The art of frugal living is a useful and practical tool. How might being frugal allow you to live life to the fullest without spending a bunch of money? Let’s explore a few ideas for a decadent night on the town without the decadent price.
Organize Your Night Out by Coupons
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Coupons save Americans a bunch of money each year. They may seem small, but they pack a powerful punch. Start with a movie. Sometimes when you buy merchandise, sellers will throw in free or discounted movie tickets. Another way to save on the price of movies is to go to bargain shows on particular days or at particular times. Some theaters also have movie clubs that offer people discounts and free passes. Or watch or rent movies at home. Coupons for places like Redbox are often available. Use coupons for popcorn, soda, and candy; and make your living room the start or finish of your night out.
Coupons make entertainment easier for people who like entertainment on a budget. There are coupons for restaurants, local attractions, travel, parking, clothing, and many other things involved with a night out or doing something fun. Coupons work well for saving money; and for frugal people, that is priceless.
Dining Out and Saving Money
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There are plenty of excellent coupons offered by restaurants. Sometimes you can find twoforone deals too. Restaurants may also offer a childreneatfree night or a discount to children. If you are planning a date night, start with the coupons available in your area.
Pick a restaurant that you both love, or try something new. Chances are that there are dozens of coupons available for nice restaurants near you. A good tip for dining out is to save dessert for when you come home. Again, use the coupons. Find a coupon for a dessert from your local grocery store. Think frozen cheesecake or cookies and ice cream. Dessert at a restaurant is pricey. As you sort through the restaurant coupons, check out places for dessert. It is fun to enjoy a meal at one place and head to another just for dessert.
Pack a picnic and enjoy the sunset. Who says that to have a great meal, you have to dine at a restaurant? Use a coupon for a sandwich shop, and take it to go. Mix it with some cheese and maybe sparkling cider, and enjoy the great outdoor. Take a blanket and eat while you enjoy the moonrise or while watching for falling stars. There is plenty of quality entertainment available on the frugal side of life.
Free Entertainment Opportunities
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Many larger cities offer free entertainment, such as music in the park. Check your city’s event calendar for events that you might enjoy. Take an art tour of your city. Museums often offer free admission one day per month. Go, and enjoy art and history. Pair a free trip to the museum with a poetry reading at a wine shop.
During the holidays, take a thermos of hot chocolate, and stroll the neighborhoods admiring the decorations. This is an excellent beginning to a date. It provides you a lot of time to talk and socialize without the cost being extravagant. This is an example of how being frugal still means spending quality time together.
Host a potluck for a few friends. You can watch a movie or play board games. Getting together with friends is an awesome way to have a good time. Remember that it is the experience that you have that makes the night a success. How you spend your time and money is up to you. You can make these events as social or as romantic as you like.
There are buckets full of frugal ideas for spending enjoyable evenings together. Coupons are the key to saving money. Businesses use coupons to attract customers. So take advantage of coupons. Don’t forget that there are digital coupons too. As you think about how coupons can save you a ton of money, remember that in 2012, coupons saved consumers 800 million dollars. That is a lot of discounted entertainment. How much can you save using coupons to help fund your enjoyable night?