With a bit of creativity and pre-planning, you can trim your recreation budget without feeling pinched. We’ve listed a variety of ways to save on entertainment costs.
Attend amateur sporting events
Instead of spending big on professional sporting events, get your fix at local high school or college games. You’ll get the same excitement and a game featuring top talent without the high price tag.
Volunteering your time and service at local organizations provides an outlet and the opportunity to meet new people. Reach out to local soup kitchens, animal shelters, food banks, and hospitals to see how you can help.
Turn a hobby into income
If you’re crafty, you can make money through your hobby by selling your creations on sites like eBay, Etsy, or Facebook Marketplace. Use some of the money you earn to purchase fresh supplies and improve your skills.
Workout at home
Get your workout at home by checking out workout videos on YouTube. You can also get your heart pumping by going for a run in your neighborhood.
Spend less on dining out
Don’t visit a restaurant without checking for coupon codes and discounted gift certificates on sites like Restaurants.com. It’s also a good idea to eat slowly to give your body a chance to feel satiated by what you’ve already eaten.
Buy season passes
If you often visit the same entertainment center, consider getting a season pass. These may cost as little as two onetime tickets.
Attend local art shows
Check out local galleries for free events and shows for a night of fine art. Some towns also host monthly art walks featuring several galleries on display at no cost to the viewer.
Don’t let inflation deflate your fun! Use these tips to save on entertainment costs.