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There are plenty of ways that you can cut back when it comes to reconfiguring your budget. But once you have saved on clothes, groceries and all other areas of your life, perhaps it might be time to look at how you are spending your “fun money”. Entertainment is a universal word for all of the fun things that aren’t necessities in your life, and you should look at a few of these tips that can keep your costs down in this area of your life as well.
The Last Minute Shopper
Concerts and sporting events can be a great time. What they can also be, is very hard on your wallet. So when you think of the rising costs of admittance to these events, consider the fact that it is very likely that someone else has purchased tickets before you and can no longer go. As the event draws closer and closer, these individuals are going to be more and more willing to accept a lower price so they don’t lose their investment completely.
You can check out websites like Stubhub, Craigslist and Ebay for people trying to unload their tickets at the last minute. You can usually find, given the popularity of the event itself, tickets for much less than face value if you are trying to nab them at the latest possible time.
What Do You Watch?
You should consider the truth that you are overpaying for your cable. Rest assured it is not just you, but nearly everyone is overpaying for their services because these companies thrive on overcharging you. The best thing that you can do is assess what you and your household members actually watch. You might just find that you aren’t even watching the channels considered to be in the higher tiers of service, and can safely drop your service down into a lower (and cheaper) level of cable.
Mostly every venue or attraction will inevitably offer discount days or special promotions. A good way for you to stay in the know with your favorite spots is to follow them on social media and to check their websites regularly. These avenues will let you know about even last minute promotions that can save you a bundle on getting you in. If you can be a little bit patient, you might find that saving money doesn’t have to be complicated.
Along the same lines, check online regularly for coupons and promo codes. There are many sites that can have you search by location, venue and brand to save big on any level of entertainment you are looking for.
While a lot of our entertainment is focused on the weekends, it is also when you are going to spend the most money. Venues tend to expect higher traffic on the weekends, and so often admittance charges, concessions and more are marked up accordingly. In addition, rates are typically cheaper and promotions occur most often when you are willing to set aside a weekday to check out a place that is swamped with people on Saturday and Sunday.
These are a few ways that you can cut costs right now on your entertainment. While there are hundreds of more ways you can do this, these should be enough to get the ball rolling. Entertainment doesn’t have to be sacrificed when it comes to trying to tighten the belt around your budget. With a little bit of planning and patience, you can do all of things that you want to do for often half the cost.