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Frugal Entertainment Options

Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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People who are trying to stay within their budgets are going to have to limit their spending. It doesn’t sound like fun. Fortunately, there are many frugal entertainment options to choose from.

Visit the Library

Need something to read, but don’t have the money for new books? Visit the library! It’s a great place to find interesting books. Unlike bookstores, libraries are happy to have people quietly sit and read. Libraries also offer newspapers and magazines. Many libraries allow patrons to check out physical books and ebooks. Some offer videos as well.

Read Books You Have at Home

People who love to read have a tendency to buy tons of books. They end up with piles of books that they intend to read…. someday. If they are trying to save money, then “someday” is now! It can be very satisfying to check books off a “to read” list.

Stay Home and Stream Movies

Do you currently subscribe to a video streaming service like Netflix or Hulu? That subscription costs money. Get the most from your dollar by making time to watch the movies and TV shows that you are already paying for.

It’s much less expensive than going to the movie theater. Even better, you can eat and drink whatever you want to while sitting on your comfortable couch.

Play or Watch a Game

Families can grab some board games and make a family game night. It’s a good way to make use of games that haven’t been played in a while. Another option is to go outside together and play baseball or basketball. Video games, especially ones that have already been purchased or subscribed to, are another great option.

Too tired to play a game? Try watching one. Tune in when your favorite sports team is on TV. Or, check out Twitch or YouTube for some video game live streaming. There are plenty to choose from.

Shop at Thrift Stores

People who love to shop are going to want to continue that activity even when they are trying to save money. The most frugal way to shop is to visit thrift stores. Most communities have at least one or two to shop at. It is possible to buy a lot of things at thrift stores for a little bit of money.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.