How to Save Money on Entertainment in 8 Steps

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Want to learn how to save money on entertainment? In this article, you will discover 8 methods on how to accomplish that.

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We all want to save money and there are lots of ways to do this. You can negotiate down your bills, reduce your energy consumption, buy your clothes secondhand, trade your car in for a bike, etc.

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One of the best ways to reduce your spending and save more money is to cut back on what you spend on entertainment.

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Before you get defensive, understand that we are not telling you to go without entertainment.

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On the contrary! Everybody needs to be entertained!

What we’re telling you is that there are ways to get the entertainment you want for a fraction of what you’re currently spending. It’s true. Here are some of them.

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1. Bundle Your Services

Do not pay separately for your television/cable subscription and your internet service, bundle them together and save on both of them.

You’ll often find a way better deal if you sign up for a bundle of multiple services from the same provider vs getting just an individual plan.

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So if you want to save money on entertainment, start by comparing your monthly services bills and see if you can find better deals either from your original provider or from a new one.

2. Stay Home

If you have an extensive cable package why are you going out and dropping $40 on a trip to the movies every week or so?

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You’re already paying for movies and television shows, so why not put on your comfy pants and watch from the comfort of your own home?

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This is especially a good idea for theatrical releases that make their debut (for a small pay-per-view fee) via On Demand or on Amazon before they are released in theaters.

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3. Second Run Theaters

Second, Third, and Revival theaters are great places to catch a movie when you’re itching to get out of the house.

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These lower tiered theaters sell tickets for a fraction of the price of a new release ($3-$5 as opposed to $10-$12 respectively).

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Their prices for snacks and food are also much more reasonable. Another selling point for many movie goers is that a lot of the second, third and revival run theaters now also serve beer, pizza and other pub basics alongside traditional concessions like popcorn and candy.

4. Combine Your Activities

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Instead of going out to dinner, then taking in a show, why not go see a show in a venue that serves dinner, like the aforementioned lower tiered movie theaters?

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Another great way to do this is to go out for group activities like pub trivia or to presentations that are given in pubs and restaurants.

For example, you can go and grab a drink at one of the many Science Cafés around the country. A science cafe is basically a regular pub from your city that sets up science lectures to entertain and educate attendees while they’re enjoying a nice meal out.

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Sports bars are another example of this: grab dinner while you watch the game with your buddies. Another great option is to attend art gallery openings that serve hors d’oeveurs.

5. Skip the Liquor

It’s fun to go out for a pint with your friends now and again, but multiple pints can get expensive very quickly.

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Order one and then switch to water or soda. Your bank account and your liver will thank you for it!

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6. Join Up

Does your family really love going to your local zoo or children’s museum? If you find yourselves heading there a lot, consider purchasing a membership.

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Obviously you’ll want to do the math on this, but if you’re regulars anyway, why not get some of the perks that come with a venue subscription?

7. Use Your Library

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By now, almost everybody knows that the library is a great place to get books to read, music to listen to and movies to watch all for free (unless you return them late and have to pay fines).

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Libraries are also great sources for family programming. Most have storytimes for kids, movie nights and even art fairs and lecture series.

Plus, libraries lend eBooks as well as regular books now so you Kindle users can save some money too!

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8. Pare Down

Take a look at the libraries offered by all of your streaming media services. Chances are there are some major overlaps there.

Why are you paying for separate services to show you or play the same stuff?

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You do not need Rhapsody, Pandora, Spotify, Slacker, Netflix, Hulu, CBS, HBOGo, Showtime, Amazon, M-Go, etc.

Choose one or two streaming movie/TV services and one music service. Heck, you might even be able to cancel your music streaming services completely since everything is on YouTube for free now anyway.

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The point is that there are lots of ways to reduce your spending without having to feel like you’re trapped at home with only the entertainment you already own. Start poking around your city.

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You’ll be surprised by how much reasonably priced or even cost-free programming there is to entertain you.

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