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Pretty much every activity that would entertain you comes with a price tag. It doesn’t matter if it’s watching TV or going out to a fancy dinner there is often a cost associated with our leisure activities. Depending on where you live and your lifestyle this could be very little or it could be a great deal. Entertainment much like shopping is something that our society revels in. Take for example the movie industry, each year there are hundreds of movies created, marketed and watched but the sheer volume of movies in north America compared to the rest of the world is significant.
I don’t want to sound like I’m against entertaining ourselves because I enjoy my downtime as much as the next person but there is a significant cost associated with it. A night out going to a dinner and a movie for two people can very quickly turn into a $100 evening, which is substantial.
The fact that we will spend money entertaining ourselves doesn’t have to be excessively expensive. There are alternatives to the more costly approaches.
Rather than going out to a costly dinner, cook at home. This can be just as much fun at a fraction of the cost. That doesn’t mean that you should never go out for dinner what I’m suggesting is take the time to cook with your significant other, step outside the box and try something you’ve never done before.
Renting a movie rather than going to see one in the theatre. This is another perfect example of how you can save a little money. Personally I enjoy watching a good movie but most movies don’t need to be seen on the big screen to be enjoyed.
A nice walk in the park rather than an excursion to the mall; granted the activities are different a lot of the basic motions are the same. You can explore your neighborhood and see what’s around you rather than fight crowds in a mall.
Take a trip to the local library. For people who enjoy a good book almost as much as a movie the cost of buying new books can very quickly add up. Books used to cost a couple dollars not that long ago, now they’re $10 if you’re lucky and heaven forbid buying a hardcover. Libraries offer the same books but without any cost (not to mention there’s a lot more of them in a library than any bookstore).
Entertaining yourself does not have to be an expensive activity if you put a little thought into the matter. Otherwise be prepared to spend a lot of money that you could have used to paying down some debt or saving for a trip.