Simple Ways to Save on Entertainment Costs

Looking to save a few bucks on entertainment costs? Of course you are. Here’s how

In these harrowing days of $10-15 first-run movies (and Heaven forbid you should want some popcorn), you’ve got to save on entertainment costs just to get by. But you’re in luck, because there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself on a budget!

Here are a couple.

The Movies

As I write, video rental chain Hollywood Videos just bit the big one. To some extent, their bankruptcy was a victim of the same thing that put buggy whip manufacturers out of business: technological progress. To just as large an extent, it was due to a bad business model and poor management.

In other words, they just couldn’t seem to compete. Ten years ago, renting videos for several days at $5 a pop still made sense. Then Netflix debuted: you could suddenly rent movies for as long as you liked for a monthly fee. The video stores kind of recovered…until RedBox came along.

Now you can pay a dollar a night for a DVD rental. And like a dinosaur outcompeted by spry little mammals, the video stores are going extinct.

Netflix and RedBox are good news for you, because now you can get brand new movies simply and easily either by mail, or from a little box in front of the grocery store or Mickey D’s. That’s a great way to save entertainment money!

Book ’em, Danno

And let’s not forget about libraries, folks. Personally I spend way more money on books than I should. I’ll admit it: I have a bookstore addiction. Yes, there’s an intervention planned. But anyway, rather than pay upwards of $30 for a new hardback or $8+ for a paperback, you’ve got a free option: Ye Olde Library.

Libraries are easier to use than ever, what with those nifty self checkout machines most have. And you can usually find not just books, but media of many types: DVDs, VHS, CDs, magazines and more. Most of these you can check out with ease, though admittedly, you may have to wait your turn.

Tightening the Belt

Just because times are hard and entertainment is expensive doesn’t mean you have to give up on fun altogether. It’s amazing how inexpensive books and movies can be if you’re a little patient–and how much money you can save in the long run.

Entertainment is a must in any life, and there are plenty of ways to save money on it, if you’re willing to try. Hopefully, these ideas are a good start. And never fear: we’ll be back in the near future with more ways to trim your entertainment costs.