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Thread: 19 ways to have fun for less
03-04-2008, 02:13 PM #1KristinGuest
19 ways to have fun for less
1.Frequent the library instead of the bookstores. Your tax dollars
fund the library; take advantage of it.
2.Form book clubs with friends, co-workers and relatives to recycle
3.Read not, waste not. Don't renew subscriptions to magazines or
newspapers you're not reading.
4.If the subscription cost to your favorite magazine goes up, don't
chalk it up to "inflation." Ask for a better price.
5.If you are a student or a teacher, say it loudly and proudly. Some
periodicals and magazines have special rates for academia.
6.Check your favorite magazines' Web sites for online offers that may
be lower than others you've received.
7.Pick up a video at the library rather than renting one. Or, see if
your library has free movie nights.
8.Go to the matinees of first-run movies. Movies with the best prices
usually start between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. So see a show first and then
9.Many communities have bargain theaters that show movies after
they've finished their first runs. Patience pays off.
10.Skip the munchies. The concession stand is no bargain even at
bargain theaters. If you can't imagine a movie without popcorn or
Junior Mints, get the smallest size and share.
11.Get rid of that ''1,000 mega-channel lineup,'' and switch to basic
cable. You can save as much as $20 a month.
12.Delete television from your life altogether. It cuts the "I wants"
13.Try out a dollar theater, a local film festival or even a drive-in.
To really save, volunteer at a local fair or festival -- you'll get in
14.If you live in a college town, there's probably a campus movie
theater that shows low-cost art or foreign films.
15.If you don't mind standing during a show, volunteer to usher. Just
don a pair of black pants and a white shirt.
16.Volunteer at fairs, festivals and sporting events. You'll get free
admission, food and camping, have minimal duties and often get to
hobnob with the artists.
17.Review concerts and plays for a local newspaper. You have to be
well-informed about the subject to write a credible review, but you'll
typically get two free seats in the best section of the house.
18.Win concert tickets on the radio by putting station call-in numbers
on your speed dial. A college radio station tends to have the fewest
listeners and usually lots of tickets to give away.
19.Check the newspaper for performances by local artists. They're
usually low cost or free and often held in coffeehouses, bookstores or