BOSTON (CBS) – Today we will look at some of the money savings ideas for entertainment from Nina Terrero, correspondent with Entertainment Weekly and Pepper Schwartz, AARP relationship expert.
Buy movie tickets in multiples. Look for them at Costco or buy straight from the movie theater’s corporate website. Some corporations even offer discounted bulk ticket sales to their employees, so check your benefits package.
You can also get discounted tickets through your local AAA office.
Check on campus for concerts. If you live near a college town, you can catch big-name acts cheap. Tickets may go for less than they would in a stadium or in a theater in a major city.
Just remember you are going to a college campus.
Watch new films at home. Now that studios have begun offering same-day theater and video-on-demand releases, you can catch the latest flicks for $7.99.
Check in with your local parks and recreation department, which even in economic downturns will often receive funding for activities and programs for residents of all ages.
Attend open rehearsals for the ballet, opera, plays or the symphony. Depending on the venue, rehearsals may be free or at substantially reduced ticket prices.
Dine with the next Emeril. Cooking schools run restaurants where students get hands-on training and the public gets to eat without paying top-chef prices.
Attend free lectures at junior colleges or universities, choosing subjects that are new to you and your date. That’s good for relationships and good for our brains, too.
Outings don’t have to be at night. During the day, take advantage of free or low-cost public zoos or museums, where meals also tend to cost less than at restaurants.
Take a drive. And you don’t have to go far if you want to save on gas. Check out area flea markets, garage sales, or festivals.
Skip the cover charge. Big-city dwellers can often find live music at restaurants in nearby small towns without paying at the door. For the price of dinner, you get an evening of music.
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