Fun on a budget

A person sitting at a desk counting change.
Why decide between groceries and fun in the budget when you can combine them? Lee Lim

A good time does not have to break the bank

Are you looking for something fun and different to do with your friends to spice up your weekends or mid-week spunk, but your outings are a tad expensive and hitting the wallet a little harder than expected? Well, look no further! Today, I am going to talk about different ways you can have fun on a budget! Let’s talk about movie nights, dinner nights out, local shops, and some personal advice. 

I don’t know about you, but movie nights are my favourite way to spend a night off. Whether they are at home chilling out on the couch or at a movie theatre, there are some cheap options out there. Did you know that the Regina Public Library has some awesome DVDs, Blurays, and video recordings? Maybe head to your closest location and grab a good one. You may be able to find some options beyond those on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video without having to pay for yet another subscription, because let’s face it, who really wants to spend more? You might even find a movie that was recently in the theatres but you missed the chance to see. For your next movie night in, go and grab a disc from your local Regina Public Library branch, grab your favourite snack, and have a special movie night in with close ones.  

Did you know that movie theatres still have cheap movie nights on Tuesdays? A standard movie ticket is about $15, compared to a Tuesday night when they are about $10. Your exact savings may depend on the movie and the type of theatre you are going to, but hey, a deal is a deal! Be sure to check out the Cinema Clock website for details. 

But maybe a movie night in sounds lame, and you want to head out! That is okay, too. Other than movies, eating out at a restaurant is one of my go-tos when heading out. You really cannot go wrong with good food, good company, and good vibes. Although one thing that would be nice is a student or loyalty discount, sadly those are not very common in restaurants in Regina. However, what is more prevalent is having specials every day of the week at different restaurants all over the city! I went around and did some research to make you a list of special deals for every day of the week. This way you can try out different locations at reasonable prices all through the week!  

First, there’s Bucket Monday at Leopold’s Tavern, where you get a bucket of appetizers for $7.50! That is almost half price compared to the rest of the week, with options like fried pickles, chicken fingers, curly fries, and more. Taco Tuesdays at The Lobby offer $4 tacos with your choice of protein. My personal favourite day of the week is Wednesday! You can go out and enjoy some wings at Birmingham’s for $9.99 with plenty of different flavour options to choose from; I highly recommend the creamy dill. Next, there’s Pasta Thursday at The Canadian Brewhouse for $11.99.  

Don’t all these deals sound delicious? Keep in mind all prices are subject to change at the restaurant’s discretion, so please check out their website so you know what to expect. Who knows, you may find a different deal that you enjoy even more!  

The fun does not end there. The city of Regina is filled with businesses that have some good cheap options compared to chain stores. You can try checking out the Regina Antique Mall for some home goods and Krazy Bins where the price of the items depends on the day. For example, Monday is $5 and Sunday is $25. Some of the thrift stores around the city are also treasure troves, so take a friend or a family member and have fun exploring!  

My favourite way to find fun and cheap events in Regina is by checking out Facebook events, so give that a try too. Have fun budgeting!   


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