Entertainment

Trade Your Expensive Hobbies for Cheap Ones

If your tastes or hobbies previously ran to the expensive, such as gourmet cooking classes, wine clubs, or shopping in general, you may be wondering what to do with yourself now that consumption is out. Or, if your personal budget no longer allows this consumption? You don’t have to sit at home twiddling your thumbs. Instead, you can find new hobbies and interests, or transform those interests into…
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9 Frugal Fall Entertainment Options

When times get tough, people seek more entertainment. We need to get away from the news of dwindling retirement funds and collapsing banks. However, most of us are trying to pinch our pennies these days. Here are 9 frugal fall entertainment options to keep your mind off the troubles without squeezing your wallet. See a Matinee  Movies are fun, but who wants to pay $12 a ticket? If…
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Frugal Cultural Events

Summer is the season when most cities host free or nearly free cultural events. Of course, this is also the season when you can choose to spend big bucks to experience culture under the stars. Los Angeles is brimming with options, but here are some ideas for finding free or nearly free cultural events near you. Summer Classical Concerts Here in Los Angeles, we have this wonderful place…
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Year-Round Budget Party Planning Tips

Summer and the winter holidays are the two biggest times of year when people host parties. If you’re planning a party, and are worried about busting your budget, use these tips to keep the party costs in check. Plan Early or Plan Late If you plan for the party early, you have plenty of time to plan an affordable menu, schedule the party prep, and scout out affordable supplies. If…
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10 Inexpensive Hobbies You Can Start This Week

When I was a teenager, my boyfriend told me I needed a hobby. It sounds mean, but he meant it in a nice way. Unfortunately, my hobby turned out to be expensive and messy. Now that I live in an apartment, I don’t do it anymore. Instead, I’ve taken up a few inexpensive hobbies. Here ten cheap hobbies you can try. Reading I’ve said it before: reading is frugal.…
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Nine Tips to Save Money on Movies

I enjoy seeing movies, but it costs a fortune to visit the theater. To save money, I came up with nine legal tips to save money on movies. But first, the backstory, which every good movie has: Where I live in Los Angeles, the lowest priced movie theater is $12. If I want to drive a little further, the price falls all the way to $11. It’s practically…
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How to Avoid Getting Sucked In by Fall TV

Along with colder weather and a new school year, the fall brings the return of most TV shows. Once the shows premiere, it’s easy to waste hours you could otherwise be using. Here are my strategies for enjoying the shows I like without getting sucked into stuff I have no interest in watching. Choose Your Fall TV Shows before They Air I used to subscribe to TV Guide…
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Never Buy TV Shows on DVD Again

My husband and I own all seven seasons of the West Wing on DVD. We figured we’d start watching them from the beginning once the show was over. Yeah, that never happened. We’ve watched maybe 20 episodes, most of them after catching a repeat on TV and wanting to see the rest of that episode or the episode after it. Definitely not the best investment, although we didn’t…
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Affordable Memorial Day Barbecue Tips

Memorial Day is the official start of barbecue season. If you can’t grill year-round, this is the time to pull out the Weber and fire it up. Of course, hosting a party can be expensive, but a barbecue can be done for much less money if you follow these tips. Shop the Manager’s Specials for Memorial Day Barbecue Meats The meat and other grillables are the most expensive part of…
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Where to Find Cheap Summer Entertainment

Summer is lazy, and hazy, but it can also start to get a little dull as it wears on. To keep you from hitting the summer doldrums too quickly, here are a few suggestions for cheap summer entertainment. Summer Concerts You don’t have to be in a big city to get the benefit of free or cheap summer concerts. Most medium-sized cities, and even some smaller ones, host…
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