Seems not all businesses are doing poorly in these tough times.
In fact, The New York Times reported last Sunday that as the economy tanks and attitudes are in the dumps, Americans are actually spending more money at the box office. Attendance has increased a whopping 16%, and at this pace 2009 could end up seeing the highest increase in movie goers over the past twenty years!
This is pretty amazing considering movie tickets often cost around $12 or $15 each.
We gave up going out to the movies quite some time ago – not because of the cost, but because we had children and we don’t go out much anymore.
The one time we did have movie and dinner date night it cost over $100 for three hours of fun; and for us, that’s just way too much to spend. Now we rent movies, genereally out of that newly discovered Red Box, where they cost a dollar but have to be returned the next day.
Despite our family’s frugal movie habits, I do understand the desire for people to lose themselves in a movie for a while. We’ve probably all read the articles and books that state in order to continue on a budget we need to make sure we’re doing something for ourselves from time to time; otherwise we get angry that everything has been taken away and we go out and spend our paycheck in one shopping spree.
Plus, with the way the economy has been going, with people losing homes and jobs, sometimes it is good to let reality go and to get sucked up in something else for a while.
And as a mother who is busy, having some quiet time, some time in which I don’t think about laundry, bills, poopy diapers or talking back, really recharges my batteries.
My habit, or should I say obsession, is a good book. Right now I am reading Still Alice, and yes, I paid $15 for it at the bookstore the other day and I don’t regret spending a single cent.
Every night for an hour before I fall asleep I get to lose myself in the pages of a great book and forget about things for a while. The book will last a month. If I average this out I am spending fifty cents per day to entertain, enlighten, and improve myself.
What is it that you are spending money on in these times that helps you escape reality or that gives you some enjoyment? What is the one thing you have not given up and that you feel no guilt over continuing because, as Loreal says, you are worth it?
Some ideas for inexpensive ways in which you can escape reality for a bit might include:
- computer solitaire
- a good book
- magazine subscription
- renting movies
- daily/weekly coffee
- monthly night out with the girls for coffee, dinner, or a glass of wine and good talks
- exercise membership or fitness classes