Sunday, 17 January 2016

Day 17 - Entertainment

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We like to go out for meals, we always have ... our first ever date was lunch in a pub and we have always taken great pleasure in eating out and tried lots of different places in all the areas of the country that we have lived in. 

 BUT during this year, our year of knuckling down and saving as much as we can we realised that to be scrimping and saving with a teeny, tiny housekeeping budget and then to go out and splurge on a meal would be ridiculous and so far out of our Challenge remit as to be stupid, so before Christmas we sat and had a talk about what we could do instead.

We went to the cinema in the first week of December and the advert for the Cineworld Unlimited pass came up .... the answer to our dilemma.  So a week later as a Christmas present to ourselves we spluged and bought two passes.  At £202 each they weren't cheap, but it does mean that if we go to the cinema at least once a week by half way through the year we will have recouped our costs and the last six months of the year we will be enjoying free movies.

I have added a list to the sidebar to show the films we have seen so I can keep tabs on us getting value for money.  I have also added a book list so I can keep tabs of how many books I can read from our shelves during the course of the year.

Today is a No Spend Day


15 comments:

  1. A colleague at work has one of these. He goes to the cinema at least 2x per week and usually racks up between 150 and 200 movies per year! Looking forward to seeing your list. Will you rate them for us? Will you be taking your own snacks?

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    1. It's funny you should say that, I was just thinking I should put my ratings on the list, I have been rating the films in my diary.

      Yes we take our own snacks if we feel the need, although to be honest I don't understand the need for folk to buy so many nibbles and drinks to see them through a two hour film ... we wouldn't starve to death in that time period. We do always take a drink from home as it is usually very warm in the cinema.

      And I also leave us a meal all ready to cook for when we get home so we aren't tempted as we drive past the Chinese takeaway :-)

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  2. We took out a new car insurance deal which gets one of us in for free, so we can go to the cinema more this year, x

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    1. It is good when you get a deal like that, that you can really make good use of isn't it :-)

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  3. That looks like a great deal. I get Netflix for $22 per month streaming and discs and movies are mailed which means I do not have to pay to ride to the cinema then pay for a ticket and I enjoy choosing rather than buying cable television bundles. I do not own a television and do not pay for cable and the Netflix is so much less than a cable bill that it's still a bargain. Enjoy your movies!

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    1. I did try a subscription like that, I can't remember which one it was (my son who has it gave us a special 2 month free trial offer that he had), but I found it too time consuming posting the discs back, we don't live near a post box, so I cancelled it after my free period was up!!

      We also decided when we moved to stay away from any pay to view subscriptions for our television preferring it to be completely free (well apart from the TV licence of course), so we cancelled our Sky basic package and now just have our own Freesat box and dish. The cost of which were both recouped late last year.

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  4. We have looked at this but live too far from cinemas to take advantage of this. Netflix and apple tv seem to be priority on our list getting rid of sky in the process. One/two meals out a month too. Bot extravagant ones!

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    1. We are lucky that the cinema is only a twenty minute drive away AND is opposite our nearest Tesco so we can get fuel for the truck or car while we are there, I do like killing two birds with one stone ;-)

      Yes we got rid of Sky when we moved, although we only had one of the most basic packages it was costing £51 a month at the time we cancelled it. We had a Freesat box and dish installed before we moved in which now means our viewing is completely free of charge, the only Sky station we miss is FOX, but some of the programmes from it appear on Channel 5 eventually.

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  5. We live about an hour away from the nearest cinema so don't go very often, just once or twice a year. Also, it's an hour each way, add to that time to park and the films are really long (sometimes 3 hours with the trailers, so it's a long time to leave the dogs unattended). And when we do, we go in for the morning showing as it's almost half price. There are some films I'd really like to watch but I'll have to wait until they are on TV. We've stopped eating out too although we used to love a nice pub meal. Our first date was a pub lunch followed by a coastal walk. We just make more of an effort with meals at home these days.

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    1. I find a lot of the films do come out on Dvd pretty quickly these days too, and if you are patient after a couple of months you can pick them up for between £3 and £5, much cheaper than the cinema and you can watch them as often as you like then, so there are good alternatives to the cinema.

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    2. I really want to see The Lady In The Van and Joy - what did you think of these? We saw Star Wars (teen son in the house!) and it was really good, even though I wasn't particularly looking forward to it.

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    3. The Lady in the Van was absolutely brilliant, Joy was nowhere near as good as I was expecting it to be, a little bit wacky I think would be the right word for it, but a reasonable film. I quite enjoyed Star Wars too, not my usual sort of film usually.

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  6. I love the cinema and we have decided it should be monthly treat this year. They do a special screening for over 55's on Tuesdays and Thursdays which costs £3 each including a free coffee and biscuits so we are going tomorrow morning to see The Lady in the Van. It's good to see you enjoyed it....

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  7. I think it's important to have a 'thing' to look forward to. Sounds like the perfect choice!

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  8. What a fun and thoughtful idea.

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