Living Well For Less


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We’ve been hearing it for months: The economy is a mess. Unemployment up, home prices down — and you need a strong constitution to even glance at your 401K these days. There’s no doubt about it, belt-tightening has become the norm. But just because you’re pinching pennies doesn’t mean you have to live like a monk. From movies and arts events to clothing stores, gym memberships, even spa treatments — here’s a list of ways you can live high on the hog without mortgaging the farm.

Riverside revels

Culture mavens get more than their money’s worth at the Valley’s dozens of art galleries, all of which are free (check out our arts resource guide for a comprehensive list). Art Along the Hudson — a collaboration of arts organizations in Kingston, Beacon, Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck, Newburgh, Hudson, and Catskill — offers special arts programs on rotating Saturdays each month, year-round. From gallery exhibits to concerts, street fairs to local history tours, each city showcases the best of its arts initiatives; most events are free. Not to be outdone, restaurants and shops often get in on the act, with special deals and sales of their own. (Visit for schedule.)

Stage stingy

Apparently the feds aren’t the only ones with an economic stimulus package. Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford has three different ways to catch a break on ticket prices to their shows. During their once-a-month “Opportunity Wednesdays,” seats are just $30 (no dinner service, snacks and drinks only). “Family Friendly Fridays” allow patrons who’ve purchased a full-priced adult ticket to bring along a child (age 5-16) for free. And it’s buy-one-get-one-half-price on “Sharing and Caring Sundays.” (Check for specific program dates.)


Flicks for the frugal

Tired of paying upwards of $10 to see a movie at the local megaplex? Silver Cinemas 8 at Poughkeepsie’s South Hills Mall offers a lineup of recent releases for $2 every day except Tuesday — when you can get your seat for just a buck. If you’re looking for more classic fare, both the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie and the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston host Friday night films once a month for just $5 (catch Dirty Harry at UPAC on May 8). At Albany’s Palace Theatre, the Classic Movie Series screens some of the best-loved movies of all time, with tickets just $5; in Peekskill, the Paramount Center for the Arts runs current hit flicks for under $10. New indie films are regularly shown for $7 a seat at Time & Space Limited in Hudson (Girls Rock! and The Silence of Bach are both on tap for May 1-3).



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