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Monday, February 7, 2011

How to have a good time without spending a lot of money

Park activities and indoor games are often free
Flying a kite is a fun and free activity
There are a lot of ways to have a good time without spending a lot of money. So even if that activity you want to do is not free, it still might be possible for less money.

A good strategy to use is to create a fun plan that organizes your fun into activities, alternatives and costs for a more cost efficient good time. The following method is a sample fun plan that can be used to have a good time without spending a lot of money.

Identify activities

Once you have identified things that allow you to have a good time write them down on a columned page or a fun plan. In the first column list and title the activities, then title the second column alternate activities. These other activities should costs less, and if a third alternate column isn't used for a plan b the cost savings and amount can be placed there.

Adjust costs

Adjusting costs for your favorite activities doesn't always have to be difficult. For example, if often have a good time going to the movies and do this so much that it has become a ritual, purchase tickets in bulk or adjust what theater you go to and the time of day. All these methods can reduce the price of a ticket up to 50 percent. Similar techniques can be used anywhere there are multiple entertainment costs or a multi-rate fee schedule.

Seek alternatives

Now that you have identified things that you have a good time doing and lowered the cost, you can think of new things to do and put those in the second and third columns of your fun plan. For example, if you have a good time going out to restaurants or bars with friends, have pot luck parties instead. They can be just as fun and the location can change with each new one.

Eliminate expense

In steps two and three costs were lowered and alternatives were sought, but to literally take it a step further involves eliminating all the expenses of the good time so it effectively free. This may not be possible for all activities but could be for some. For example, not all events cost money. For example, bands and artists looking for exposure may have free admission to their events to raise awareness of their art and charge at other venues later on.

Redefine fun

If all else fails you can redefine fun. This means delving into yourself and getting creative with your good times. First, find a theme in all the activities that give you a good time, then create a new activity that shares that theme for free. For example, every thing you do involves music. Concerts, bars, restaurants, traveling etc., so you know you like music. Then take music and add it to a new event that is free, and it could be anything, making art, a picnic, touch football, party etc. The key is keeping the most fun element in the new activity in order to have a good time without spending a lot of money.

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