One of the most frustrating aspects of getting your finances under control is finding ways to cut expenses. You see, when you make the decision to get out of debt you have to stop using your credit cards and start spending less each month so that you can pay them off. If you have been using your credit cards regularly, this can mean that you will have a lot less spending money each month. Luckily there are many ways to spend less each month. Today I am going to give you a few ideas for reducing the amount that you spend on entertainment and going out.
Consider Shutting off the Cable
Cable and satellite can cost a fortune each month. While having a TV subscription is the best way to get the most current TV shows and hit movies available, there are some less expensive alternatives that might work for you. If you love movies, you might want to trade in your cable service for a subscription to Netflix. They have packages that start at less than $10 a month. Netflix has a great instant streaming option that allows you instant access to an endless supply of movies and past seasons of favorite TV shows. The selection is ever changing, so you won’t ever have to worry about having nothing to watch.
Another option is to make use of the Internet for the latest TV shows. Hulu offers instant streaming of many top TV shows, often the day after the originally air. If you want to watch these shows on the big screen of your TV, you can sign up for their Hulu Plus package. It costs less than $10 per month and provides access to every episode in the current season for many shows, as well as past seasons for selected programs. These options are a great way to get TV without spending hundreds a month.
Go Out During the Day
Consider going out during the day and staying in during the evening. Afternoon matinees at the movies, or even plays, are often quite a bit more affordable than evening showings. Additionally many movie theaters offer an additional discount for the first show of the day. You can save money at restaurants by dining out during the afternoon. Lunch menus are often a couple of dollars an entrée less than the dinner menu, often for the same meal. If there is a movie that you would like to see or if you have a favorite restaurant research to find the most affordable times which will allow you to enjoy your favorite activities without spending as much.
Break Up an Evening Out to Make the Money Go Further
You can also make your entertainment money go further by breaking up activities. For example if you regularly go out for dinner and a movie on Saturday night, consider making dinner at home and heading out for the movie or starting with a nice dinner out and then renting a movie to watch at home. This one simple trick will cut your entertainment bill in half and you will still get to go out just as often.
The best way to ensure that you meet your financial goals is to make logical plans that will help you get there. These ideas will help you get plenty of entertainment while still cutting back.
What ways have you found to save money on going out?