10 Things You Can Do For Entertainment That Can Save You Money
by John M. Roberts
Everyone needs to be entertained in one way or another and as you start growing into adulthood, finding ways to entertain yourself becomes one of life's priorities. Video games, cable or satellite television, movie rentals, cell phone applications, dating, eating at restaurants, going to clubs and parties, attending concerts and sporting events and trying to keep up with your friends can be demanding on your pocketbook.
Listed below are 10 ideas for entertainment that don't cost a lot of money.
- Spending a day at the park or at a beach playing volleyball, swimming, or just relaxing under a tree. Take a blanket, a little food, and some water. You may have to pay to park but if you go with friends, you can share the cost.
- Get with friends to spend an evening playing cards or board games. A pizza, some popcorn, peanuts, and sodas will make the night a hit.
- Libraries, museums, lectures, and free concerts can give you something to do while saving you a lot of money. You may have to buy a pass to go to certain museums, but they offer other events that are free to the general public.
- Go for a scenic ride. We all know that gas is expensive, but if you take 2 or 3 friends with you, they can all pitch in to help pay for gas and the ride will be inexpensive to all.
- Many people are getting back to nature. They go for long walks through forests, mountain trails, and along lakes and rivers. This is relaxing, inexpensive, and it will give you the opportunity to get some exercise and fresh air while observing nature.
- Listen to music while spending a day cleaning your home or exercising. One great thing about music is that it brings back memories and makes time go by fast. And if you already have it in your collection, it won't cost you anything.
- Watch an old movie on television or rent one that you wanted to see but missed when it was in the theatres. You may be surprised at how enjoyable this can be.
- Spend an afternoon in your back yard. Invite some friends over and fire up the grill. There is nothing wrong with asking friends to bring a little food or drink with them. You can barbeque, have a glass of wine or a beer, and spend the evening talking and having fun.
- People of all ages like playing video games. There is nothing wrong with this because, if you already own the equipment and have the games, you can enjoy yourself in the comfort of your own home and you won't have to spend a lot of money doing it. Of course, if you have to go out and buy the equipment, or the games you want to play, it can get very expensive.
- Go bike riding. It's a great way to get out of the house, enjoy the fresh air, and get some excercise. You can ride your bike in the park, at the beach, in the mountains, deserts, country roads, and even on city streets with bike lanes and sidewalks.
In many cases, it's not the regular bills like rent, car payments, clothes, and food that cause financial trouble. On the contrary, in many cases, it's the money people spend on entertainment that causes them to slide into a bottomless pit of debt.