Money To Live

August 10, 2008

Frugal Fun with Friends

Filed under: entertainment — by moneytolive @ 5:00 am
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I have a lot of fun with my friends without spending a lot of money. Most of my friends are not consciously frugal, but are living on a graduate student stipend in the northeast (= expensive housing, heating bills, and groceries). Here are some of the things we have been doing this summer.

Movie club — On most Sunday evenings, my movie club gets together to watch a classic movie (my favorites are the BBC productions). It costs $1 to rent a DVD from the library, and we usually share a few bottles of wine (I found a great local NJ wine for $8 that is great with chocolate) and sometimes chocolate.

Cost: $5-10

Free Sample Night at Whole Foods — Every Wednesday during the summer, my local Whole Foods offers samples throughout the store, and since the theme changes weekly, we always get to try something new. Typically there are 1-2 fruit/vegetable tastings, 2-4 entrees, and 1-2 desserts. It is not quite enough for a meal, but it all tastes very good.

Cost: gas to get to the store and home, about $1-2.

Book club — Joining a book club has been great because I have gotten to know interesting people I never would have known met otherwise. We take turns hosting; the host provides an entree (and is reimbursed up to $40 by our sponsoring organization), and everyone else brings sides/desserts/beverages. I limit my spending to $5-$10 when I am not hosting.

Cost for me: $5-10 (+ the cost of a book because I like to keep all the books we read)

Girls Night — Oh how fun these nights can be. The host prepares a dish (dinner or just dessert), and everyone else brings something small.

Cost: $5-10

Theater & Lectures on campus — If you live near a university, check out the performing arts schedule. For less than $10 you can probably get tickets to a student production. During the academic year, Universities invite the community to free evening lectures, so check out those, too.

Cost: free to $10

Happy Hour & a Movie out — Sotto, a local Italian restaurant hosts Happy Hour from 5-7 on weekdays. A filling appetizer costs $5, and a glass of wine is $2.50. A movie at the theater next door costs about $8.

Cost: $15.50 + tax



  1. Katy I love your suggestions! I’ll have to try these with my group of friends!

    If I could add on to your list with things I’ve been doing with friends to save money this summer:

    going to yoga ($10 for over an hour of stretching),
    Scrabble Night! (free!),
    Picking berries at your local farm,
    Instead of dinner and a movie, try going for a Pedi and an ice cream,
    Wake up early and invite a friend over for coffee!


    Comment by Amie — August 12, 2008 @ 3:23 pm |Reply

  2. I loved finding this post…

    Comment by Caiden Waller — August 14, 2008 @ 10:38 pm |Reply

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