You can have fun on a budget by taking advantage of some great deals that let you play, explore, and be entertained at home. When it’s cold outside, these can be especially good ways for a family to have fun together.
Instead of going out to a movie, have a movie night at home. Save more money by making popcorn and snacks in your own kitchen. Then, gather in front of the TV and watch a movie. Cable providers such as Time Warner Cable offer a wide variety of choices from free movies to movies that can be ordered for as little as $1.99. And, unlike in the movie theater, digital cable customers can pause, rewind and forward their movies which are available for 24 hours. So, make as much noise as you like and take breaks at your convenience. With no need to drive to a movie store to choose and return movies, you even save money on gas.
If you like to sing, a night of karaoke challenge can be fun and funny. A wide variety of karaoke songs and lyrics is available for free to digital customers on Lifeskool Music On Demand (channel 148) on Time Warner Cable. Want to learn the latest dances? Lessons breaking down each dance move are available on Entertainment On Demand (channel 126).
Maybe you would like to learn to play guitar, but don’t want to spend the money for lessons. You can learn to play many best-loved songs on the guitar for free thanks to guitar lessons on Lifeskool Music. If you prefer to watch others perform music but don’t have the money to attend live performances, there are numerous options available to digital cable customers on the On Demand channels. From country music and hip hop to Latin and oldies, you can watch performances and learn more about your favorite entertainers.
If your family’s goal is to get in shape or stay healthy, but you don’t want to spend the money for a gym membership, On Demand offers numerous options for the entire family and every fitness level. While Lifeskool Music offers Fitness & Yoga, Exercise TV (channel 150) features everything from Kids Fun Fitness, Kids Walk, and Family Walk to cardio training, abs exercises, Pilates and Dance Calorie Burn. Sportskool (channel 149) offers more yoga as well as workouts that benefit athletes including Navy Seal strength and endurance training. Sportskool also offers athletes information on how to improve their performance for an incredible variety of sports that include popular favorites such as golf, hockey, basketball and running.
Professional sporting events such as wrestling matches can be ordered for a fee far less than the cost of attending a live event. Other sporting events are available for free.
For those who really want to save money, cable providers offer bundles of TV, phone and Internet services that can cut your monthly bill. Time Warner Cable also offers a 15-month Price Lock Guarantee which allows customers to lock in monthly rates.
So, don’t give up on having fun because of a tight budget. You can still have lots of fun at home while keeping costs under control.