For most of us, the holiday season is a time of year
when money is tight. Like 100 drunk frat boys crammed in a
phone booth tight. But that doesn't mean you have to
stay home and stare at the same four walls every
Here are our favorite cheap—and oftentimes free!—fun
Rub elbows with celebrities
If you bought a ticket to a
swanky awards show like the SAG awards, it’d
probably cost you a bundle—that is if you could
manage to wrangle a ticket. What few people realize
is that you can be a part of the crowd of A-listers
like George Clooney and Cate Blanchett at the most
prestigious awards shows—including the SAG awards,
People’s Choice Awards, American Music Awards, MTV
Awards and others—all for free!
How can you do it? By
volunteering to be a “seat filler”! Every televised
awards show needs seat fillers to make the room look
fuller on camera and to take the place of stars
while they’re out of their seats—for instance, while
they’re accepting their award.
Anyone can apply, which can be
AudiencesUnlimited.com. When you’re chosen, you
provide your own transportation (not to worry—awards
shows occur all over the country, not just L.A.),
show up dressed to the nines and be ready to sit
among the stars!
Go to the movies for less
When you think of the
Automobile Club of American (AAA), the image of a
mechanic coming to your rescue probably comes to
mind. Movie tickets probably don’t. But they should!
That’s because one of the perks of membership to
this car club is that you can save up to a whopping
40% on tickets to your next flick!
How’s it work? You simply
purchase the tickets in bulk from AAA (for instance,
in books of 10) for specific theater chains. It’s as
easy as that!
You can order the tickets
online and have them shipped right to your door or
stop by one of their branch offices and pick them up
in person. Surcharges and restrictions may apply and
vary according to location. Visit your local AAA
chapter online by heading to
AAA.com to learn more.
PLUS: Another fun perk of AAA
membership? It qualifies you for discounts for
tickets to theme parks all around the country!
See your favorite shows in
See all your favorite TV shows
in person at no cost! Head to
TVTickets.com for free tickets to shows like
Good Morning America, The War at Home and America’s Funniest
Home Videos. Check their show schedule regularly—new
ones are added all the time and are filmed all over the country.
Visit a home decorating expert—and
get a free consultation!
Sure, you can sit and watch a
TV show about how to redo your bathroom. But it’s
way more fun when you can talk directly with a home
improvement expert who’ll show you exactly what’s
best for your home and how to do it in the easiest
way. But who can afford their own personal home
improvement consultant? You can—because they’re free
at The Home Depot, where every week you can attend a
clinic with an expert who’ll show you how to do home
improvements and décor projects of all kinds. Topics
include designing the perfect bathroom, matching
paint colors and updating cabinets and fixtures. To
learn more, visit your neighborhood Home Depot store
or log on to
PLUS: Have kids? Then sign them up
for The Home Depot’s workshops for kids. They’ll
learn how to build birdhouses, benches, napkin
holders and more!
Enjoy a day of free
It doesn’t cost a penny to
visit wineries and sample their wines—and you might
even get a free tour of the winery and meet the
winemaker, too! Not near Napa Napa Valley or Sonoma
County? No problem. According to The National
Association of Wineries, there are wineries in all
50 states—even Alaska! To find those in your area,
look up the number for your state’s wine association
(every state has one) and they’ll point you in the
Enjoy a day of free ice
Just like wineries, your local
dairies usually offer free tours, too. A delicious
bonus? You’ll be able to sample scoops of
dairy-fresh ice cream for super-cheap or even free!
Be entertained for less!
How? By using coupons that will
get you up to
50% on all kinds of
entertainment—movies, restaurants, museums, spas,
sports games, hotel reservations and more. Purchase
a book of coupons from Entertainment Book at
Entertainment.com for $25 to $45. Or print coupons for free from
Love to see shows when in NYC?
Then head to the TKTS booth in Times Square, which
sells Broadway, Off Broadway, dance and music
events from an impressive 25 to 50% off!