More Fun for Less Money: 17 Ways to Save on Entertainment

When you’re on a budget, it is important to cut back on how much you spend on nonessentials. But are there ways to do it without sacrificing the quality of your life?

American households spent an average of $2,787 on food outside home in 2014, according to the latest numbers available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey. We also dropped an average of $2,728 on entertainment.

But we can do better. With planning, creativity and some easily adopted habits, you can balance the need to save with the equally serious need for fun. Following are 17 ways to save money while having fun.

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