CHEAP ENTERTAINMENT AND TRANSPORTATION TIPS (Part 3)

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Entertainment and Transportation: Time to wake up from your drunken stupor and get home (oh wait, that’s me..)

Welcome our new guest contributor, the Broke Bytch. She is a new college grad with a minimum wage job. Enjoy her irreverent tips for saving and spending. Caveat; Her ideas are her own and I bear no responsibility for their content!

Check out Part 1 of the Broke Bytch Series; True Confession About My Housing Arrangements and Other Cheap Living Options and

Part 2; SAVE MONEY ON FOOD; How to Not Eat Through Your Wallet, No Matter How High the Fiber Content

Cheap Entertainment for the 20-Something (not PG rated)

Cheap forms of entertainment are hard to come by, especially depending on what you like to do. Before I begin my post I must introduce it with somewhat of a disclaimer in order to preempt someone commenting on the limited sphere of information in this post: I am an early 20-something and most of my friends are the same age, keep this in mind when considering my point of reference. I am not aware of what people over 30 do for fun, I assume it is something like watching television or occasionally going out to a movie. This assumption stems simply out of my early earnest investigations of my parents‘ “social life” which subsequently proved too boring to continue.

However, I can comment that at least for myself and my cohort group, a major form of entertainment revolves around drinking. Since I already mentioned happy hour in my previous post, and it’s not this huge secret concept I’ll move on to my other favorite way of getting drinks on the cheap. Stand next to the drunkest person at the bar and suggest that they buy you a drink (have I mentioned I’m shameless? You shouldn’t be surprised). I would suggest for women, showing a little cleave but that’s never been successful for me, in fact it actually has been a disaster. So, I cannot in my right mind condone it.

Another thing I find we 20-somethings like to do is go to clubs. Find a club with the option to arrive early, before the cover takes effect. If you do that, perhaps bring a book, some cards or a board game for the four plus hours until the club gets hopping.

If you are the type of person who needs to get tipsy/drunk in order to have fun at a club, I suggest drinking before and then taking public transportation or have a responsible/sober friend drive you. But make sure to thank them because we all know how much it can suck being the designated driver in a group of wasted individuals and having to babysit your grown-ass friends.

Nevertheless, as much as I enjoy a good social lubricant, being without can be just as fun. I enjoy drinking a soda (much cheaper) and watching my friends make fools of themselves. Now that’s cheap entertainment!

I am a sucker for First Friday type events. Once per month all the galleries are open with free refreshments and activities downtown. One gallery sold $2.00 art trinkets. Great for a cheapskate like me. Many museums have other free days and activities where young adults can mingle.

In our area we have a “meet-up” online listserve with lots of cool activities and they’re usually free. Some of my favs are wine tasting (big surprise), hiking, and some social media get togethers. One meet-up included an entire taco bar for free.

Crystal at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff shared 5 cheap entertainment ideas over at Sweating the Big Stuff, for more ideas.

Cheap Transportation

This brings me to my next point: transportation. I mentioned it before but seriously, public transportation is awesome if you want to save gas money. Yes I am all too aware it has its disadvantages like taking a long time, uncomfortable seats, and sometimes weird/smelly people are on it. But other than that, it’s great. I personally really enjoy watching the crazy people on the bus talk to themselves and make the uptight assholes sitting near them really uncomfortable. Talk about free entertainment- I could write an entire blogpost on the people I’ve witnessed on the bus. There was this one lady who was dressed entirely in a clown suit……..wait, I’m getting off track again, what was I saying? Ah yes, transportation.

Another amazing cheap transportation option is having your relative pay for your gas money (thanks mom and dad), or have your friends and significant other drive you around. I know what you’re thinking, yes, I’m sometimes a bit obnoxious. Fortunately, my other positive qualities force my friends to keep me around. At least I’m entertaining.

I try to carpool whenever possible, even if it’s a bit inconvenient, it saves a ton on gas, and I can listen to music and avoid my friends blather (when I’m not driving).

As always, I am so grateful that you read my random ramblings!!

Peace, Love, and Harmony

Broke Bytch

As always, I welcome your comments (I’m begging you) post your tips on free entertainment and/or transportation!!!!

    9 Comments

  1. I wish we had good public transportation here. Even in Detroit, when I lived there, public transportation options were limited, at best.

    AverageJoe

    August 2, 2012

  2. Sometime in the future, Los Angeles will have better public transportation. Probably for my unborn grandchildren in 20 years! Although I am much older than you, I do remember what I did when I was in my 20s. We would have parties, some of which were around sports (football game) or holiday or just because it was Friday. In those days, everyone brought a dish which kept the cost down. We might do the same for a barbecue too.

    krantcents

    August 2, 2012

  3. I wish we had better public transportation. The club thing is totally true. If you don’t want to pay the rule is you have to get their EARLY to avoid the long lines (which I pointless…it’s only to show off. Inside is not packed with people) and the $20 entry fee. But I grew up out of the club-hopping thing…I don’t think it would be helpful to my image 🙂

    Good writing! Love your unapologetic approach.

    Ornella @ Moneylicious

    August 2, 2012

  4. We are big fans of potlucks. We get together with our friends and have for years doing pot lucks. Not only do you save a ton but you also get to try new dishes. We also carpool when we can to save on gas and parking. That way no one person has to pay the amount themselves.

  5. @Joe, We just moved to an area with fairly decent public transportation, it is such a relief to be able to leave the car at home on occasion.

    Barbara Friedberg

    August 3, 2012

  6. Good writing! I enjoy your article so much. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    Liza

    August 4, 2012

  7. @LIZA-You’re welcome
    @SB- That is my idea of a great commute !

    Barb

    August 5, 2012

  8. There are bars in my area that have happy hour parties that you can win. “Winning” isn’t hard because if you put your name on the list, you get invited to one. I really enjoy these because you get in before the bar gets hopping and they have ridiculously cheap drink specials. They ALSO have free buffets which are delicious! There is a place that has a whole taco bar. Mmm. Anyway, those are my two cents.

    Renee

    August 17, 2012

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