One of the things we hear from friends, when we talk about concerts or museums or plays, is questions about how we can afford to do these things. It’s not that difficult. There are a lot of ways to see and do things that don’t cost a lot but are fun and interesting.
We’ve got a series of posts planned that talk about things to do for little or no cost, but one general suggestion is to check out the offerings at your local library, parks & rec department or college; there are a lot of surprisingly good things to be found there, and many of them are affordable.
But not everything can be done on the cheap; what about rock concerts, festivals, big events? How do you do those? Well, it’s a matter of priorities; for example, you can buy a lot of concert tickets and evenings out if you get rid of your car payment. We haven’t had an auto loan in about 15 years; sure, we drive older cars that aren’t terribly impressive, but as nice as a new car is to ride in, it’s not as nice as seeing Bruce Springsteen live. On a smaller scale, a couple of visits to Starbucks equals a movie ticket. Brown-bagging it for lunch during the week equals a dinner out on Saturday. It’s about choices, right? If you trade in some “status” expenses, you can buy some memorable experiences.
You will also find yourself in company with other active people who are enjoying the nice things of life. If you’re friendly, some of them will tell you about other cool things you can do. Networking plays a big role in getting to do cool things.The first step is to get out and so something. Start with the free stuff and go from there.