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Entertainment on a budget

This is a guest post from Jordan who, like me, is struggling to balance his debt repayment with his enjoyment of entertainment (i.e. TV). I can't quit my TV, but Jordan has some helpful suggestions for people less addicted than me to Say Yes to the Dress...

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One of the hardest things to do on a budget as a young person is allotting money for entertainment. This includes not only going out, but also the money devoted to purchase of DVDs, Netflix and Hulu subscriptions, as well as a cable option.

This can get pretty pricey if you’re not careful, but you also don’t need to completely give up your lifestyle. You have to pick and choose what things you feel you can give up, but also what can be the best bang for your buck.

If you love cable and streaming movies, look into an option like DirecTV or a local cable provider that can offer both of those options, that way you can get two services from one provider, cutting down on costs. If this option doesn’t work for you, then you might want to look into only having streaming, just remember that other finances go into solely streaming media.

Whatever you decide to do, remember that you’ll need to make enough of a sacrifice to cut down on your bills and monthly costs, but completely changing your lifestyle is not always sustainable, and can sometimes cause you to have the urge to spend more on random purchases.

What do you guys think? Are you on board the Netflix hot tamale train or do you prefer to stream your way to entertainment happiness?

Jordan Mendys is a blogger, photographer and film producer based out of Moncure, NC. He is finishing up his M.A. from American University this Winter.

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