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No matter how broke you are or how frugal you are being, there should always be something in the budget for entertainment. We all need that to re-charge. I live in an urban area, so I always have an eye out for deals. For years, I got to watch good theater down at the Mark Taper Forum, just for standing in line at previews! (That deal, alas, is gone...) There are organizations/websites that give discounts on unsold tickets - sometimes quite good ones - so look for the ones for your area and get on all the mailing/email lists you can. And don't forget art openings - they have wine and cheese and can be a night out, too.
By pam munro
sounds pretty smart. but entertainment and partying are luxury expenses. if your broke or cutting down expenses i would suggest looking for a job and setting aside a little money for a couple of dvd's at rogers or a nice 40$ dinner at a steakhouse. but nice idea though.
I don't think you should go to an art opening just for the free food, BUT if you are interested in the art, you would be more than welcome. Most art openings are not as well attended as the artists would like. Another thought for inexpensive entertainment is author readings at book stores.
Some art galleries have no admission, and some small theatrical productions are very inexpensive -- sometimes less than the price of a movie. You could also check out what your local schools have for theater or music productions. Kids have a lot of talent, and really appreciate the audience.
Even when I had money, I preferred daytime entertainment, picnics, book clubs at the library/Art museum free exhibits, feeding ducks at the local pond, strolls on cool mornings/afternoons, bird watching, park hopping with the kids/guests, progressive lunches with friends, crafting, strolling the mall to people-watch/window shop, helping others less fortunate, writing, reading, creating new
dishes, rearranging furniture, planning for guests,
patio/garden chats with special teas/toast, exercise
and stretching, bike riding, tennis, volleyball, softball, scrapbooking, collecting, exploring
I agree. No matter what life throws at us money wise it is always important to have a little fun. One way to have room in the budget for entertainment is to throw all of your loose change in a jar and at the end of the month you will be surprised at how much you have! It almost feels like free money.