having fun http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6718/all en-US 8 Ways to Save Money on Entertainment http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-money-on-entertainment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-save-money-on-entertainment" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fun-4748342-small.jpg" alt="concert" title="concert" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="174" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sure, times are tough, but that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun. Here are eight ideas that will allow you to enjoy some entertainment and save money, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend" title="47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a>)</p> <p>1. Discount days, or even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free" title="How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free">free admission</a> days, are a great way to save money on entertainment at zoos, galleries, museums, and even some theaters. Check your local venues for specials.</p> <p>2. Are you a theater, concert, or sports lover, but can't afford the steep ticket prices? Consider a part-time job or volunteer position at the event. You may find yourself doing some menial work, but you'll also probably have the opportunity to catch most of the event -- and get paid for it!</p> <p>3. Our neighborhood Ultrastar theater has &quot;Cheapskate Tuesday.&quot; Most theaters also offer discounts for seniors and kids, but everyone can save money on certain days and certain times, usually in the afternoon on a weekday. If you go with a group of friends or co-workers, you can usually get a group discount, too.</p> <p>4. Speaking of movies, do you know if you have a Netflix subscription you can watch thousands of movies and TV episodes free on your computer, Blu-Ray DVD player, Wii, PS3, XBox, or the new Apple TV? Yup, they have a huge collection of movies that they stream over the Internet. You can watch anytime you want for no additional charge while you wait for the next Netflix DVD to come in the mail.</p> <p>5. You'll find movies at your local library, too, as well as music CDs, video games, and, by the way, books &mdash; all for free. They also offer lectures, music, and other library-sponsored events that are all free, too. While yore there, the Friends of the Library <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-library-sale" title="5 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Library Sale">bookstore</a> is a great place to buy books for pennies on a dollar.</p> <p>6. If you're going out, babysitting can cost as much or more than your tickets. See if friends, family, or neighbors will trade babysitting responsibilities &mdash; you watch theirs one night, then they watch yours another.</p> <p>7. And if you're out for an afternoon of fun, consider visiting that new restaurant you wanted to try. Lunch menus are priced lower than dinner menus. Look for coupons, too. Two-for-One deals are common.</p> <p>8. Finally, if you're a student, military service member, or a senior, be sure to ask for discounts. For that matter, don't forget to ask for AAA, AARP, or other membership discounts. Even some clothing retailers, for example, offer AAA discounts.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-money-on-entertainment" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Ways to Save Money on Entertainment" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kate-lister">Kate Lister</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/frugal-living/entertainment">Entertainment articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment discounts having fun save money Thu, 16 Sep 2010 13:00:17 +0000 Kate Lister 237862 at http://www.wisebread.com The Financial Balancing Act: Musings on Balancing Being Responsible with Having Fun http://www.wisebread.com/the-financial-balancing-act-musings-on-balancing-being-responsible-with-having-fun <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-financial-balancing-act-musings-on-balancing-being-responsible-with-having-fun" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/balancing_act.jpg" alt="Balancing act" title="Balancing act" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="160" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes, balancing debt (or staying out of it) with fun things we really enjoy brings up hard questions. You know that you need to pay down debt or that you&#39;re barely making ends meet as it is, yet you want to see that movie, buy that purse, or take that vacation. How do you decide what to do? </p> <p>Ramit, over at <a href="http://iwillteachyoutoberich.com" title="Iwillteachyoutoberich">Iwillteachyoutoberich</a>, provides a great illustration for this question. Yesterday, he <a href="http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/when-your-debt-feels-like-your-arm" title="When Your Debt Feels LIke Your Arm">posted</a> about a friend of his who was going to charge an international trip in spite of having over $6000 in credit card debt. When he talked to his friend about not going and instead putting the money toward the debt, his friend replied that the debt had been there for a long time, so it didn&#39;t matter when it got paid off. Ramit found that fascinating.</p> <p>I&#39;m not sure it&#39;s fascinating so much as it is normal, at least for those who live with debt or who can barely make ends meet. Living with debt (even &quot;good&quot; debt, like student loans or a good mortgage) can be draining. The debt starts to haunt many of your financial decisions. When you have to get the car fixed so you can go to work, you think about how you could be paying extra on your loans. When you get your hair cut, you wonder if it&#39;s wrong for you to go to the stylist you&#39;ve seen for years because there&#39;s a cheaper place down the street. It can get into your life and make everything a little less brilliant, a little darker and more discouraging.</p> <p>One way to counteract that seems to be doing something that makes you feel like you have the money to do what you want. For some, that&#39;s a new pair of shoes. For others, it&#39;s a spa day. For others, it&#39;s a trip around the world. When you&#39;re in debt or struggling financially, that tendency is always there. &quot;I&#39;m not rich,&quot; we think, &quot;and that&#39;s hard. I would feel so much better if I was just free to buy that X.&quot; And instead of paying off the debt so that we can actually be free, we often choose to enslave ourselves more for the false feeling of freedom that comes from doing or buying something we really want.</p> <p>I don&#39;t think that those of us with debt need to be reclusive, never going out unless it&#39;s free or close to it. I don&#39;t even think we need to stay home, to not take vacations, to never get out and get away. But we need to monitor WHY we want those things, and we need to take care of our responsibilities first. </p> <p>When I think about it, this is what I come up with: If I ponder for a while and realize that I HAVE always wanted to see Thailand and the perfect time to do it is coming up, I think it&#39;s fine to make minimum payments for several months so that I can save the money I would have put toward debt for a trip. The payments are made, I&#39;m on top of it, but I&#39;m also responsibly heading towards a goal. On the other hand, it also seems fine to realize that Thailand is important and redouble my committment toward paying off my debt so I can go on this tour the next time it comes around. What wouldn&#39;t be fine would be for me to hear that my friends are going to Thailand and put a deposit on my credit card because traveling makes me feel better, before I even think about whether it&#39;s important to me to go. </p> <p>And yet, I&#39;m sure that what I&#39;ve said above is only the beginning of my thoughts on the subject. I might change my mind later. And what about little things? Is it different if it&#39;s a $10 movie rather than a $2000 plane ticket? And I&#39;m sure you don&#39;t all agree with me. So tell you think? How do you balance debt and fun?</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-financial-balancing-act-musings-on-balancing-being-responsible-with-having-fun" class="sharethis-link" title="The Financial Balancing Act: Musings on Balancing Being Responsible with Having Fun" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Budgeting Debt Management Art and Leisure balancing act balancing finances being responsible debt and fun having fun Wed, 11 Jul 2007 23:32:49 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 826 at http://www.wisebread.com