How I Save Money on Entertainment

Favorite Trick for Savings Money on EntertainmentJust because my husband and I are paying off a mountain of student loan debt, doesn’t mean I’m sacrificing entertainment and having fun. If we’re going to survive our journey to debt freedom, I think it’s really important that we are able to have fun and relax along the way. Agree? While we’ve found a lot of free ways to have fun, we still spend money on entertainment from time to time. When I spend, I look for deals. Really good deals. How do I score the best deal and maximize fun? I actually use a combination of tools. Here’s one of my favorite:  I like to purchase Living Social vouchers using Ebates to save money on entertainment.

What is Living Social?

Living Social is a daily deals website similar to Groupon. Everyday I get an email alerting me to all the different offers going on in my area. Living Social offers a variety of vouchers from experiences (like classes), to products and even vacations. I’m pretty sure they offer something for everyone.

I’ve always had a good experience using Living Social. Their website is easy to use and they seem to offer the best deals in my area (as compared to other daily deals websites). This year, we’ve purchased two Living Social vouchers: tickets to a grilling festival and tickets for a cooking class. Both events were awesome and we saved at least 40% by using a Living Social vouchers. The Living Social deals made these fun experiences affordable for us. Living Social vouchers can also make great gifts. I’ve gifted them several times and they always go over well.


What is Ebates?

Here’s how the Living Social deal get’s even sweeter. Purchase your Living Social voucher with Ebates. Ebates offers 3% cash back on Living Social purchases. It’s like getting a deal, on a deal. Can you beat that?? Now 3% might not sound like much, but trust me, it adds up. I use Ebates whenever I’m shopping online.


If you aren’t familiar with Ebates, let me give you a brief run down of how it works. Ebates is completely free to use and provides its users with cash-back rewards for online shopping at more than 1,700 different retailers. I use Ebates whenever possible when shopping online. If you aren’t a member, it’s free to sign up. Sign up here and receive a $10 sign-up bonus! After being a member for about three years, here are the savings I’ve earned:

ebates total cash back

The Perfect combo for big savings

I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty proud of this savings technique. It’s not hard to do and it works. Every time. Combining these savings has allowed my husband and I to try things we probably wouldn’t try because of our budget. We want to get out of debt so badly that we avoid spending extra money most of the time. When we were able to take a cooking class together for less than $50 this summer, that was a huge deal for us. We’ve always wanted to try a cooking class. I’m so glad we were able to have that experience without feeling super guilty about the money spent. If you are looking for a way to save money on entertainment then try using a Living Social voucher and make sure you use Ebates to shop for it! It’s so easy! Let me know how it goes for you.


  1. I’m a fan of ebates and Living Social, too. Similar to you, I’m paying off my mountain of student loan debt, so I’m always looking for ways to have fun inexpensively. These have been great tools in my experience.

  2. I have to confess that I am more of a Groupon gal than Living Social; however, I love the idea of combining these two to get more bang for your buck. We typically check Groupon before we think about going anywhere, especially if we want to try something new. Now I will have to check Living Social too. 🙂
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  3. I live in a small town so I’ve never really seen good deals on Living Social or Groupon. I will have to take a look at Ebates though.
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  4. I like Living Social and groupon, but I actually found it cost me a bit more money because I would forget to use them, or I would buy them just because they were a good deal. I still use them, but a bit more cautiously. 🙂
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  5. “It’s like getting a deal on a deal!” Ha, I love that. Who doesn’t like getting a double discount? My boyfriend and I are homebodies, otherwise we enjoy just walking around. I am subscribed to both, but I’ve never tried it out. When I do, I’ll be sure to use Ebates along with it, though!
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  6. Living Social has some great offers in my area, but I never thought about combining it with ebates. What a great idea! I’m all for saving money where you can. And yes, I do agree that fun needs to be had even when you’re getting out of debt. 🙂 I take a cooking class too and I love it.
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  7. I love looking at deal sites. But just LOOKING as sometimes I feel that they have a lot of hidden charges. But I’ll try this technique that you do. Thanks for sharing!
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  8. I have subscribed to Living Social for over six months. Every month I suppose, I buy coupons because of their enticingly great offers. I agree even in debt we can still have fun and get some entertainment that still fit in our budget!
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