We all need entertainment in our lives but this typically comes at a price.
People can only spend so many nights playing charades with friends or family members before getting bored.
Keeping life exciting is important and with a little creativity, we can do it without spending more than can be afforded.
Follow this plan to stay entertained without expenses becoming an issue.
Make A Plan To Save Money In The Long Term
Spur-of-the-moment entertainment is typically the most expensive. When people decide to attend a concert or the theater at the last minute, they do not usually comparison-shop for tickets.
Reviewing local event calendars to plan entertainment outings in advance provides time to compare ticket prices online. In the process, some people find a more reasonably priced event that they would prefer to attend.
By saving cash, they have funds left over for the next show.
Attending sporting events and visiting theme parks and historical sites as a large group can pay off because group discounts may be available. Everyone saves money and the group creates a shared memory. Contact the venue in advance to learn blackout dates and times for group discounts and plan accordingly. When food is available, find out whether reduced group pricing extends to dining options.
Look For Coupons
Groceries and clothing are not the only things that go on sale. Coupons lower the cost of admission to parks, shows, and even the movies. Look for these in newspapers, magazines, and the venue website. Some stores and fast food restaurants offer these coupons at checkout registers so pick up a few to enjoy an outing at a reduced price.
Schools may send children home with discounted tickets to museums and other educational experiences so check backpacks to find these deals hidden amongst the homework.
Sometimes, you need to spend to save but this can still be worth it. Look on the bottom and back of store receipts for entertainment coupons. Check food boxes and cans because some venues advertise their discounts on sponsored products. You may need to bring the container to the venue to receive the discount so designate a shelf in the pantry to store these.
Museums, aquariums, and other entertainment spots sometimes offer free admission days so look on the venue website or in a city guide to find these details. Some museums and galleries offer free admission every day, no coupons required. The British Museum, Natural History Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and two of the Tate galleries are included in this list.