cheap activities http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9468/all en-US 10 Ways to Do LA On the Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-do-la-on-the-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-do-la-on-the-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_beach_day_000062117354.jpg" alt="Money finding ways to save money in LA" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's no secret that Los Angeles is expensive. In fact, it was ranked the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gobankingrates/los-angeles-ranked-second_b_6896700.html">second-worst U.S. city</a> for saving money. If you're living there, then rent is significantly higher than the national average, and if you're just planning a trip there, then hotels, airfare, food, and entertainment can really add up.</p> <p>Once you've taken advantage of an affordable travel package or found a great hotel deal, there are other ways to save money by living like the locals do. The best part about Los Angeles is the consistently beautiful weather, and we've found a number of ways for you to get even more from it. Whether you are living there or just spending a few days on vacation, we've compiled some tips to help save you money in the City of Angels.</p> <h2>1. Relax at the Beach</h2> <p>Southern California is famous for its beautiful beaches and coastline. You can visit famous spots like Newport Beach, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla Beach, Coronado Beach, Malibu, and Venice Beach. Whichever beach you choose, it can provide endless hours of free entertainment.</p> <p>The Santa Monica Pier is home to a beautiful beach and boardwalk, complete with an admission-free amusement park, carousel, arcade, aquarium, shopping, food, and more. It's like visiting a theme park, without the high price tag.</p> <h2>2. Festivals Galore</h2> <p>There is always a festival going on somewhere in California. Visit the <a href="http://californiafairsandfestivals.com/">California Fairs and Festivals</a> page to find out what free events and festivals are happening near you. There are also <a href="http://golosangeles.about.com/od/thingstodoinlosangeles/a/LA_Art_Walks.htm">free art walks</a> throughout LA on a monthly and quarterly basis. Many galleries, office buildings, and even apartment complexes will host receptions. During this time, you can take advantage of free music, art, food, and drinks, all while taking in the sights and sounds of LA.</p> <h2>3. See the Hollywood Sights</h2> <p>Driving down Sunset, Hollywood, and Vine can give you a glimpse into the glamorous California lifestyle and provide perfect photo ops, like the famed Hollywood sign. If you want a true Hollywood experience, just park your car and visit the Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theater, Kodak Theater, and more, all within walking distance. Central to it all, the <a href="http://hollywoodandhighland.com/">Hollywood and Highland Center</a> also offers shopping, dining, and more, with $2 parking for up to two hours with validation.</p> <h2>4. Free (or Discounted) Tours</h2> <p>Tours are usually very affordable or free. You can take part in walking, biking, or bus tours, or you can take your time with an online tour or through a smartphone app like <a href="https://www.strayboots.com/locations/los-angeles/tours">Stray Boots</a>. You can also find deals on tours and attractions on discount sites like Groupon, Living Social, and Amazon Local Deals. Take advantage of free tours at locations like the Los Angeles City Hall and the Downtown LA Central Library.</p> <h2>5. Spend Time at the Park</h2> <p>Los Angeles offers beautiful sites and hiking trails through Runyon Canyon, Kenneth Hahn Park, and Griffith Park. You can enjoy the sights, go for a bike ride, or have a romantic picnic for two. Many of the parks, such as Grand Park and Bluff Park, even offer free yoga throughout the week. The options are limitless and none of them cost a thing. If you're serious about taking in California's beautiful National Parks, then consider getting a <a href="http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html">National Park Pass</a>. You'll be able to visit the parks as often as you like throughout the year, saving you money on admission fees.</p> <h2>6. Visit a Museum</h2> <p>Museums can provide tons of free entertainment, so take advantage of the <a href="http://freemuseumday.org/la.html">free museums in Los Angeles</a> to soak up some culture. The best free museums include the J. Paul Getty Museum, California Science Center, Griffith Observatory, Travel Town Museum, California African-American Museum, and the Fowler Museum at UCLA.