We humans like entertainment and are often willing to spend more than we should on an entertaining experience. Luckily, due to the wide range of entertainment options available to most of us, it is easy to save money on our entertainment needs while still having a great time during a wonderful experience. By simply changing some of our habits, we can get the same amount of entertainment for a fraction of the cost. Here are some of the easiest ways to save money on shows.
When Seeing A Movie
There are many different ways to save money while still seeing the movies that you want to see. One of the best ways to save money is to simply wait until the movie that you want to see is released by movie rental companies. Most movies are available to rent a few months after they are released in theaters. By renting the movie, you can spend $1-$4 for everyone to watch instead of paying nearly $10 apiece for movie tickets.
If you must see the movie in the theater, go during the middle of the day when you will pay matinee prices instead of full price. Many cities also have discount movie theaters located within their borders where second-run movies are shown for a discounted rate. Have a snack before you go or carry a little bit of candy in your pocket to avoid paying for over-priced concession stand snacks.
When Seeing A Live Show
It is also possible to see a live show without having to spend a great deal of money. Instead of spending a large amount of money seeing a national act, look for local events that can be experienced for a lower price. For the shows that you decide to see, purchase the tickets at the venue instead of purchasing them online or through a ticket broker, where you will have to pay a convenience fee. Stay away from the alcohol at these events because every drink is marked up considerably, from the beers to the mixed beverages. To avoid spending money on overpriced food and drinks, have a meal before you go and plan on eating again after you leave.
When Attending Sporting Events
It is easy to get caught up in the action of sporting events and overspend without thinking. When looking for tickets to sporting events, check out ticket broker sites for discounted tickets to events that have a lot of seats left. You may also be able to purchase tickets for a discount from season ticket holders that do not intend to go to the game. However, you must be careful to ensure that you are purchasing real tickets, not clever counterfeits.