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A lot of people are looking to save money in their everyday lives but it can be difficult to decide where to make cutbacks. Although there are certain things that we would prefer to spend less money on, such as electricity bills and running the car, there is only so much that you can reduce these costs by. It is for this reason that it is often luxuries, such as nights out, that we have to sacrifice in order to save money.
We have come up with a few entertainment ideas that will barely touch your bank balance so you can enjoy them guilt free!
One way to save money on your entertainment costs is to swap cinema trips for movie nights at home. The cost of cinema tickets for two plus snacks can now reach the dizzying heights of around £25 which is a lot of money to pay for a few hours of entertainment. For a fraction of the costs you could rent, or download, a film and buy your own snacks. You could even get two films and have a whole evening of movie watching.
The library is a great place to head to for a bit of free entertainment as it offers books, magazines and free internet. Not only is this a free activity but it can be relaxing to go and lose yourself in a good book for a few hours. Plus you can check the book out to take home with you and enjoy more hours of entertainment in the comfort of your own home.
Baking is a fantastic way to spend time being creative and passing the time without spending too much money. Once you have the staple ingredients in your cupboards it will just be a case of topping these up as and when you need to. If you bake some tasty treats this idea will also save money that you may have spent on expensive supermarket baked goods. Baking is also a good activity for children as they can have fun decorating fairy cakes or cookies; perhaps for a birthday party?
Hosting a party may sound like it is going to cost a lot of money but if you ask your guests to bring food or drink items with them it can mean that you won’t have to spend a lot and can have a great night with friends. This option is likely to work out cheaper than if you all went to a bar or club and you will all end up spending less than you would if you went out for dinner at a restaurant too.
For those nights that you want to be child-free try to strike up a deal with family members or friends to exchange babysitting duties. Babysitters can be quite expensive, especially if you are going to be out for the whole night, so being able to get this service for free can be a great help.
Our final tip is to keep an eye out for what is going on in your local area as quite often there will be exhibitions as museums and galleries which are free of charge. Taking a walk in your local park, or at the beach, can be a fun activity on a budget too.
By Sasha Davison
If you are struggling with money issues due to debt you can call our debt management team on 0800 007 6888 or visit https://www.valourfinancialmanagement.com/ for more information.
30th April 2014
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