</p> <h2>7. Forget the Theme Parks</h2> <p>The Venice Beach Boardwalk, Santa Monica Pier and Boardwalk, Universal CityWalk, and Downtown Disney can provide the theme park experience, without an entry fee. You can enjoy rides, shopping, food, and fun, all in a prime location. If you are intent on visiting one or more of California's theme parks (like Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm, Sea World, and Six Flags), consider purchasing a <a href="https://www.kijubi.com/prod/27042/Southern-California-CityPASS?aid=1018">Southern California CityPASS</a> or <a href="http://www.smartdestinations.com/los-angeles-attractions-and-tours/_d_Lax-p1.html?pass=Lax_Prod_Go">Go Los Angeles Card</a>, which offers savings of up to 55% on some of California's most popular theme parks, events, and attractions.</p> <h2>8. Shopping and Food</h2> <p>California is famous for its destination shopping centers, like Melrose and Rodeo Drive, but that can be really costly. If you're looking to find some of the latest trends without blowing your budget, then you can find some great deals in <a href="http://www.thesanteealley.com/">Santee Alley</a>. You can find discounted men's wear, women's wear, accessories, and more in this Fashion District stop. <a href="http://golosangeles.about.com/od/thingstodoinlosangeles/ig/Olvera-Street-Walking-Tour/">Olvera Street</a> is another fun stop where you can take advantage of some great bargains, authentic food, and an experience unique to Los Angeles. There are also some great local swap meets, like the Los Angeles City College Swap Meet, Rose Bowl Flea Market, Valley Indoor Swap Meet, and Slauson Super Mall, that offer unique and vintage finds at a bargain.</p> <p>Los Angeles is home to some of the best food in the world, but it comes at a high cost. Fortunately, you can get some great eats at a discount if you ask the locals, keep your eyes open, and shop at one of the many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-this-not-that-at-the-farmers-market">local farmers markets</a>. If you'll be visiting anytime from January through July, consider taking advantage of <a href="http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week">Los Angeles Restaurant Week</a>, where you can sample some of LA's best restaurants with a fixed menu at discounted prices. You can also take advantage of <a href="http://www.streetfoodcinema.com/">Street Food Cinema</a> and <a href="http://eatseehear.com/">Eat | See | Hear</a> for free live music, movie screenings, and local street fare.</p> <h2>9. Save on Transportation</h2> <p>There are a number of public transportation options, which can save you time and money, and help you avoid the famous Los Angeles traffic and parking. California weather is perfect for skateboarding, walking, and riding your bike to get around, but there are also some great public transportation options, including the Metro, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, and the Culver City Bus.</p> <h2>10. Free Entertainment</h2> <p>One great thing about being in such a big city is the endless free entertainment. You can have the true Hollywood experience by attending a free television show taping, take in the Rose Parade, and enjoy other unique experiences that won't cost you a dime. You can also find deals, free items, and cheap eats on About.com's <a href="http://golosangeles.about.com/od/discounts/">local discount page</a> year-round.</p> <p>The city offers free music throughout the year at a number of locations, such as the Santa Monica Pier, Downtown LA, Long Beach, Venice Beach, and Pasadena. During the summer, there are even <a href="http://golosangeles.about.com/od/losangelescalendar/tp/ConcertSeries.htm">more free concerts</a>, which you can enjoy in the beautiful weather. There are also endless free comedy shows, so if comedy is your thing, make sure to find a comedy club near you that offers free shows. You can also sign up for <a href="https://www.goldstar.com/signup">Goldstar</a>, which offers discounted tickets to the best concerts, sports events, theatre, and more.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite ways to save money in Los Angeles? