Category: Entertainment

Fabulous & Frugal: Stretch Your Holiday Party Budget

Use What You’ve Got in More Ways than One

Throwing a festive holiday get together can become a pricey endeavor if you’re not careful. The cost of all the food, drinks and decorations can really sock a punch to your holiday budget. But don’t worry – there is NO reason why you can’t have a fabulous bash without spending a fortune. Stretch your party budget to the max by getting resourceful and creating the ultimate Fab & Fru party experience for both you and your guests!

Use What You’ve Got!

The key to decorating is to MULTI TASK every element of your party. From edible decor to transforming everyday items that you already have at home into decorations, you can get the party started WITHOUT spending a bundle!

Wrap Your Table Like a Present

If you have wrapping paper remnants lying around, don’t let them go to waste! Use them to design a festive table cloth instead. Just create a runner with a longer piece of wrapping paper, and then use the smaller pieces and scraps to create a unique collage of different colors, patterns, metallics, trees, Santas, or whatever combination you fancy. Use ribbon and tape a bow to the front of the table to really put the finishing touch on your gifty design!

Create an Edible Decor Dessert Bar

Instead of having a savory cocktail party with tons of pricey hors d’ouvres, theme your celebration around dessert instead. And the good news is- there’s no

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Renting and Buying Movies on a Budget

Giovanni Sades / FreeDigitalPhotos.netLet’s be honest, not all movies are worth seeing in the theater or purchasing on video. Many factors determine whether or not a person enjoys a particular movie and everyone’s opinion and perspective differs. Sometimes the plot line leaves something to be desired, the acting is below par, or maybe you just don’t find the movie captivating. One thing is almost certain, you will not like every movie you watch. Conscious shoppers have learned to watch or rent any movie before deciding to purchase it.

Renting and Borrowing

-Join Netflix

As of this writing, you can rent unlimited movies without any late fees or shipping costs for less than $10 a month. In addition, you will have access to thousands of movies instantly from any computer with an Internet connection.

-Public Libraries

Libraries and Universities often offer free movie rentals to their members. Take advantage of them.

-Start a Movie Club

Share movies with your friends. Develop a checkout system and keep track of who has what. Organization is essential in making a movie club successful. If you don’t trust

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Throwing A Successful Party – 5 Essentials

Everyone, whether young, old, inexperienced, or shindig connoisseur, must adhere to a few rules when attempting to host a successful party. The most important of rules is to plan ahead. Make sure you have all of the necessities beforehand; toilet paper, plastic cups, ping pong balls, kegs, etc. Also, be sure to get an estimated body count for the party so you can plan accordingly. Remove any valuables from the common areas and lock the rooms you would like people to stay out of. Also, don’t be afraid to say “no” when females or friends ask for special treatment and want access to your private bedroom or bathroom. Once you let one person do it, you’ll have to tend to every other friend’s request for the duration of your party. That being said, never throw a party without these five party essentials.

1. Alcohol

Whether you drink or not, every party should at least offer alcohol. A little bit of booze can go a long way when it comes to getting your guests to relax and make new friends.

2. Music

If you don’t keep up with the latest music trends, get a friend to act as DJ or bring an iPod. If you have any musical instruments make sure they are accessible. Impromptu jam sessions can be key to a killer bash.

3. Activities

Make sure there is always some sort of entertainment or activity that your guests can participate in. No one likes to stand in a room full of strangers and feel forced into potentially awkward conversations. Games like beer pong, flip cup, dice, and cards can overcome any problematic guy to girl ratios and are great ways to help your guests interact with each other. Competition and teamwork will bring your guests together, allowing them to interact without much effort or personal disclosure.

4. Bathroom Accessibility and Other Necessities

Bathroom lines can put a major damper on any party or gathering and so can a lack of toilet paper. Make sure you have both of these covered well before hosting a party somewhere. Also, try and keep an eye out for vomiting guests. They can not only cause a serious mess, but can potentially hold up your bathroom for lengthy periods of time.

5. Snacks

Even if you can only serve saltines, snacks are a must have. Snacks will not only keep the designated drivers occupied, but will provide intoxicated guests some much needed sustenance. It’s also a good idea to pick up some kind of non-alcoholic beverage for those who don’t drink or are trying to sober up.

Honorable Mention: Party Themes

Some people will argue that having a theme is a necessity for every successful party. Many will agree that some of the most momentous parties are themed; however, not everyone likes to play dress up.

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Movies on a Budget: See Everything You Want For Cheap – PART II


Hopefully by now you have already read PART I of this series on how to save money on going out to the movies.  If you haven’t… CLICK HERE

movies1“Why do YOU like/go to the movies?”  This was the question that I asked our B.O.B. facebook and twitter communities and I can’t say I was surprised by the responses.  The majority of people said they went to the theatre to escape.  At first I thought this was kind of a sad reason.  Were their lives really so bad?  Well maybe not. After further thought I realized these people have simply figured out that movies can be a great outlet for relieving stress, sparking their imagination and can even add a little excitement into their otherwise mundane and repetitive work schedules.

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Movies on a Budget: See Everything You Want for Cheap – PART 1


With movie prices as high as they are, paying to see a below par movie can be very frustrating. Some people have even stopped going to the theaters all together, as a means to cut costs. As a personal movie buff, I can attest that nothing beats a killer movie on the big screen. Furthermore, you can’t get an easier date setting… all you have to do is sit there. So, while I do encourage the use of Netflix and other money saving movie alternatives, here is the first installment of a two-part series aimed at helping add a little bit of the real BIG SCREEN back into your life.

Disclaimer: Some of the tips listed below may be frowned upon by the movie theater,

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Drinking Alcohol On A Budget-13 Tips You Can’t Forget


Ahhhh Booze

. That magical concoction that whisks your worries away, lowers your social inhibitions and brings people together… well on a good night anyways. Let’s be real for a minute, unless you’re just horrible at talking to the opposite sex, Alcohol is NOT a necessity. It was always fun to joke with my friends back in college that food and other necessities came after we bought the keg/handle for that night’s debaucheries. It seems I had the Baller part down… the budget part, not so much.

So if you’re strapped for cash the most obvious and effective method for drinking alcohol while on a budget is simply not to drink at all or to just drink less. Unfortunately for some people… *cough* myself *cough* this is far from the easiest method and stopping all together isn’t really an option with a lifestyle full of bar promotions, football tailgates and rock concerts.

Another issue with trying to save money on Alcohol… it’s a recession proof product. This means the chance and occasion for major bargains on your favorite cocktail are pretty much nonexistent. But don’t you worry, there are still ways to lower that booze bill… I have gathered a list of more useful methods to help you save money on alcohol while still ballin on a budget.

1. PREDRINK – Unless you don’t know how to pace yourself once you get to the bar,

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