Part of living frugally is finding cheap or even free things that you would otherwise have to pay for. We are ridiculously frugal on most things so I am always on the look out for great deals, especially when it comes to things to keep up entertained. Here's some great deals I've come across recently...
- Yesterday hubby and I went to a free community safety forum at the Mob Museum. This month's topic was Emergency Preparedness and it was pretty informative. These events are held once a month and it is a great way to #1, learn some useful safety information, #2, get a free entry to the Mob Museum after the forum (regularly priced at $17 for locals and $27 for non-locals), and #3, have some free drinks and snacks provided at the forum.
- Next Saturday we will use our free Museum Day tickets to go to the Atomic Testing Museum (regular price $22 each!).
- Saturday after next is free National Parks Entry Day. Hubby already has a lifetime senior pass to enter national parks so we won't be going on that day (the parks tend to be crazy busy on these free days) but this is a great opportunity for people who don't already have a pass to go as some parks charge up to $35 per car as their regular entry fee. On a related note, if you have a fourth grader, your family can get a free National Parks pass through this program.
- Every morning I take a quick look at the reddit freebies page to see if there are any free things available that I would be interested in.
- I also take an occasional look at the Class Action Rebates page to see if there is anything we qualify for.
- Tomorrow is TMobile Tuesday so I will of course check the app and see if there are any good freebies we can get.
- Last night hubby and I watched the Ken Burns documentary "Country Music" on PBS. It was a fascinating show about the history of country music which was very cool (little did I know this was a 16 hour(!) documentary so I guess I will be watching the next seven episodes too!). Anyway, when I saw the show was coming on I texted my friend and her husband who are big country music fans and told them to watch the show. They said they don't have TV where they are living now, just internet, so I told them they can find the show free to stream on PBS or get an Over the Air antenna for their TV. Moral of this story, there is often a free option for shows you want to watch, either via antenna or through one of the many online options. As a last option, I think our library either has or will carry a video of this show and if they don't they are very good at ordering any movie that you want to check out from other libraries.
- I'm still working on the manifesting thing. Each night before I go to sleep I watch a couple of videos on manifesting on YouTube. Weirdly enough when I opened my mail yesterday a friend had sent me a receipt with a note that said "I got you a Sam's Club membership, you can go to any store and pick it up". This was totally out of the blue and while I hadn't even been thinking about shopping or Sam's Club, this was a really nice and unexpected surprise!
- Finally, next weekend is the huge Life Is Beautiful Festival in downtown Las Vegas. This is a very popular music and arts festival which draws thousands and thousands of attendees. While I am not usually much for festivals (especially this one, I don't know a single music act...I think I'm getting old!), I am thinking about volunteering to help out at the event. The cost to volunteer is $40 but then you get to enjoy the rest of the festival (I love the arts part) which most people pay $315 to attend. I've done this before at conferences I have been interested in. Instead of paying the full entry price, just volunteer to help out and you get to attend for free or for a very low price!