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-do-la-on-the-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-san-francisco-without-going-broke-0">How to Visit San Francisco Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-arts">6 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Arts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-a-breakdown-of-concert-ticket-prices">How Much?! A Breakdown of Concert Ticket Prices</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums">A Complete Guide to Saving at America&#039;s Baseball Stadiums</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel beaches california cheap activities concerts LA Los Angeles museums tourism Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:00:27 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1542114 at http://www.wisebread.com Get Up and Get Out: How to Find Cheap Local Events http://www.wisebread.com/get-up-and-get-out-how-to-find-cheap-local-events <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-up-and-get-out-how-to-find-cheap-local-events" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/outdoors-4922090-small.jpg" alt="hiking" title="hiking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everyday there&rsquo;s something fun and affordable happening where you live. Yes, even in small towns and cities; you just have to know where to look. To help you find these low-cost activities and events in your area, here are a few of the always reliable resources I use to help plan my next adventure. (See also: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-the-most-out-of-warm-weather-weekdays">15 Ways to Make the Most Out of Warm-Weather Weekdays</a>)</p> <h2>Visit Ticket Sites</h2> <p>I don&rsquo;t follow sports, but I love attending sporting events. There&rsquo;s something about the atmosphere &mdash; junk food, cold beer, excited fans &mdash; that draws me to the stadium, but as someone who&rsquo;s not particularly invested in the actual game, I search for the lowest possible price on tickets I can find. In particular, I find <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/">StubHub</a> to be useful since it shows me the absolute rock-bottom price available, which often is lower than what&rsquo;s available at the venue. StubHub tickets are sold by individual sellers, some of whom are simply trying to recoup a percentage of face value opposed to full face value. StubHub also is a great resource for concertgoers, too. There are a lot of big-name tickets available, and if you search at the right time you could score a big deal.</p> <h2>Sign Up for Event Newsletters</h2> <p>Many local establishments have event newsletters that they send to customers via email. The purpose of these marketing emails is to inform customers of what&rsquo;s happening with the hopes of getting you into the joint to buy food and drinks and enjoy the entertainment while you&rsquo;re at it. I&rsquo;m signed up to a few select places in my area because I generally like what they&rsquo;ve got going on. If they send email too often, I unsubscribe &mdash; which sometimes happens, and you can, too &mdash; but for the most part I&rsquo;m happy to know that there&rsquo;s always something nearby that I can do on a lazy day or night.</p> <h2>Subscribe to Daily Deal Emails</h2> <p>I use <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">daily deal sites</a> for a lot reasons &mdash; buying gifts for friends and family, scoring discounts at restaurants &mdash; but I also pay attention to the events they offer. My husband and I like to participate in activities, so I&rsquo;m always on the hunt for a great activity at an even better cost. Through daily deals, we&rsquo;ve gone camping, white water rafting, river tubing, zip lining, and more &mdash; all for much less than we would have paid normally.</p> <h2>Browse Craigslist</h2> <p>You can browse the Community section of Craigslist to find kitschy little events in your area, but I also recommend browsing the tickets and free sections as well. The latter in particular was fruitful for me one day when I came across a listing offering free tickets to a Mets game. I thought it might be too good to be true, but it turned out to be the good deed of a doctor who enjoyed giving away his season tickets to strangers on nights when he couldn&rsquo;t use them. Certainly that almost never happens, but you may be surprised what you can come up with on Craigslist if you dig deep enough.</p> <h2>Scour Local Print and Online Publications</h2> <p>Every community has a publication &mdash; usually online and off &mdash; that lists the events that are happening in that area each week. Subscribe online for alerts or receive the hard-copy publication so you can stay up to date on what&rsquo;s going down in your &lsquo;hood on a regular basis.</p> <h2>Check Out Tourism Sites</h2> <p>Tourism sites are helpful when searching for cheap events where you live and in places you&rsquo;re traveling. Whenever we go on a trip, I usually search the destination&rsquo;s tourism site to find things for my husband and me to do in that area. From free local concerts to ethnic festivals to high-school football games, if something <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-fun-and-libations-brewery-and-winery-tours">noteworthy is happening in a particular area</a>, I can usually find it on a tourism site.