When times are tough, knowing where to look for cheap entertainment is half the battle.
The newspaper is a good resource for family-oriented festivals, fundraisers and movie nights, as well as local school sports schedules. If you want lots of options from the Greater Boston area, try searchable event listings on websites like boston.com or cityofboston.gov.
For discounted or free passes to nearby attractions, check your public library. You should also keep an eye out for postings in your neighborhood from people with similar interests, such as reading, fitness or music, who might be looking for new book club members, workout partners or musicians to join a jam session.
Lastly, remember your local small businesses, such as bowling alleys, arcades and movie theaters, when you do have a little fun money to spend.