If you want to save some money the easiest way is to go on a spending fast. While you may keep it up for a few days pretty soon you’re going to explode. That explosion could lead to a wild spending spree that puts you in worse shape than you were in before. So the best way to save up some dough is to continue to have a fulfilling life full of entertainment. But you just have to ensure to spend intelligently. Here are some ways you can save on your entertainment costs.
If you want to save money during your restaurant visits, follow these pieces of advice. Only visit a restaurant when you have a coupon available. When you do go, don’t order drinks. The drinks are way overpriced. Plus, you’re going for the food, not to buy a $3 coke. If you’re going with your significant other, only order one meal and share it. The serving sizes are much more than one person should ever eat. Finally, if there’s any food left over take it home with you and serve it the next day.
If you’re a movie fanatic you can get a subscription to Netflix for less than 10 bucks a month. With Netflix you can instantly stream movies or get them delivered to you instead. If you want access to a movie Netflix streaming doesn’t offer, hit up a local Redbox and rent that movie for just $1 a night.
There’s no need to have cable or satellite television anymore. If you’re paying 80 bucks a month that means you’re dishing out nearly a thousand dollars a year. That’s a lot of wasted money. You can watch some great television shows for free on CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. For cable tv channels you can sometimes find full episodes online. The networks typically add the show the day after it has aired. If you insist on paying for your television, get Hulu Plus for less than 10 bucks a month.
If your idea of fun is doing something more active, it can still be done on a budget. You can go the park, go to the beach, go to the lake, go on a hike all for free. Your only expense would be the cost of gasoline, but you can save on that by riding a bike instead.
Make sure to put all this money into a savings account so you can watch it grow.