</p> <h2>Walk Your Neighborhood</h2> <p>Take a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">stroll around you neighborhood</a> &mdash; or the downtown area of your town if you live in a more rural area &mdash; and browse flyers in windows, scope out sandwich boards on the streets, pick up event postcards, and read marquees to discover what&rsquo;s happening near you.</p> <h2>Utilize Social Media</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re active on social media, chances are you already have a slew of events in your &quot;Upcoming Events&quot; section of Facebook. Some of them will probably be of no relevance to you, but others may be just what you&rsquo;re looking for. Every now and then take a peek to see what&rsquo;s scheduled and plan to participate. Otherwise, social media is a great place to simply ask around. Somebody in your networks knows something fun and frugal happening &mdash; I guarantee it.</p> <h2>Get Specific and Search the Web</h2> <p>You can conduct generic searches for local events, but if they&rsquo;re not listed on the sites that come up in the results, you&rsquo;ll never know they&rsquo;re happening. For instance, in my area, free kayaking is available on the Hudson River on weekend mornings. I wouldn&rsquo;t have discovered this great event if I didn&rsquo;t specifically search for kayaking in my area. Same goes for free outdoor summer movies, which I maintain is one of the best no-cost events/dates ever. Search for &quot;free summer movie&quot; plus the town in which you live, and I bet you&rsquo;ll come up with something, whether it&rsquo;s in a park, a parking lot, or at a nearby church. The point is when you have a specific idea of something you want to do, head to your search engine and find it; it&rsquo;s almost always there.</p> <p><em>Have more ideas on how to find cheap local events? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-up-and-get-out-how-to-find-cheap-local-events">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/massive-list-of-things-to-do-while-watching-tv">Massive List of Things to Do While Watching TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fun-and-cheap-things-to-do-during-the-weekday">8 Fun and Cheap Things to Do During the Weekday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-frugal-ways-to-celebrate-fall">31 Frugal Ways to Celebrate Fall</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/score-how-to-host-a-great-game-night">Score! How to Host a Great Game Night</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle cheap activities free events things to do Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:36:33 +0000 Mikey Rox 976306 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Ideas for Entertaining on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/13-ideas-for-entertaining-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-ideas-for-entertaining-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fun-4950529-small.jpg" alt="karaoke" title="karaoke" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hosting a party at your home doesn't always have to drain your wallet &mdash; you can be a hostess with the mostest on a littlest budget. The main thing you have to keep in mind is to focus on the experience. If the activity is fun enough, then there's no need for expensive decor and fancy appetizers. (<a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cheap-Ways-Treat-Yourself-22129255" target="_blank">RELATED: 22 Cheap Ways to Treat Yourself</a>)</p> <h2>1. Music Swap</h2> <p>Ask friends to come over with <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Music-Exchange-Party-29638308" target="_blank">their favorite songs</a>, make sure you have speakers set up for all to hear, and listen to some jams all night.</p> <h2>2. Board-Game Potluck</h2> <p>Invite over a handful of friends, and ask each person to bring his or her <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Budget-Friendly-Party-Ideas-21246007" target="_blank">favorite board game plus a snack</a> to share. Take care of the drinks yourself or ask guests to pitch in if things become costly.</p> <h2>3. Nail Party</h2> <p>Do something different from the usual movie or board-game night this weekend &mdash; organize <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Throw-Nail-Party-24592436" target="_blank">a nail party</a> with your girlfriends. Use this as an opportunity to try out fun nail art that would cost a lot of money to get done in a salon</p> <h2>4. Magazine Article Club</h2> <p>This weekend, instead of hosting a book club, <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Hosting-Magazine-Article-Club-28472320" target="_blank">plan a magazine article night</a>. It's very simple: just pick an article you find interesting and ask your friends to read it, too. Then you can all come together over a glass of wine to discuss what caught your attention, what was missing, and more.