With summer fast approaching, you might be wondering what fun things you or your family can do within your budget.
If you know the right places to look, there are plenty of ways to gain access to fun things you like to do for less money. Here are five tips for saving money on entertainment this summer.
Have A Staycation
If going on a longer vacation, either out of the country or on a cross-country road trip, is something you'd rather not spend your money on, then consider a staycation.
There are likely some very fun and interesting places to discover within easy driving distance of your home. Many museums and amusement parks have discount days that you can take advantage of as well.
Visit The Library
If you love to read, going to the library can save you a lot of money instead of buying the hottest new beach read of the summer.
Most libraries have summer reading programs for both adults and kids, which can be a lot of fun. Your local library doesn't only have books - they have movies and music as well for you to borrow.
Migrate To A Streaming Service
Why pay a massive amount for a cable package that you barely use? Most of your favorite TV shows are available for online streaming as soon as the next day on Hulu, and Amazon Prime and Netflix always have a large back catalog of movies and TV shows to watch.
Streaming services cost a fraction of the price of a cable package: both Hulu and Netflix's cheapest options are $7.99 per month while Prime Video is $8.99 per month.
Shop For Deals
You can get used books, for example, very cheap online, from local used bookstores and from book sales at libraries.
Many sites such as Pristine Sales sell deeply discounted DVD box sets so you can own your favorite shows at a fraction of the cost.
Be On The Lookout For Free Concerts
Many cities host occasional free concerts, and you can usually find a bar or restaurant that offers live musical entertainment if you're a music aficionado.
This is a great way to discover new music acts you might come to truly love, and it's made very easy by various smartphone apps that find nearby concerts for you.
You don't have to give up doing the things you enjoy to save money on entertainment. Whether you're into movies, TV, books or music, there are ways to continue to enjoy the things you like to do for cheap or for free.