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Are You Cutting Back on Entertainment to Save Money?

If you're like me, the current state of the economy has gotten you a wee bit stressed out. I've been trying to cut down on unnecessary costs whenever possible, and have been looking for tips on how to save money (like Bella's recession-proof beauty advice!).

Cable TV is a pretty big expenditure, but of course, I gotta keep that around. Luckily, I get to see movies for free, thanks to the job, but what about you? Have you cut back on going to the movies and concerts, buying new music or even paying for cable because of the economy?


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that in the grand scheme of things, the cost for entertainment is so menial that it's something that my fiance and i haven't cut back on. we go to the movies instead of going to a bar cause that's less expensive. i think that it's the lesser of 2 evils
Phorrest99 Phorrest99 8 years
I've definitely stopped going to the movie theatre less. Also, I really should lower my cable options to just the basic run of the mill stuff because I recently got Netflix.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I've cut back a little bit, but not as much as I had to during the summer. I didn't make a lot of money in the summer and gas prices were really high, so I didn't go to the movies or out to eat as much. Now I actually have a bit of money and I can afford me (thankfull gas prices have gone down by about $1 here), but I still don't go to the movies weekly like I used to. There hasn't been a lot of movies out recently that I've desperately wanted to watch anyway, so I guess it doesn't really matter.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
psterling: "We've cut back on going to the theater and instead, go see new movies at the drive-in! Its fun! We go in our PJs and bring out own snacks, plus we can cuddle and talk or laugh as loud as we want. Plus, its cheaper than a regular movie ticket and we get to see 2 movies for the price of admission. Love it!" We did this a few times over the summer and it was so much fun! The theaters up here run double features (first run movies) so its a great deal. They are kind of out of the way for us, so we got together three or four families and brought a ton of food, the kids had sleeping bags and the adults could enjoy the second movie in peace after the kids fell asleep. Then we all went to one friends house that was close by and spent the night, enjoying beer and wine and good conversation! Can't wait for next summer to do it again! Unfortunately for us its seasonal :(
psterling psterling 8 years
We've cut back on going to the theater and instead, go see new movies at the drive-in! Its fun! We go in our PJs and bring out own snacks, plus we can cuddle and talk or laugh as loud as we want. Plus, its cheaper than a regular movie ticket and we get to see 2 movies for the price of admission. Love it!
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Yes. I have even started saying watch in your watch rent pass posts when its one I would go to the hteatre to see, if I could! :(
Allyace Allyace 8 years
We almost never go to the movies anymore. We have Netflix instead and that is like the equivalent of us paying for one movie ticket for a whole month's worth of entertainment. I just can't justify spending $20 for us to go see a movie when we have a perfectly good TV and DVD player at home. Other than that I am usually really bad about DVD buying and I'm trying to get better. WAY too many seasons on DVD came out at once, so I'm trying to see if people will get them for me as Christmas presents if they insist on getting me something! Really don't need a 40th sweater.
LilyBiscuit7 LilyBiscuit7 8 years
We're cutting back expenses in every area, except for things that are vital.
suziryder suziryder 8 years
We don't go to the movies as much any more.. but that may be because the selection hasn't been that great until recently, but also I think we're choosing to Netflix rather than going to see movies in theaters unless we're reaally excited about the film. We don't go to concerts really, but we used to talk about going to see Maroon 5 or someone sometime, but that's been put on the back burner for now.
deanna024 deanna024 8 years
We do a lot of coupons and rent movies from the library. I highly recommend that to anyone. We get new releases for free for two nights at our local place. It's hard to say no to that. Plus, the library is good for the latest books, another entertainment feature. Our plan is to ask for gift cards to restaurants/movies during the holidays, if people insist on getting us something. I'd personally rather have them save their money or donate it.
esmerb esmerb 8 years
as much as i love going to the movies, sometimes with my schedule it's not possible, so cutting back has been easy in that area. as for cable, i could NEVER get rid of it. i go home to rest and part of that is watching TV @ home. also, a great tip is checking out DVDs @ the local library. that's one of the best tips in saving money. i'm currently catching up on The West Wing for free!
Frenched Frenched 8 years
We just don't do it but we could definitely cut a lot more costs. I'm planning on taking a look again at my finances and REALLY prioritize things.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
LOL@Soapbox.... Electricity helps!! :ROTFL:
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
I don't spend more than $200 a year and I have 3 children. We do more outdoor activities and board movies instead.
kourt kourt 8 years
we rarely go to theaters to see movies anymore. with our gas crisis here in charlotte and other economic stresses, we watch more tv and hit up the local red box every once in a while for entertainment!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
We used to go to the movies every week, now we're a little more selective. We've always watched a lot of movies at home too, so we're continuing that. I'm currently trying to set aside some money to go to Disneyland in Nov or Dec. Normally I wouldn't really worry about it and would just go, but I'm trying to save more and be better about it. I've lost like 20% of my 401K so I'm a little stressed. I guess buying a house doesn't help either. Talk about neverending fees. When we finally get the house i'm sure we'll be cutting back even more than we are currently. sad
Soapboxer Soapboxer 8 years
Not as much as the couple in the pic, seems they can't even foot the bill for the TV.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I don't spend that much ever anyway and recently I've been taking out movies from the library but I do that anyway. And I would say I've been more than just a little stressed out. Watching movies is a nice distraction. I hate the week because I can't check my e-mail without seeing how the market is doing and things about the economy in general which just increases my stress. I really love the weekends recently. :(
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
We've only seen about 4 movies in theaters in the past year and a half. We have one of the basic Blockbuster mailing packages and basic cable. I've also stopped buying books, which is easier since grad school takes up most of my time anyway.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
I only go to a movie once a month now, I stopped eating out unless it is for work (which I don't pay for) or with friends (who are also trying to save $$ so we usually end up taking turns cooking) and I quit buying DVDs and audio books. BLAH. I am still broke this month but is because pout deposit on honeymoon.
tamint tamint 8 years
we stopped getting cable :(, I miss my bad reality TV! But really we thought about how much it costs, and how much we actually watch it, and decided it just didn't make sense. We're more the movie watchin' type. I'd like to say that I don't miss the cable, but I kinda do!
ohkate ohkate 8 years
we're being picky about what we put our money towards, popcorn for at home movie nights since there isn't really anything in theaters worth watching right now and going to pumpkin patches with corn mazes because that's a yearly tradition we can't miss, and going to museums because it's free.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
We actually started cutting back a little last year. When you have a child who not only wants to see the movie in the theater but then rent it as soon as its on DVD, you have to start making some rules! No renting if you've seen it in the theater, wait until its on one of the bazillion movie channels we have on satellite tv. Sometimes only one of us will take her so that saves at least one adult ticket, or we hit the bargain matinees. And I make dates with my mom to go to bargain matinees during the week (sadly, these are rare occasions.) Otherwise we usually just watch one of the aforementioned movie channels, as our local video store is pretty lame anyway!
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