</p> <h2>5. Clothing Swap</h2> <p>Save money and revamp your wardrobe all at once by <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Host-Clothing-Swap-21486470" target="_blank">hosting a clothing swap</a> with your friends. Not only will you get a chance to clean out your closet, but you'll also be able to add new items for free.</p> <h2>6. Travel Party</h2> <p>While you might not be able to take trip this weekend, <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Travel-Themed-Party-Ideas-26889641" target="_blank">you can still get away</a> &mdash; sort of. Plan a night in centered around travel, and you'll feel like you're in vacationland from the comfort of your very own home without spending too much.</p> <h2>7. Painting Party</h2> <p>Turn your <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Host-Art-Party-26218588" target="_blank">living room into an artist's studio</a> and knock some of those must-try projects off your (ever-growing) to-do list.</p> <h2>8. Makeover Party</h2> <p>Invite your girlfriends over for a <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Girls-Night-Ideas-Hair-Makeup-Party-25838151" target="_blank">beauty workshop of sorts</a>, and make a night of it. With help from YouTube tutorials and your friends, you'll go from novice to expert in five minutes or less at hardly any cost.</p> <h2>9. Karaoke at Home</h2> <p>Karaoke is one of those activities that most people enjoy but don't get the chance to do very often. Throw a <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Karaoke-Home-25404939" target="_blank">karaoke party at home</a> by downloading <a href="http://www.karaokeanywhere.net/" target="_blank">Karaoke Anywhere</a>, which works on both iPhone and Android and features more than 50,000 karaoke songs. All you have to do is plug your phone into your TV. Plus, it lets you record and share with other people.</p> <h2>10. Wine Tasting</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Host-Wine-Tasting-Party-25300003" target="_blank">Wine tasting</a> has become a big trend, but you don't need to plan a trip to Napa or the South of France to join in on the fun. Instead, try hosting a wine tasting party in your own home. When you invite your friends, ask them to bring a bottle to contribute. You'll cut costs and not have to worry that you'll run out of drinks.</p> <h2>11. Adult Sleepover</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Throw-Adult-Sleepover-25086035" target="_blank">Slumber parties</a> were a form of entertainment for us back in the day. Not only was it a way to pass a Friday or Saturday night, but it was also a way to bond with our friends. As we get older, the venues we meet our friends in don't give us the same type of quality time a sleepover gives us; bars are way too noisy, and everyone can hear your conversations at a restaurant. Do something different this weekend, and invite your friends to your home for a nostalgic sleepover.</p> <h2>12. Sewing Party</h2> <p>Throw a <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Throw-Sewing-Party-24814139" target="_blank">sewing party</a> with your girlfriends, and use it as an opportunity to mend or alter clothing you've been meaning to deal with.</p> <h2>13. Book Club</h2> <p>Starting a <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Start-Book-Club-19308497" target="_blank">book club</a> may be for you if you find yourself constantly gushing over books with your friends or having heated debates on which character is more swoon-worthy. Getting a bunch of like-minded bookworms together for a book club is a fun and frugal social activity that will enrich your minds and friendships.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite fun and cheap get together activities?</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re not careful, your at-home shindig can cost as much as going out. Keep your gatherings fun and affordable with these creative activities. