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Old 10-15-2007, 06:27 PM
 
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What's your average monthly expenditure for entertainment? Dining out, concerts, movies, weekend trips...etc? Do you budget for it, or just wing it?

I am frugal, and saving for retirement, so my entertainment amount is pretty nil at this point. Just curious about how much people think is a fair amount to spend.

 
Old 10-16-2007, 01:31 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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I only pay about $11,- a month for my Internet connection.
I do not dine out or any other of that stuff.
 
Old 10-16-2007, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Who knows
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We wing it. We don't have cable because it's costly so instead we get Blockbuster Online (which is $20 for 3 unlimited movies a month) and an online subscription to my husband's game. Otherwise we eat out every now and then (I cook at home). We've lived in Arizona for the past 6 months but took our first day trip the other weekend to the Grand Canyon.
 
Old 10-16-2007, 09:36 PM
 
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I'm with both of you...I refuse to spend a lot on entertainment...but, then, like you, I'm not one who has to be entertained to be content and enjoy life.
 
Old 10-16-2007, 11:37 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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The reason I have Internet is because lots of entertainment here is free.
You just have to know where to look.
 
Old 10-17-2007, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Well, I hardly ever go to the movies. But, if I do it would probably either be once a month, or if there really isn't anything worth watching, I'll either wait for DVD or just not see it if it's not interesting to me. Anyways, I watch most of my movies on the movie channels.

My only real Entertainment expenses are my Satellite bill and a few concerts that I attend at the end of the year. I don't know exactly what it all amounts to because I don't do these things too much. But, I do know that my monthly bill for Satellite is $100 a month. If I go to 4 concerts a year, it's probably around $200 for the total. So, I don't see my entertainment time as too much money wasted.
 
Old 10-18-2007, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Ours depends on what Month it is...
We go to two NASCAR races a year let's say both races $500.00 that includes travel expenses.
Don't go out much to each anymore but let's give that $60.00 for the month
Movies once every couple of months $50.00.
Internet $24.50
Satelite(Cable) TV $58.50.

"I'm not one who has to be entertained to be content and enjoy life."

Entertainment doesn't have to cost anything....it's doing what you like to do when you aren't working.

My "entertainment" money isn't wasted.
 
Old 10-20-2007, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
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I spend (after housing/utilities) $103 for cable-highspeed internet-phone. That comes in the "3for1" bundle. So its worth it, to me. I'm disabled dont bother going out to movies, they are not worth the ticket. So I wait 2 mos. and get it at home on my own 48" tv.
I also have Netflix rental subscription, and that way I dont need the premium HBO channels. When Sopranos were on, I did, but now, who needs that added expense? I've already seen the movies 2-3 times, and dont wish to view them all weekend long, night and day.
 
Old 10-20-2007, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
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We wing it. We don't have cable because it's costly so instead we get Blockbuster Online (which is $20 for 3 unlimited movies a month) and an online subscription to my husband's game. Otherwise we eat out every now and then (I cook at home). We've lived in Arizona for the past 6 months but took our first day trip the other weekend to the Grand Canyon.
You need to check out the NetFlix plan. Its cheaper than that. I pay $17 per month and get 4-at a time DVDs. They have lots of sales to buy used (excellent cond) at $5 apiece.
Good deals. So with that 4-at a time plan I really keep the movies rotating per week; getting to watch about 12-15 movies per month. esp. if I do 3 on a Fri/sat. sending them right back with the mailman on Sat. morning? then I got those shuffling to me by next tues. It really is a bargain.
 
Old 10-25-2007, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C.
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does entertainment also include dinners and going out? usually i spend around $200 on all that, but just movies and stuff prob like $20-$25
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