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Taking advantage of local resources

January 25th, 2010 at 07:03 am

In the past month or so, I've really taken notice of the fact that we do not take advantage of many things that are in our own backyard particularly as far as inexpensive entertainment is concerned.

When I was off from work over winter break, my daughter and I rode the train into the city to do some sightseeing, lunch and shopping. We try to do that every year but for some reason, this year really opened my eyes to what is out there. We walked through the downtown area and passed endless shops and restaurants that would appeal to all of us, even if just for window shopping. Of course, there are also a ton of historic sites, museums and other places of interest within walking distance of the train stations.

Then yesterday, a school friend of my daughter's was performing in a play at a nearby college. This time, we drove into the city (not near a train station). For $10/person, we saw a very good show. We did pay another $13 to park plus the $4 bridge toll, but that's still less money than if we had gone to NYC to see even an off-Broadway show. The colleges in the area offer all kinds of entertainment - concerts, live shows, art exhibits, film festivals, etc. We never go to any of that stuff and we really should. It is usually inexpensive and sometimes even free. It is close to home. And it is not mainstream stuff so there is an educational/cultural/expand your mind aspect to it, too.

I'm going to start looking around online to see where they list upcoming events and make an effort to do stuff like that occasionally throughout the year.

2 Responses to “Taking advantage of local resources”

  1. my english castle Says:

    I think that's a great idea. We've started to go to the planetarium shows offered by my university. They cost s whooping $2 and are really amazing. Plenty of our neighbors pay to skate at a local ice arena, but the ice rink near DD's school is fabulous, free, and has a great fireplace.

  2. Jerry Says:

    Some universities offer health club and swimming memberships for much more reasonable costs than other places, as well. It really can lead to savings to look to the colleges first! That was the insurance my parents had to be able to afford for us to swim or go to plays when I was a kid (I'm the oldest of six!).

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