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img width="300" height="95" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/DIY-Dessert-Tray-28383434">Savvy&nbsp;Chic:&nbsp;Dollar-Store Tiered Tray<br /> </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Entertain-Small-Apartment-26232872">5 Tips for Entertaining in a Small Space<br /> </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Make-Chalkboard-Paint-26203305">DIY&nbsp;Chalkboard Paint: Make Your Own Unique Party Supplies</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ideas-for-entertaining-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-have-a-cheaper-evening-hanging-out-with-friends">10 Ways to Have a Cheaper Evening Hanging Out With Friends</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-do-la-on-the-cheap">10 Ways to Do LA On the Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-frugal-and-romantic-dates-at-home">18 Frugal and Romantic Dates at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-for-free">20 Ways to Entertain Your Kids for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment affordable entertaining cheap activities entertaining Tue, 14 May 2013 10:36:32 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 974033 at http://www.wisebread.com Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/seattle-3753522-small.jpg" alt="Seattle Space Needle" title="Seattle Space Needle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Seattle's natural beauty and mild weather make it a fairly easy city to enjoy without dropping a ton of cash. Here are some of Seattle's local attractions that cost under $5 per person. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Artsy Stuff</h2> <p>&nbsp;<img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/seattleartsy-3754931-small.jpg" /></p> <p><a title="Seattle freebies" href="http://seattle.citysearch.com/roundup/36901">Seattle Museums</a> offer free days on the first Thursday of every month for the general public (some of the museums also have free to seniors the first Friday of every month and free to families on the first Saturday of every month). At the Seattle <a title="Seattle Asian Art Museum" href="http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/visitSAAM.asp#free">Asian Art Museum</a>, tickets for adults are only $5 on a normal day. Other local treasures that are expensive on a normal day but free on the first Thursday of every month include the <a title="Wink Luke Museum" href="http://www.wingluke.org/home.htm">Wing Luke Asian Museum</a>, the <a title="Frye Art Museum" href="http://fryemuseum.org/">Frye</a>, and the University of Washington <a title="Burke Museum" href="http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/visit/hours.php">Burke Museum</a>.</p> <p>The Asian Art Museum also butts up against the Lakeview Cemetery, where <a title="Bruce Lee grave site" href="http://www.allbrucelee.com/article/bruce_lee_grave_site.htm">Brandon and Bruce Lee</a> are buried, and <a title="Volunteer Park" href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/volunteer-park-seattle">Volunteer Park</a>, which features a free <a title="Volunteer Park Conservatory" href="http://www.seattle.gov/PARKS/parkspaces/VolunteerPark/conservatory.htm">Conservatory</a>.</p> <p>Speaking of dead celebrities, you can also visit the <a title="Jimi Hendrix memorial" href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Washington_State/Seattle-894670/Off_the_Beaten_Path-Seattle-Jimi_Hendrix_Memorial-BR-1.html">Jimi Hendrix memorial</a> in Renton, just 20 miles south of Seattle.</p> <h2>Park-y Stuff</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/seattleparky-1227326-small.jpg" /></p> <p>Seattle has a wealth of public parks, but it really depends on what your needs are. You can play <a title="Seattle tennis courts" href="http://www.seattle.gov/PARKS/tennis.asp">tennis</a> in a variety of outdoor courts, which is great when tennis clubs are few and far between (but not so great when dealing with our 9,000 days of rain per year or whatever). Some great beaches can be found at <a title="Golden Gardens Park" href="http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=243">Golden Gardens</a> and <a title="Alki Beach Park" href="http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=445">Alki</a>. We also have a large number of <a title="favorite dog parks" href="http://www.nwsource.com/peoplespicks/2004/traveloutdoors/dog_park.html">off-leash dog parks</a>, should you need somewhere to let your pooch run free.</p> <p>(Wise Bread Pick: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009ZBKG4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009ZBKG4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=seealso-20" target="_blank">Easy Walk Dog Harness</a>)</p> <p>My favorite place in all of Seattle is the <a title="UW Botanic Gardens" href="http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/index.php">Arboretum</a>, which is maintained by the University of Washington. It's open year-round, and is completely free to the public. (Also, it has great parking that rarely fills up.)