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How to save money on entertainment and still have fun

In this week’s installment of our Taming your budget-busting bills series we look at your entertainment costs and ways to have fun without breaking the bank. 

A nice meal in a fancy restaurant. Tickets to see your favorite group in concert or a big splashy Broadway musical. Treating your significant other to a night out on the town

Everyone has a guilty (spending) pleasure that they love to indulge, but when personal finance advisers look at household budgets one of the first things they will tell you to target for belt-tightening is spending on entertainment. 

Americans spend on average almost $3,000 a year on entertainment, or about 4% of the family budget, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

GET STARTED: How to start taming your budget-busting bills

WEEK 1: Five steps to cutting your expensive cable TV bill

WEEK 2: Shocking electric bill? Free changes can help you cut costs

WEEK 3: How a few small investments can lower your water bill

WEEK 4: Take a bite out of your food bill: How to save money on groceries

WEEK 5: 5 ways to cut the cost of your commute

WEEK 6: How to throttle down on car costs and save thousands

WEEK 7: How to lower your housing costs, whether you rent or own

WEEK 8: Internet bill too high? Here’s how to save

Entertainment isn’t like spending on housing or groceries. It isn’t a necessity but it is one of the things that bring us the most pleasure. For many, it’s one of the main reasons we work so hard — so we have money to go out and have fun.  


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