My husband and I have long enjoyed going to the theatre, music concerts and sporting events, but scaled way, way back when I retired last April, in order to get a handle on how best to maximize our newly defined Entertainment budget. Nicely enough, after I got my retirement legs, I discovered an absolute treasure trove of online discount entertainments sites that sell tickets at deeply discounted rates of 50% or more. As a result, we are now going out more than ever, but spending less than ever before.
We are using these same entertainment sites to purchase deeply discounted restaurant deals as well, generally 50% or more off the listed menu price.
And not just at home. I've begun checking into discount offers at cities we have plans to visit in the near future in order to secure the same dynamite deals. Cities like Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. to name just a few. There are so many ways to have a wonderful time at discounts of 50% or greater it's beginning to border on ridiculous. But fortunately for us, an empty seat is no good whatsoever to a venue, so they'll continue to slash prices at the last minute in order to maximize their profits. And the internet makes it a breeze to find and pickup these very sweet offers. (As opposed to having to stand in line for hours at discount ticket booths - remember those days?)
Here are some of our most recent purchases:
- Two nights in Las Vegas at a hotel smack in the middle of the strip (Bally's) plus a buffet dinner for two at either Paris, Rio or Planet Hollywood for $56 a night.
- A meal voucher worth $20 at Johnny Rockets, an old fashioned hamburger joint reminiscent of Bob's Big Boy, purchased for $10.
- Two tickets to attend a magic show, including a three-course dinner for two, for $15 per person/$30 total (just $15 a person), over 50% off the normal rate.
- Two tickets to attend Come Fly With Me (a Frank Sinatra/Twyla Tharp song and dance event), for $20 per person/$40 total, 50% off the normal rate.
- Two tickets to attend a Lord of the Dance style dance production, plus a VIP four-course dinner for two, for $22.50 per person/$45 total, over 50% off the normal rate.
- A meal voucher for four, worth $100 in food at a new local steakhouse, purchased for $40. Our voucher covered four entrees and two desserts.
Not listed, but as frequently utilized, is the Deal of the Day offered by our local newspaper. Check the website of the newspaper that services your town to see if they offer something similar.
I am finding very little overlap between these sites, so keeping an eye on all of them is a good idea to make sure you don't miss something good. As an example, our local newspaper offered a 50% off deal to visit a very popular fondue restaurant in our town. I didn't see it in time, much to my disappointment, and missed out on what would have been a really fun dining event to share with some friends.
So give it a try if you haven't done so before, and be sure to let me know what you find.