Many of us are looking for ways that we can cut down our spending. There are many things that we spend money on and some are more important than others. It seems though that there is one area that we seem to be spending more and more money on and that is entertainment. This means things like going out to the theatre or cinema, watching television, reading books, playing video games, watching DVD’s and listening to music. These are things which we may think do not cost much money, but actually each of these expenses adds up and there are various things that we can consider changing that could make these things cheaper.
Cinema and theatre
Going out to performances whether it is the cinema or theatre or music performances or concerts all cost money. The tickets for some events, particularly live ones can be really pricey. However, for many of these there will be a difference in prices between different types of tickets. By booking up early, you will be able to pick from more of the ticket options and this could mean that you will have the option of buying the cheaper tickets. You may also find that certain days and times will be cheaper and so it is worth comparing prices to see if this is the case.
It is easy to think that television is free. However, it does have costs as well as buying a TV set/computer and electricity to run it. You may need a TV licence, subscription to an online provider, a cable subscription or a satellite subscription. It is therefore worth just thinking about exactly what you are paying for and whether you are getting good value for money. Consider whether you are paying for services that you are not using or whether you could get used to having something cheaper.
Books can be a great way to learn and to relax but they can be pricey. If you have a local library then you have access to lots of books for no charge at all. They may be out of date, but you can still learn lots of things and read all sorts of fiction. If you would rather own books then consider buying second hand. You may find that you can purchase the books second hand in shops local to you or alternatively pick them up online using a shop that sells second hand books. Although you will have to pay postage so it may be dearer, it can still be a lot cheaper than buying the books new.
Video games can be really expensive and sometimes we may buy one and then find it rather disappointing and decide that we do not like it. Therefore it is a wise idea to make sure that you read a lot of reviews before you buy them so that you are really sure you will like it. Sometimes in shops you have the opportunity to play the game before you buy which can really help or you could see if any friends or family members have it and you can try out theirs. Read reviews too and look at screenshots to get a good idea of what it might be like. Also sell any games you no longer play to make back some money.
DVDs can be a good way to relax as many people enjoy a film. They can be cheaper than going to the cinema and you may watch it several times so get better value for money. However, how many times will you really watch it? It can be worth thinking about how many DVD’s you have that you have only watched a few times. It could be better to wait until the film I shown on the television and then record it so that you can watch it that way. It will be longer until you can watch it as a DVD comes out long before a film is shown on the television, but maybe the wait will be well worth it.
Buying music has changed a lot. We used to go out and buy a record, then we moved to tapes, then CDs, these days most people buy their music online so that they can listen to it using MP3 players. The price is really not that different though and so you can end up paying a lot for music. There are some alternatives though, such as listening to it on the radio or using an app to listen to it for free. This can be less satisfactory as there are adverts and you do not get so much choice, but it is free and can save you a lot of money. It could be worth giving them a try and seeing how you get on. However, remember that recording songs off the radio to listen to again, unlike recording films off the television, is not allowed.