We’ve all heard stories about the “poor college students” because most people in college aren’t living it big. You’ve got tuition, books and living expenses and you might not have time for even a part-time job. That’s why finding frugal college entertainment is so important. You don’t have to drop $100 every time you and your friends go out. In fact, there are plenty of things to do in a college town that don’t cost a dime. Try to find the middle ground between staying in all the time and spending money every night. Trust me: It can be done! Following are some tips for finding frugal college entertainment.
Attend Music amp; Dance Recitals
Most colleges and universities have music and dance programs, so go watch their recitals. They aren’t nearly as corny as those you would find in junior high and high school and you might even have a few friends who are participating. This is a great way to both support your classmates and enjoy frugal college entertainment. In most cases, these performances are free or cost as little as $2 or $3, which is nothing compared to what you might spend at a bar, club or restaurant. Sometimes they even have free appetizers after the show!
Along the same lines of my first tip, another way to enjoy frugal college entertainment is to attend school plays. The theater majors of your school are talented and often put on very moving performances. Watch the colorful flyers that begin to float around campus and look out for some of your favorite plays. Once you’ve found one you’re interested in seeing, talk to your friends and arrange for a group of you to go. That way, you might get a discount on tickets in addition to your student discount.
If you live in a dorm room, chances are you have Movie Night where everyone votes on a favorite film and watches it in your common room. This is far less expensive than going to a movie at seven o’clock and you don’t even have to pay for the gas needed to get there. If your dorm doesn’t already have a movie night or if you live in an apartment complex, take the initiative and set up a movie night. Everyone can chip in for popcorn, sodas and candy and it’ll be just like going to the theater.
Catch the Matinee
If you’re dead-set on seeing a brand new film in the theater, consider going to a matinee showing instead of paying full-price in the evening. Often, this will knock as much as $5 off the price, though you won’t be able to use a student discount. And instead of shelling out $15 for food and drinks, bring a bottle of water in a bag and drink that while you watch.
Take a Dip
Another example of frugal college entertainment is your apartment pool. If you live in an apartment or if you have friends who do, take advantage of that amenity. Of course, this will only work during the summer months, but it’s a great way to relax and get some exercise.
Be a Designated Driver
If you and your friends want to go to a bar or a club, explore frugal college entertainment by volunteering to be the designated driver. This ensures that you won’t be spending money on drinks and you can ask your friends to pay the cover (if one exists) since you’re not going to be drinking while you’re there.
Eat Before Restaurants
To save money when you and your friends go out to eat, eat a snack or a late lunch before you have to go. While you’re there, don’t order drinks or desserts because this is where restaurants really get you on prices. You can still enjoy frugal college entertainment while having a good time.