Awhile back, an anonymous reader suggested I write a post about frugal things to do over the weekend.
My husband and I tend to be homebodies, and we enjoy relaxing weekends at home. Still, sometimes we like to get out and about.
We’re still getting to know Pittsburgh. One thing we like to do on weekends is go on long drives around the area. The last two weekends, we drove around and looked at all the pretty leaves. Granted, it burns gasoline and adds mileage to the car, but for us it’s worth it. The car gets pretty good mileage, and we really enjoy those drives.
Another weekend activity is visiting the library. What’s not to love about borrowing free books and movies?
However, our library doesn’t have all the movies we could possibly want. So, we have a Netflix membership.
We have a huge list of movies in our queue, and when we’re done watching one and send it back, another one is sent. We end up watching 4-5 movies per month that way, and our plan lets us watch 9 hours of stuff online. For $9 per month, we think that’s a good deal. Check out Blockbuster’s mail-in program as well, if there’s a physical store in your area. It’s good to compare those plans if you’re interested in buying one.
I think it’s absurd that movie theaters charge $8-$10 per ticket for an adult to see a movie at night. No movie I have seen has ever been worth that much. Even for a matinée showing, it’s expensive.
I’m looking for dollar theaters in our area. Does anyone know of any cheap-o theaters in Pittsburgh? Preferably in the north hills?
Sometimes, we’ll play a board game or two. It kind of stinks that there’s only two of us, because that limits some games. But, we like playing Monopoly, Scattegories, and Sequence.
Occasionally, we’ll go out to eat. Enjoying a late lunch (as late as 3 or 4 p.m.) often means the menu will be much lower in cost than the dinner menu. We like using Restaurant.com for coupons, ordering water, and sharing entrees.
Visiting a public park is great free entertainment. Whether you just want to walk around, have a picnic, or play on the swings or the slide (who says you can’t? just because I’m not a kid anymore doesn’t mean I don’t like to slide!), parks can be a lot of free fun.
There are many museums in this city, but I haven’t figured out if any have discount days.
What sorts of free/low-costing things do you do for fun over the weekends?