How to Cut Entertainment Expenses

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In this article today I’d like to talk about several tips, tricks, and techniques that almost everybody can use to dramatically and drastically cut ordinary entertainment expenses.

Times are tough for almost everybody. Who could have imagined that the recession that began towards the end of 2008 would still be going strong well into 2010, with absolutely no sign of letting up anytime soon?

Now it’s more important than ever to save as much money as possible on just about everything we can. Nobody likes to cut out entertainment because we all need to unwind from time to time. Luckily you don’t have to cut your entertainment because I’ve got several tips that can help you save a ton of money in this area and that’s what I’m going to talk about today.

First, consider college and university events. Most people live either in a town that has a college or a short distance away from a college. Many universities offer a ton of free events including lectures, movies, concerts, sporting events, and even live performances. You’ll be surprised how many of these are completely free, but even the ones that aren’t free usually cost just a fraction of what you would spend anywhere else on entertainment. Contact the student activities center and ask for public events for a list of these type of things, or check the school’s web site.

Along the same vein, consider continuing education classes. Many of these types of classes are offered in the evening and though you won’t usually get credit for them in an academic sense, they can be incredibly fun if you can find one in an area that you’re interested in. They aren’t are all academic in nature, they can be about just about anything you can imagine. Check the college’s websites for course listings.

Next, consider movie matinees which are simply movies that are shown in the early evening or late afternoon. Quite often these matinees cost half as much as the regular showing. An added benefit is that these matinees are usually much less crowded so that you’ll stand in line less and also have more elbow room in the theater itself. Of course they’ll still try and hit you with high-priced concession items, so bring your own candy if you are so inclined.

For low-cost travel entertainment, consider a house swap with a friend who lives in another city. Basically what happens is you take their house for a weekend or a week and they take yours. That way both of you gets a nice little vacation in a new city without any cost for lodging. Ask your friend to create a to-do list for you that lists several local attractions that you may want to explore while you are there; and you be sure to do the same for them.

So there you have several very simple tips, tricks, and tactics that anybody can use to save a ton of money on entertainment expenses. Even though we’re in the middle of a terrible recession, it doesn’t mean you can’t still go out and have a good time and with these tips hopefully you can do it without breaking the bank.

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