1. Minor league
Check out minor league games or college games for lower-cost sports entertainment. The concessions are cheaper, as well as your tickets.
2. Use your hobbies
Make your own holiday or birthday gifts by making use of talents like painting, building, crafting, sewing and card-making.
3. Take a seat
Volunteer to usher at local theaters. You'll get the satisfaction of helping out while also getting to see performances — such as concerts, stage shows, lectures — for free. What's more, think of the bragging rights that come from supporting your local arts.
4. Family gifts
Instead of gifts for each member of a family, purchase a gift card the whole family can use for things like movies, bowling or a ball game.
5. Gift of time
Give gift coupons for household chores like babysitting, housework, pet-sitting or yard work rather than spending the money on a present.
6. Check it out
Instead of buying your next book, borrow it from your local library. It's free, and you get to support a great community service.
Contributors to 99 Great Ways to Save 2013: Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, Tara Finnegan Coates, Joan Rattner Heilman, Stacy Julien, Megan Lawson, Marlece Lusk, Bob Lyford, Anne Masters, Jeff Yeager and AARP members like you.
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