10 Tips To Save Money On Entertainment

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Tips To Save Money On Entertainment

Life would be boring if all we did was sit around the home every day as a family. While there are times that we do enjoy the comfort of our home for relaxation we still need to get outside and soak up sunshine, fresh air, and socializing.

 What happens though when you and your family go on multiple trips to dine out, watch movies, shop, or other means of entertainment? The cost adds up very quickly. The good news is that there are ways to help offset some of these costs and still give you the chance to enjoy your time out. Here are some money saving ideas and tips for saving money on entertainment as a family.

1. Get up early and watch the sunrise. The night before set out an easy light breakfast style buffet. Take the food outside, spread out a blanket and enjoy eating together as the sun rises. Its also a great time to take some great photos.

2. If you do decide to go out for lunch or dinner have some appetizers at home before going out. Also, either share a dessert or skip it altogether.

3. Instead of paying money to go visit a zoo take your family to the local animal shelter. There you and your family can help care for the animals and your children will enjoy the learning experience and being able to help out. Consider a small donation of some sort. Most shelters will even take items other than food that you may have lying around the home and no longer using such as old clothing, blankets, dishes, and toys.

4. If you have cable television consider having it taken out. Too much television is not good for anyone especially children. Also, with the advancement of technology notebooks can be hooked up via HDMI and watched on your television. Most programs and movies are available to watch on the internet anyway for those moments when you do want to watch.

5. Volunteer at community events. Volunteers get in for free in return for their dedication and time put in. Most of the time the whole family can help out.

6. Visit the library for some new books to read. Be sure to check whether or not they have any upcoming events. Many libraries host community events especially for children.

7. Watch local sports events. Most of the time these are free to sit and watch. Bring along some beverages and snacks from home.

8. Go for a drive near a wooded area known for sightings of wild animals. See who can spot the animals first. Remember to bring a camera.

9. Go to a flea market or garage sale. Allow your children some spending money and set a budget for everyone.

10. Get together with family and plan a barbecue or potluck dinner event. Have some games set up for all ages. 

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  1. An animal shelter visit is such a great idea. I think I am going to do that with my kids.

  2. Thank you so much for all of the great tips. I LOVE going to yard sales and I should go more often with the grand kids and give them a budget to spend. They'd love that.

  3. Such creative ideas! I think it's fun to do these, way more fun than spending so much$$$.

  4. These are really great and fun ideas. It's so true that you don't have to spend a lot of money to have fun.

  5. Love all your ideas ... always looking for ways to save money. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Great ideas! We do a lot of these! :D

  7. My family is weird...they like going out front and pretending to die as cars go by for entertainment. Very funny, but makes us sort of not too popular around here ;) JK...love your tips...who needs cable when you have the great outdoors

  8. These are great ideas! I love that you suggest turning off the TV and having fun outside or volunteering somewhere. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Thanks for sharing these great ideas. We do have satellite, but we don't watch much tv. We wouldn't have it at all if the hubby didn't want it for his sports. We love to go to the park for entertainment. Not a lot to do around our small rural town. But you have given me some great ideas

  10. We have so many things lined up to do this summer and most of the, are very cheap. One is our summer movie fun at hardens where the kids get in for $2 bucks, and of course like you said the library. There are lots of things to do that don't cost an arm and a leg.

  11. These are great ideas. My kids will be having a summer class, but still we are looking for more things to do and would consider some of these.