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12 Ways to Save Money on Entertainment

Updated on September 3, 2011
Piggy Banks
Piggy Banks

Things are constantly getting more expensive and entertainment is no different. Have you gone to a movie recently? It can cost you $50 just for 2 tickets, popcorn and a drink! But yet if you stay home you can do it for $10! This is just one of many things that you can do to economize with your entertainment.

Combine Services – See if you can combine your TV, Internet and phone together to get a better price. This will be helpful when it comes to utility costs and will help your budget.

Re-evaluate Services – Are you truly using those services you subscribe to now? Could you move to less channels or get a slower Internet rate? Maybe you could subscribe to Netflix for cheaper and get more? You can also watch TV on the Internet with services such as Hulu (not available to Canadians) or by going to the networks website.

Watch Less TV – This can help in a variety of ways as you will use less electricity and likely get more done. You will not be exposed to the commercials and as a result, you will not want to buy all those things that they want you to. You will also enjoy the decrease in utility costs.

Borrow – If you have a library card, you can borrow movies from your local library. These may be a bit older but you could have a classic night and watch those ones you haven’t seen yet. Don’t forget that the library has books and magazines that you can borrow in addition to movies and television shows. Just make sure you return them on time to avoid late fees.

Rent – If you cannot find a place to borrow items from, you may want to consider renting them. Many movies stores rent not only movies but video games including the game consoles. They also rent tv shows if you need to catch up on one.

Swap Groups – Chances are, you can find other people to swap with. This might be movies, games, books or board games. It’s a great way to experience the current items without spending the money on them.

Online Shopping – If you really cannot do without owning the item, then look for it online. There are many reputable shopping sites with more cropping up all the time where you can get the item for a fraction of the cost. Remember to take the cost of shipping into account when determining if it’s a good deal.

Make Things – More people are starting to make their gifts due to the cost savings. This is definitely something you can do but it may require more time, so get started early. Consumables are a great option as they tend to get used versus something which will collect dust. You could make food, candles, spa type products or craft items.

Find Other Activities – Try doing different things to entertain yourself and your family that do not cost money. Go for a walk, read books, use the bikes that are collecting dust in the garage or many other activities. Get creative and see how many ideas you can come up with that do not cost any money.

City Activities – No matter where you live, there may be different free activities going on. If your city/town has a website, check it out and see what types of activities you may find. You may be surprised to find out what types of free entertainment are available for you to attend.

Invite Everyone Over – Instead of going out with your friends to a restaurant for supper, invite them all over and have a potluck. Get everyone to bring their favourite board game or a favourite movie and the group can decide on what they want to do. How about going outside and watch a movie under the stars on a portable dvd player? Depending on the size of the group, you could even split up if some prefer one activity over the other.

Entertaining Children – Spend time with your kids and encourage them to use their imagination. This might be something such as playing dress up and seeing where it goes or pretending you are a dragon and they have to catch you. If you prefer something more quiet, maybe some colouring pages or a puzzle. Even something as simple as laying in the back yard and reading a book in the afternoon can be a great bonding experience.

With a bit of imagination and planning, there are many ways that you can cut down your spending on entertainment. Do you have other ideas?


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    • Megan Coogle profile image

      Megan Coogle 6 years ago from Alabama

      I switched over from cable to netflix and hulu. I love it. I get to watch what I want when I want and it saved a huge amount of money on the cable/internet bill. Great hub!

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      Katherine Koch 6 years ago from Southern California

      Nextflix here, too. And my favorite network TV show online. It's one day off, but who cares when you don't have a cable bill. I also find lots of books, games and even craft stuff at the thrift store or yard sales.

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      DRidge 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, MS

      Me, too! They have the best kid shows. They're always getting new tv show & movies, too. We only get streaming and it' like $8.53 a month for unlimited viewing.

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      We have Netflix, and it's saved me a lot of money. I used to have a terrible habit of buying DVDs.