Or, in other words, budget advice from our own budget angel, Kathy Gonzalez. Whom, you’ll recall, has offered us other econo-tips worthy of note.
We’re at the “awful” point of summer. The novelty has worn off, the heat is horrendous and school is still really far off. Really far off.
Kathy’s advice on cheap thrifty entertainment couldn’t come at a better time. So here we go!
THOUGHTS ON SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT
Netflix — just about the best thing going now that with ANY plan …ours is two at a time for $15 a month but it goes as low as $9.99 I think, and you have UNLIMITED access to the “Play Now” feature.
For just a couple of bucks, you can get a connection contraption to hook your laptop up to the TV. There are over Netflix 10,000 titles to choose from to watch immediately and the new releases you can get via the mail. It’s a great deal.
Also, don’t throw away the VCR. I love the look of “Vintage TV” and finding all of the stuff I used to watch as a kid second-hand for less than the price of a movie rental.
And how awesome is the M-F Drive In? We are one of the few places left in the country with such an awesome family fun outlet. It’s extremely affordable and it’s okay to bring your own snacks…but those are still reasonably priced at the snack bar…32-ounce drink before the show starts is only a buck.
Speaking of snacks and movies, who can live with the guilt that you didn’t pay $2 for your bunch-a-crunch…(for those who have ever slipped in a Snickers bar, hoping it would slide).
Here’s a tip we can all live with. Buy the popcorn AND a pop…just make sure you get the “kiddie” combo. The Grand Cinema are one of the only places left that will let you purchase age-specific items without being that age.
Never try to get the senior citizen meal just to save a buck…they check ID…trust me — KG
When you get the kiddie combo, it can be refilled as many times as you want for fifty cents. That’s a great insider scoop.
Also, check the Union-Bulletin for free entertainment and call the Downtown Walla Walla foundation for a list of dates for the free downtown movie.
Finally, make popcorn like your old school. It’s fun to do, the kids think your magic for turning a tiny bit of kernels into a pot brimming with fluffy white stuff and the taste is so good.
This is a print magazine, as well. The online version offers you endless ideas for crafts, great cakes, family activities all at minimal costs. They have free printouts as well for the kiddies.
Just discovered this one. Great source for coupons for dining and entertainment. Also includes great links to other sites.
This is a Disney thing, so of course you are going to need a copy of the Incredibles or another favorite Disney movie but the site shows you how to turn “Movie Night” into a whole day event. There are games and family activities and food. Example…Have Hero sandwiches, rock hard candy..anything that would go with the theme of the movie.
Not just incredible prices for used books, I found that they have amazing deals on just about anything. I was given a $25 gift card to Amazon and was looking everywhere for hardware for a desk (pull handles). Amazon had them brand new, at half the cost of any local store. The selection was amazing.
Best Book on Saving Hands Down
The Tightwad Gazzette by Amy Dacyczyn
This is an older book and is twice as thick as any Bible but it is a must have tool.
This is not just about saving money. She doesn’t throw anything away thus providing incentive for recycling, it’s about making great home cooked meals from leftovers or whatever you have. It’s about being organized, creative, financially responsible and wise. You’d be amazed at the things you can do with Broccoli rubber bands and bubble wrap. There’s even a great idea to make a reasonably safe bottle rocket with an empty two liter, water and a cork…hours of entertainment right there.