Adjusting From Single to Family Entertainment Costs

When I was a younger man, I used to spend most of my free time at night hopping from concerts to films to theatrical productions. It was easy then. I needed only to purchase tickets for myself and I could often find a way to get myself added to guest lists. As long as I did not indulge at the bar or restaurant, I could easily find a full evening of entertainment for less than twenty dollars. If I decided to go to a ballgame or other sporting activity, I could sit in the cheap seats and still enjoy myself.

Then I got married. My wife is many wonderful things and there are many great places where she belongs. I quickly learned, however, that she did not belong in the cheap seats or in


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4 Responses to Adjusting From Single to Family Entertainment Costs

  1. Texas Girl says:

    For my kids, I’ve learned that the most fun they have is seeing their cousins, and that’s free. So we have started arranging a get-together at grandma’s once a month, and the kids play together in the YARD. No Miley Cyrus, no video games, no expensive outings. Its a blast. Save money, get to know your relatives.

  2. David Mitchell says:

    Hi Texas Girl,

    Thanks for your comment. I agree completely with your approach! Playing with family and friends is always preferable to expensive outings. I never saw my kids or their friends argue about what to do when they were out in the yard but the arguing always started as soon as they got into the house!


  3. Luca says:

    What an eye opening post. I don’t have kids, but this opens my eyes to what’s around me in my own environment here in a London suburb. There’s lots of music, small museums, theatre and so on locally that that I would usually ignore.

    Nice post.

  4. Za Rodinu says:

    Very sensible indeed, I wish you were around 18 years ago before I married! It’s never too late, I’ll heed your advice now :-)

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