Philadelphia on a Budget

Eight ideas worth a million bucks

philly on a budget!

A day out and about leaves your wallet worse for the wear. Boost your bank balance with eight ideas that cost less than $10 each.

1. Because figuring out how to pay for your workout is enough to make you sweat, the Center City location of Maha Yoga & Healing Arts holds $7 Yogahour classes daily. And cheap doesn’t mean inconvenient: Get your twist on during lunchtime and evening time slots.

2. Rescue Spa’s facials lean toward ritzy, so spiff up your complexion with a free skin care consultation instead. A staff member selects products from the spa’s lineup of luxury brands either in person or via email and live chat. Don’t even get us started on the free samples.

3. Sitting front and center at the theater doesn’t come cheap, unless you’re attending readings that are part of Rick Shiomi’s Asian-American playwright series (free; suggested donation, $5-$10). Head to Asian Arts Initiative for up-close performances on March 17 and May 19 or to InterAct Theatre Company on April 21 (all shows, 7 p.m.).

4. Stateside’s happy hour special will indeed give you glee. Shut down your computer in time for $1 oysters Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m. Wash ’em down with $5 house wines.

5. Haven’t been to the Betsy Ross House since your third grade field trip? Renovations mean a closer look at artifacts and changing exhibits. Peruse Navigating Night for insight into Colonial times after dark, and hobnob with a historical interpreter, on-site every day. The self-guided tour is $5; the audio tour is $7.

curtis music!

6. Curtis Institute of Music students play free recitals for the public every week. As the conservatory is one of the best in the world, you may get to hear the next Yo-Yo Ma. No tickets required; just drop in.

7. Everyone knows borrowing from the library is cost effective, but we’ll let you in on a secret: The author events at Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Library don’t cost a thing. Its book signings and Q&As provide access to some of today’s best writers.

8. Play a round of miniature golf at Franklin Square (March-December) for $9 and putt your way through replicas of local landmarks. Afterward, a $5 shake from SquareBurger (reopens March 22) doesn’t set you back much, either.

franklin square!

Photos: Courtesy of Maha Yoga & Healing Arts; David Katzenstein / Courtesy of Curtis Institute of Music; Bruce Andersen / Wikimedia Commons

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