For many working-class people such as myself, there is a delicate balance between money spent on entertainment and fun. There’s no shame in that. Plenty of blogs on the internet help you with ways to stretch your budget and make every dollar count. The economy is on a downturn as well, so that’s another aspect to consider with rising prices and inflation. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun.
Saving Money on Summer Entertainment – 4 Interesting Tips
Most people believe being on a budget means you need to make certain sacrifices. To some extent, this is true. But an effective budget is one that allows you to have fun while still staying financially responsible. Many people make the mistake of creating a very strict, cut-down budget that eliminates most fun from their life. Understandably, after a while, you get fed up of living on such a budget.
Again, an effective budget is one that leaves you enough room to entertain yourself. Entertainment is one of the biggest and most recurring expenses in your budget. It doesn’t matter if it is cable or internet. Paramount Network on FiOS may not seem too expensive on a monthly basis. But the cost will aggregate over the course of the year. But since we are talking about having fun while still covering expenses responsibly, these 4 tips may help:
- Cut the Cord
- Negotiate a Better Deal with Your Provider
- Check Out Movie Ticketing Subscriptions
- Free Music Apps
Let’s take a closer look at these tips and how they help you save money on movies and other summer entertainment.
Cut the Cord
The cord-cutter movement is still gaining momentum and with good reason. One of the best ways to save money is to drop your cable provider. In other words, cut the cable cord. Yes, cable is a welcome relief after a hard day at work, but the prices are extremely high these days.
On average, cable services cost consumers up to $99 per month. Over a 12-month period, this amounts to $1,118 just on cable TV. Of course, cutting the cord does not mean you need to miss out on your favorite TV shows. You can easily subscribe to an on-demand streaming service like HBO Now, Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu. If you don’t want to give up live TV, streaming options like Sling TV have that covered. Most of these services cost under $20 a month, so you can see how significant the savings are.
Negotiate a Better Deal with Your Provider
Okay, so maybe you don’t want to cut the cord. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use cord-cutting as leverage to negotiate a better price with your provider. It’s as simple as asking for a better deal. On-demand platforms like the ones listed above have sent cable providers into panic mode. As more and more people switch to these services, cable providers lose more customers every day.
Use this situation to your advantage. Call your cable provider and tell them you are considering cutting the cord but might keep your cable subscription if offered a better deal. In many cases, this works, and they offer you a better monthly charge for your cable services.
Check Out Movie Ticketing Subscriptions
The cinema experience is one of the reasons why the movie business thrives so much. The problem is, cinema tickets can be really pricey, depending on where you live. In areas like New York City, ticket prices can go up as high as $20! That’s a lot of money to pay for just one movie. And if you watch, say 4 movies a month, you may end up paying as much as $80!
Luckily cheaper alternatives exist without you having to give up cinema. A subscription-based movie ticketing service like MoviePass may be just the thing you are looking for. For $9.95 every month, you get a movie a day for 30 days! That’s a lot of money to save while still getting the best of what cinema has to offer. You could watch a movie every day of the month and still not come close to spending $80.
Free Music Apps
Services like iTunes offer great platforms to find the music you want. But the problem is it can really dent your budget if you buy a few albums. But you don’t have to pay for good music, and I am not talking anything illegal like piracy.
There are a number of great options for you to listen to the music you want for free. Some include:
- Spotify (free version)
- 8 Tracks
It’s easy to stay on budget and still have fun, provided you have the right information. You don’t necessarily have to forego your Frontier cable TV service either. Just be open to looking for cheaper and better options to get the most out of every dollar. Spend responsibly on services that are smart and offer the best value for money. Let us know in the comments if there are any other ways you save money on entertainment.