(Guest post by Joel from Save Outside the Box)
Want to go do something really fun but you’re just flat out broke? I’ve been there. Here are some options that’ll only set you back a single George Washington for those of you that are monetarily challenged, or just cheap as hell.
1. Attend a major league baseball game.
What!? That’s possible? Oh yes. America’s pastime is back in session and a few major league ballparks around the country offer $1 seats to catch a game. One of the teams that offers this is the Atlanta Braves – they open up 186 seats 3 hours prior to every game for fans to catch some action for a single greenback. The Washington Nationals also offer $1 seats on certain Monday night games. Bring your first aid kit though, there is a chance of a nosebleed in these seats.
Is one dollar too steep for you? Go to a San Francisco Giants game. They have a hole in the outfield wall called “the knothole” where fans can catch a few innings of a game for free.
If you don’t have a major league team near you check out a minor league game. The farm teams are famous for their antics to draw a crowd.
2. Explore a new city.
With the cost of gas these days you can barely afford to get to the end of your driveway for a buck. You can however, visit a new city that is hours away. No joke. Megabus and Bolt Bus are coach style bus services that are quickly expanding around the country offering $1 seats on every trip they make.
Here’s the scoop – every seat isn’t a dollar but, if you book far enough in advance (about 3 months), you can snag those ultra cheap seats. I’m pretty sure there isn’t a better travel deal in the world. I’ve been to Memphis and New Orleans via $1 Megabus seats and plan on hitting up some other great nearby cities in the future. They also offer free wifi to help you avoid complete boredom.
3.Watch a movie in the theater.
Dollar theaters didn’t go extinct with the dinosaurs. I enjoy seeing epic movies in the theater, especially ones with great visual work. But damn, I can’t afford the snack bar at movie theaters these days, much less the exorbitant ticket prices.
So do an internet search for a dollar theater near you. You’ll have to wait an extra month or two to see the movie you want but you’ll pay roughly 90% less. Now that’s what I’m talking about.
4. Watch a movie at home.
I’m sure you know about Redbox – but their movies are actually $1.20 now so it can’t make the list, right? Wrong – with promotional codes you can rent even cheaper Redbox movies. I don’t ever rent a movie for full price anymore. Here is a list of promo codes to try when making your selection. You can sign up to receive text messages from Redbox with codes for free and discounted rentals too. By the way, your local library probably has some great free DVD rental options as well.
I hope these ideas help you find ways to have some really fun experiences for just a buck. What type of cheap entertainment do you enjoy?
About Joel: Saving money is in my blood. My family went through some tough financial times in my formative years and that has shaped the way I view and handle money. Saveoutsidethebox.com is where I share my tips for living life to the fullest on the cheap. I also have a day job working on the Clark Howard Show where we are all about consumer empowerment.
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