How to Have Fun on a Budget

So, you’ve created your budget and you’re probably thinking, “Yup, that’s it, there goes my social life!” It’s okay, we’ve all been there. But just because you’re sticking to a budget doesn’t mean that your social life must suffer. We’re offering up some fresh ideas for you to save your money while still having fun on a budget.

Here are 10 Affordable Ideas for Having Fun on a Budget:

Savings on Food and Drinks

  1. Stick to appies
    Opt out of pricier entrees and share a few appetizers or desserts with your friends instead. Not only can you save money by doing this, but you can enjoy a wider variety of food.
  2. Pregame
    Rather than spending a ton of money on drinks at a bar, take a page from a college student’s book―enjoy some drinks at home beforehand (but just make sure you can get to the bar safely afterwards).
  3. Have a potluck
    You don’t have to go out to enjoy an array of delicious foods and drinks. Suggest a potluck with your friends with a limit on how much you spend for each contribution. It’s a fun way to stay home and eat lots of food.

Affordable Entertainment Ideas

  1. Hit the big screen
    You don’t have to skip the movies while on a budget! Go on the discount days, purchase movie passes from retailers like Costco or AMA at a lower cost or visit your local “cheap seats” theatre.
  2. Attend free events
    Your city has a whole slew of free things to partake in―from street fairs, animal sanctuaries, concerts or movies in parks and art shows. Some places that usually charge admission offer free-entry days once a month, too.

Be on the Hunt for Savings

  1. Sign up for deals
    Websites like Groupon or LivingSocial are great ways to have fun on a budget. Browse through this week’s offers and save money on restaurants, entertainment and more.
  2. Ask for discounts
    Take advantage of the many deals out there for students, seniors and members of the military. Show your driver’s license/student ID to save you money at places like retailers, museums, zoos, parks, etc.
  3. Enter contests
    There are always a ton of contests and giveaways on social media and websites for sought-after restaurants, bars or concerts. Sign up for them all because someone has to win―and it could be you!
  4. Eat free
    Lots of restaurants offer promotions for children and seniors to eat free or at a discount on certain days each week, as well as free birthday meals. It’s a great way to enjoy a meal out without the hefty price tag.
  5. Cash in on your credit card perks
    If you have a credit card that offers points or cash back on tickets to events, movie theatres, etc., make use of that! Some credit cards will also give you early access or discounts to event tickets, so find out what your credit card can do for you.

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