</p> <h2>Nerdy Stuff</h2> <p>&nbsp;<img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/seattlenerdy-9383-small.jpg" /></p> <p>Seattlites are fairly proud of their highly-educated population (we beat Minneapolis in 2005 for the title of Most Literate City in the US, but those buggers <a title="most literate city 2007" href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-12-26-literate-cities_N.htm">keep taking the number 1 spot</a>), so it's no surprise that we would build a <a title="Seattle Central Library" href="http://www.spl.org/default.asp?pageID=branch_central&amp;branchID=1">huge central library</a> that you can easily lose your children in (we will return them to you). We also have a huge number of <a title="Seattle used book stores" href="http://recollectionbooks.com/seattle.html">used book stores</a>, which can be fun to browse. Also, if you are looking for fellow nerds, you can head to the Science Fiction Museum (see above). Linux fans can walk past any of the dozens of Microsoft campuses and scream obscenities. (Technically, this is free, but Microsoft does ask for a donation of a part of your soul.)</p> <h2>Sporty Stuff</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/seattlesporty-5542-small.jpg" /></p> <p>In spite of our hornrim glasses and pocket protectors, Seattlites are a fairly fit bunch. You might enjoy seeing the city on foot on a variety of <a title="Seattle walking tours" href="http://www.seattle.gov/tour/HistoricDistricts/index.htm">walking tours</a> (I like the <a title="International District walking tour" href="http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=cybertour.cfm&amp;file_id=7051">International District</a>, next to the stadiums, best). If you prefer two wheels to two feet, you can get a decent backyard view of Seattle by taking the <a title="Burke Gilman Trail" href="http://www.seattle.gov/PARKS/BurkeGilman/bgtrail.htm">Burke Gilman Trail</a> from Ballard to Kenmore on your bike (you can also walk, rollerblade, jog, or whatever suits your fancy).</p> <p>Downhill mountain biking trails can be found under the <a title="I-5 Colonnade" href="http://evergreenmtb.org/colonnade/">I-5 Colonnade</a>, if you have the desire to hurdle yourself across a crazy downhill course but don't have the vehicle necessary to get you out of the city. If you have your own set of discs, free frisbee golf can be enjoyed at the <a title="Lakewood Park Disc Golf Course" href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/lakewood-park-disc-golf-course-seattle">Lakewood Park Disc Golf Course</a>. Being something of a disc golf newbie, I can also attest that Lakewood has a pleasant share of wild fruit, from apples to blackberries, growing around the course. The <a title="UW Rec Sports" href="http://depts.washington.edu/ima/IMA_wac.php">UW Rec Sports Center</a> rents out canoes for $7.50 an hour, which is good and cheap with split between a couple people. You can row around the Arboretum, or even under the 520 freeway.</p> <p>If exerting yourself isn't what you had in mind, it's worth noting that you can see the Mariners <a title="Seattle Mariners" href="http://www.bestshowticketslasvegas.com/ResultsEvent.asp?event=Seattle+Mariners&amp;pid=916">lose to any team in the league</a> for as little as $6 per person (OK, OK, I know that's more than $5, AND you'll have to prevent yourself from buying the <a title="IchiRoll" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sevensixnyc/745571014/">IchiRoll</a>, the beer, or the chocolate-covered strawberries).</p> <h2>Obvious Stuff (But Without the Added Cost)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/seattleobvi-5328429-small.jpg" /></p> <p>If you're not from Europe or Asia, you'll probably be as thrilled as I am with <a title="Pike Place" href="http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/">Pike Place Market</a>, Seattle's public market since 1907. I personally just enjoy walking around and gawking at the gorgeous flowers and produce and views of the water, since everything is a touch pricey (farmer's market prices). Kids also get a kick out of reading the names on the market's floor tiles, where you can find some pretty funny, intriguing, and sentimental dedications and names (the tiles were purchased as a part of a fundraising campaign by people who wanted to help rebuild the market, which regularly falls into disrepair, in the 1980s). The most famous site at the market is, of course, the <a title="fish throwing video" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seXLDofsWn4">fish-throwing guys</a>.</p> <p>It costs a lot to take the elevator to the top of the <a title="Space Needle" href="http://www.spaceneedle.com/visit/">Space Needle</a>, but I personally just enjoy walking around it and looking up. The Smith Tower offers a great view of downtown, but costs $7.50 per adult (still cheaper than the $16 that the Space Needle charges).