One of the first measures to achieve an effective reduction of expenses and, consequently, the so dreamed balance of the family budget is to cut the superfluous ones. At that time, one of the expenses that most people choose to reduce are those with leisure. After all, how do you organize your personal finances by going to shopping malls, where the appeal for consumption is constant? Even the Sunday movie can be expensive if it is a routine, since easily the two tickets, popcorn + soda and parking can reach 100 reais!
But do not think that from now on your weekends will be limited to cable TV programming. There are, yes, many free options at low cost of leisure in most cities! Let’s meet some?
Explore parks and squares
Frequent parks and squares in your city! Whether it’s doing physical activity, taking the kids to play in the playground or picnicking with friends, going outdoors is an extremely enjoyable activity, good for your health and costs nothing.
Seek culture in universities and cultural centers
Most universities and cultural centers, public or private, promote some kind of cultural programming, almost always open to the community. Concerts, concerts, cinema, theater and free or popular exhibitions are easily found on the campus of Brazilian universities. This type of event is usually advertised on the institution’s website. It is worth doing a search.
Find out about free programming
Many prefectures invest in free (or near) cultural programming in their cities. Another option is the Sesc – although it functions as a club, many events are open to non-members, usually free or at much lower prices than in other establishments. If you live in a large city, such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro or another Brazilian capital, you can count on the portals service such as Catraca Livre, or De Graça i Vou in Rio de Janeiro, which offer all the free programming of city in one place. Stay tuned!
Visit museums and historical sites
How about being a tourist from your own town? We often live for years in one place and we do not know its historical points and attractions. It is worth knowing or remembering these places! Another option is the museums, which most of the time charge nothing or little for the visitation. Some may reveal great surprises!
How about a movie?
Many smaller cities still have cinemas, which resist the large complexes installed in shopping malls. The advantage of these places is that, generally, the ticket is cheaper and you do not pay for the parking – not to mention that it will be immune to the temptations present in the malls. Also inquire about the cheaper schedules. It’s worth changing the day of the movie if it means paying less for the ticket!
These are just a few ideas you can follow to keep having fun without compromising your budget. And in your city, what are the free leisure options? Do you know other sites where to look for leisure alternatives spending little? Leave your tip in the comments!