there will make a large difference in the results of their finances.
One of the most common things for people to cut out is their entertainment. This might mean getting rid of cable, or not going to see live theatre or a variety of other ways that they cut back on their entertainment.
Luckily, there are many great ways to get entertainment for next to nothing. A great way to get free entertainment is to go to the library and get a book or a movie. Many libraries will allow you to check out movies for free. This way you can still watch great movies without having to pay anything.
If you like this idea, but are really more interested in events that you can go to there is a wide variety of things that you can do. Many towns have monthly programs where they do something such as having a movie night. With these events there is generally no admission cost. Also it is a great way to spend time with friends or make new friends.
In addition to the free things put on by the city there are many other options available. Most high schools have an athletics program and you can get in to watch the sport fairly cheaply with tickets often in the $3-$10 range. This might be a little bit too high for those few who are really trying to save as much money as they can. However, unless you are living paycheck to paycheck, $10 every now and then isn't going to hurt anyone.
If sports aren't your thing many of these same schools have a fine arts program where they might do concerts or theatrical productions. Again these might have a small fee to pay, but it is remarkably less than the amount you would have to pay for a bigger, professional concert. Not only is it cheaper, but often it can be eye opening to see the large amounts of talent that are present in high schoolers.
Sure you might have financial goals, I know that I do, but if I don't take sometime to have fun and be entertained then I quickly get burned out and don't see what the purpose is of trying to achieve my goal. I begin to think of it as something that is too big for me to ever accomplish, and I get discouraged. However, when I am able to incorporate some entertainment into my schedule I find that I am much happier, and ready to take on my challenges.
There are clearly lots of options available when it comes to being entertained for cheap. This is just a short list that I was able to come up with in a relatively short amount of time. If you have any more things that you do for cheap entertainment please let me know by leaving a comment below.