</p> <p>You might have noticed that Seattle has an awful lot of water, something that the Army Core of Engineers took advantage of when they built the <a title="Hiram M. Chittenden Locks" href="http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/PublicMenu/Menu.cfm?sitename=lwsc&amp;pagename=mainpage">Hiram M. Chittenden Locks</a>. The locks are built between the Puget Sound (salt water) and our local lakes, Lake Union and Lake Washington. It's fun to watch boats come and go using the locks, and kids are especially enchanted with the fish ladder (please do not ask me why).</p> <h2>Cheapest Eats</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/seattlefoodie-5252405-small.jpg" /></p> <p>The cheapest food to be had in Seattle is at the international eateries sprinkled throughout the <a title="International District" href="http://www.cidbia.org/">International District</a> (formerly known as Chinatown) and the <a title="U-District" href="http://www.udistrictchamber.org/">U-District</a> (the neighborhood that surrounds the University of Washington). <a title="Seattle Deli" href="http://www.nwsource.com/ae/scr/edb_vd.cfm?ven=4612&amp;s=st">Vietnamese</a> food is exceptionally affordable, but we have some decent taco wagons throughout the region as well. Also keep an eye out for happy hour specials at more upscale establishments or smaller bars. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out">Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-do-la-on-the-cheap">10 Ways to Do LA On the Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-and-sell-airline-miles">How to Buy and Sell Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-book-an-amazing-cheap-vacation-package">How to Book an Amazing Cheap Vacation Package</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel cheap activities cheap vacations family fun free things to do recreation Seattle things to do in Fri, 05 Sep 2008 01:01:57 +0000 Andrea Karim 2373 at http://www.wisebread.com Open group write - regional events and things to do for under $5 http://www.wisebread.com/open-group-write-regional-events-and-things-to-do-for-under-5 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/open-group-write-regional-events-and-things-to-do-for-under-5" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/carnival.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Open call</strong> </p> <p>This will the be first in our new series of open group writes.  It&#39;s a chance to showcase great bloggers in the Wise Bread community and provide more resources for our readers.  To participate, write a post on the designated topic and send us your link.  We&#39;ll post an article with links to all qualified submissions in a few weeks. If you don&#39;t have your own blog, <a href="/forums/frugal-living/wise-bread-group-write-things-do-under-5-a-2712.html">post it in this forum thread</a>, and we&#39;ll link to your forum post. </p> <p><strong>The topic</strong> </p> <p>Share a list of the best events and activities to do in your city for under $5.  Keep it region specific -- please don&#39;t say &quot;go to the closest park.&quot;  And keep at least most of your list relevant for an unlimited time.  Try not to include too many soon-to-expire events or activities (annual events on the other hand are great to include).  We want this list to still be useful and relevant long after it&#39;s been posted. </p> <p><strong>The rules</strong></p> <p>We accept articles written in the past, as long as it&#39;s still relevant.  </p> <p>It needs to include several activities, not just a review of one. </p> <p>The article must be region specific.  An article on &quot;The top 10 things to do in the US&quot; will not be included. </p> <p>Submitting your link does not guarantee its inclusion on the final post.  We will only include relevant and useful articles. </p> <p> Links need to be submitted by August 29.  </p> <p><strong>Submission Requirements</strong> </p> <p>Name</p> <p>City/State the article pertains to </p> <p>Permalink to article </p> <p>Submit the links to editor@wisebread.com.  Please put &quot;Group Write: $5 Fun&quot; as the subject of the email. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Thanks to all those who particpated!  Here is our <a href="/free-and-cheap-fun-things-to-do-in-your-city">ultimate list of $5 fun</a>. Please continue to keep it relevant by sending new links!</strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/open-group-write-regional-events-and-things-to-do-for-under-5">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Just Ask.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-ways-to-display-your-art">How to Cheaply Display Your Art</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Art and Leisure cheap activities fun leisure regional events Mon, 28 Jul 2008 19:09:46 +0000 Lynn Truong 2259 at http://www.wisebread.com