The secret to sticking to your frugal commitments is to find creative ways to splurge without breaking the bank. One of the major areas that my wife and I cut back in our budget is in entertainment. Living in one of the most expensive regions in the U.S. on a modest income forces us to cut back in some areas in order to make ends meet and invest for the future.
A great example of our commitment is that we just recently cancelled our Netflix account. We aren’t avid movie watchers and Netflix decided to raise their prices. It was only a difference was only $5-$6 dollars, but it was an issue of principle. I couldn’t let a large business get away with this big of a increase in prices just because they offer a premium service. Cancelling our Netflix left us without our most popular way to splurge in our entertainment category. We had to find another affordable option for entertainment.
Why We Usually Stay Away From the Movie Theater
Our commitment to stick to our budget often forces us to stay away from the Movie Theater. Going to the movies is really expensive. An average movie ticket ranges from $12-$15 per person. For just two people, this means that you are spending $24-$30 just on the tickets. If you have a larger family, this adds up quickly. This may mean a huge sacrifice for some, but we just can’t bring ourselves to paying that much for a movie, no matter how much we want to see the latest movie.
How We Got 4 Movie Tickets for $9
Just when we thought we were destined to boredom or financial ruin, my wife and I got a great deal through Living Social. Living Social was offering a special deal that allowed you to buy two movie tickets for $9. So, what else did we do, but buy right away. There are some deals that are just too good to pass up. But wait, there is more. I know you are wondering if I made a mistake when I said 2 tickets for $9, instead of 4 like the title of this post suggests. There’s no mistake.
What is Living Social?
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Living Social, it is online service that offers local deals. All you need to do is to sign up for their email list according to your region and the deals will start coming to your inbox. There isn’t a charge for signing up. You only have to pay for the deals that you want to buy.
They even give you an opportunity to get your deal for free. If you decide to purchase a deal and share it on twitter or facebook and 3 other people buy the same deal through your link, you get yours for free. This is how I got 4 tickets for less than the price of one. I bought one and then my wife bought one with my link. Then, it just so happened that at least two other people bought the same deal through my link. The rest was history.
What’s the Catch?
I know you are probably asking, “What’s the Catch”. I was wondering the same thing when I first heard of Living Social. Technically there is none. There are no hidden fees and all of their deals are legitimate. Some people frown on Living Social because it encourages impulse purchases. I agree that it can do this. If you are trying to save money and you think that it might force you to change your spending habits, then I wouldn’t recommend this service.
You Can Get Great Deals Too!
If you are looking for great deals that you would otherwise buy, sign up to start getting great deals from living social. If you don’t like what you see, you can always unsubscribe.