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    10 Ways To Keep Your Entertainment Budget Under $100/Month

    1. diane @smartmoneysimplelife

      June 15th, 2015 at 7:43 am

      Got to love libraries… and Netflix. 🙂

      The cost of living in the big city might be higher but there are also so many more opportunities for free (or very nearly) entertainment that can’t be found elsewhere.

      Swings and roundabouts, I guess.

    2. Stefanie

      June 15th, 2015 at 8:47 am

      It’s funny how cities have that dichotomy between high cost of living and top access to affordable resources.

    3. Shannon @ Financially Blonde

      June 15th, 2015 at 7:53 am

      Awesome list!! I can understand why you would get backlash for the under $100 a month statement but that’s only coming from people who take no time to research and have no creativity. If there was any city on the planet that you could be entertained for less than $100 a month it’s NYC. There are SO many free and inexpensive events and activities, it just takes planning and creativity.

    4. Stefanie

      June 15th, 2015 at 8:48 am

      I think planning and creativity is always what it winds up boiling down to 🙂

    5. John @ Frugal Rules

      June 15th, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Great list Stefanie! Like has been mentioned, I can understand the backlash, on one level, but it just goes to show you how few actually do the little bit of research required to see what options/opportunities there are out there for entertainment. When I lived in Chicago there were always a ton of things to do that required little to nothing to do and know NYC is even more so the case. Heck, in most places, I’d think that would be the case – you just have to spend the time to find it and be willing to do it.

    6. Stefanie

      June 15th, 2015 at 8:46 am

      I too understand some immediate aversion to the idea of $100 entertainment budget, but in the context of deciding whether to move to the city or not, it’s a small trade off, especially with all these freebies. That’s the great thing about cities- so many resources!

    7. Tre

      June 15th, 2015 at 8:55 am

      We only budget $50 per month for entertainment. I know,we’re cheap 🙂 Our local library has a museum pass you can borrow to visit local museums for free. We bought the kids season passes for Six Flags for Christmas (it was less than $50 each) since that seems to keep them entertained over the summer.

    8. Stefanie

      June 15th, 2015 at 9:04 am

      You guys are rockstars. Great to know that it’s not only doable, but you’re also DOING IT!

    9. Chonce

      June 15th, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Great tips! I live in the Chicagoland area and try to keep my entertainment budget well under $100. I live for free events, Groupons and happy hour specials. It can definitely be done if you are determined and creative enough.

    10. Will @ Phroogal

      June 15th, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Dollar slice, yo!!! Haha, I watched a lot of Casey Neistat vlogs over the weekend.

      I love doing groupon, never ordering expensive drinks at restaurants (or desert), and staying in unless I really want to do something. I’ve stopped going out ‘just because’. It was expensive and boring most nights.

    11. Janeen

      June 15th, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Agreed about Netflix. Hubby and I are always unsure how people need more than the billion shows that are available over the air and on Netflix…? We have a budget of $300 for our family of 7, and we never have a problem staying under budget. We know that it’s one of the first things that we could drastically cut if needed. I’ve often thought about how we could do cheap entertainment and still make a day of it, and it would totally involve time at the library, the park, popcorn and a new goldfish at petZoo, and a round of 50 cent cones at DQ. Boo ya!

    12. Ali @GiveCoolGifts

      June 15th, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      These are great ideas! I would usually just stay inside when I need to save money on Entertainment. Finding good deals is a much better option.

    13. Tonya@Budget and the Beach

      June 15th, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      LA is the same way. If you want to, there are TONS of free or cheap ways to entertain yourself here! And yes I love netflix too! 🙂 When I went to NY we did the lottery and on the same day we won tickets to Newsies, then the Book of Mormon in the evening. The tickets were $30/$25 respectively, and the BOM it was front row center!

    14. Ali @ Anything You Want

      June 15th, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Rush tickets to theater productions are a great perk of living in NYC. My brother lives there and he is able to go to the theater to try to get tickets and if he can’t, no problem. He tries again next week. Unfortunately this doesn’t work if you’re visiting for a weekend.

      I also like the happy hour suggestion. Sadly happy hour is illegal in puritanical Boston.

    15. Natalie @ Financegirl

      June 15th, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      I have a Meet Up account, but I haven’t used it. I really think there is enormous benefit to be had from getting around like minded people – especially when it’s free (or very inexpensive). I think it’s a hidden gem of the internet and a great way to connect with people. I want to do it with other bloggers / online entrepreneurs.

    16. Petrish @ Debt Free Martini

      June 15th, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      People over look fun times at the library. Since I’ve been on this journey to becoming debt free my daughter and I frequent the library and we really enjoy it.

    17. Michelle

      June 15th, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      I’m all about activities outdoors. Sure, it can be expensive to start outdoors activities but once you buy everything you are set to go!

    18. Dane Hinson

      June 15th, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      I’m from the PNW so I feel very fortunate that we’re able to take advantage of local hikes and parks with our kids (when it’s not raining of course). There are always affordable options out there if you’re willing to seek them out. At the end of the day it’s the things that money can’t buy that provide the best form of entertainment. Good people and conversation.

    19. Mel

      June 15th, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      I think another big one – especially among friends in the arts – is swapping. I go to lots of shows and events for free because friends are working them and get me in. And I’m totally down to reciprocate whenever possible. Use your network – for more than just work.


      June 16th, 2015 at 6:33 am

      Anyone could spend zero if they really wanted too and they had other priorities for their money. Using the excuse you can’t live on less than $100 on entertainment living in NYC is just a rationalization because entertainment is more important than other financial goals. It really is about where you want to spend your money,

    21. Syed

      June 16th, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Libraries and Netflix. With our busy schedules and super active 2 year old, there’s really nothing else we need besides these two things. You’re absolutely right, you can spend very little on entertainment if you want to.

    22. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank

      June 17th, 2015 at 5:31 am

      Of course we can. What I do is I watch Netflix stories (that’s it). Now, I am rewatching Sense8. Been a fan of this series since it came out. Thanks for the tips Stef btw.

    23. Reese

      June 17th, 2015 at 8:20 am

      My favorite (in winter as well as summer) in NYC is Coney Island. As cold as it is in the winter, the Russian community makes much more of an appearance as do other Coney Island locals. In the summer, you have the free dance party Saturday evenings as well as ample time – but less space – to roam the boardwalk or get some sun on the beach.

      A close second in NYC for the summer is Governor’s Island. Just being there is an experience in itself!

      Stef’s right; it’s so easy to keep it cheap but it’s equally as easy to get up and end your evening with a bill in the 3digit range.

    24. Holly@ClubThrifty

      June 17th, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Keeping our entertainment budget low has been fairly easy this summer. The neighborhood pool is open which means all my kids want to do is swim. We pack a cooler and head over there most weekend days.

    25. Abigail @ipickuppennies

      June 17th, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Don’t forget movie screenings. The alternative weekly papers had the most offers in Seattle and it’s similar here in Phoenix. But you can generally pick up passes in person at a specific store or send a postcard. You have to show up early and BYOC (bring your own candy), but it’s a great free time.

    26. Travis @enemyofdebt

      June 17th, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Sitting on my deck with friends having a drink or two while we just shoot the breeze with Tiki Torches lit, and Sirius Radio playing. I could do that every weekend!

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      November 12th, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      THANKS! I’m moving to New York in a couple of months and this guide is exactly what I was looking for. I’ve been in New York 4 or 5 times before and I really think this list is perfect for both people who are going for the first time and people who’ve been there before! Info like this is always useful. Good job and thanks again.

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      November 17th, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Good luck with the move!

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