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Budgeting for Something Fun

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Finding money to put aside for entertainment isn't always easy. This guide is about budgeting for something fun.
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May 29, 2007

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.

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By Pamphyila from Los Angeles

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 29, 20070 found this helpful

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.

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 29, 20070 found this helpful

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. Of course, it is hard not to buy the book then!!!

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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.

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May 30, 20070 found this helpful

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

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dishes, rearranging furniture, planning for guests,

patio/garden chats with special teas/toast, exercise

and stretching, bike riding, tennis, volleyball, softball, scrapbooking, collecting, exploring

nature, recycling, repairing, going to church functions, all for free except gasoline, which was cheap back then, limiting now. Remember that

"the best things in life aren't things" and aren't enjoyed in the dark. God bless you. : )

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June 12, 20070 found this helpful

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.

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