As budgets get tighter and tighter, stress and tension build. Sticking to a budget doesn't mean that you have to abandon having a good time with friends and family. It is important to do those things that you love--reading, watching movies, eating out--you just have to be creative in how you do it.
Use these creative, money saving strategies to keep entertainment and household fun alive!
Trade, Swap or Exchange Books
Use a website service such as Bookins to trade books and DVD's with other members. For a nominal fee, your library will always be fresh and you save tons off of the cost of newly released books and movies!
Goodwill, Yard Sales, and Thrift Shops
Did you know that these are great sources for gently used board games? Visit often as their stock rotates frequently. You never know what you will find and the thrill is often in the hunt!
Have movies delivered to your mailbox for as little as $4.99 per month. If you have been to the movies lately, you know what a savings that is! BestBuys and Kiki gave a subscription to the Rev and we love it! The Rev has it down to a science so that he can get the most out of his dollars each month!
Loyalty/Restaurant Rewards Programs
Always sign up for e-mail newsletters from your favorite chain restaurants--they will send you coupons! Maybe even a coupon for something free on your birthday. If you have kids, look for restaurants that let kids eat free (this always makes me think of my friend, J.Leo, who has 4 boys and could probably spout off every restaurant that offers such discounts and on what nights).
Want to stretch your entertainment budget even further? Look for those Entertainment Coupon Books sold by various groups as fundraisers--if you use it right, it will more than pay for itself. Have fun!