It's definitely a time where people are considering what sacrifices they should make to pay the rent – or the bills, as the case may be. But that doesn't have to mean getting rid of all of the fun things that you spend money on. After all, a bit of a tougher economic time means that now, more than ever, people need a little bit of entertainment in their lives. And if you're going to get rid of it all, you're going to leave people a bit unhappy.

Thankfully, it's easy to figure out which things should be nixed from one's budget and which are crucial and must stay. Overly expensive methods of entertainment, like concert tickets for every single band that comes through town, can go. Keep only the ones that you and your family really want to see. Likewise, you should cut down on seeing movies at the local theater, as that costs a lot more money than just watching the same thing at home on satellite tv. And also, it helps to remember that the larger your television set is, the less time you should be spending at the movies in the first place. You can save hundreds of dollars each month just by entertaining your family at home with similar or identical flicks instead.

In fact, one of the easiest things to keep when you're trying to deliberate over what to toss is satellite tv. Because it's much less expensive than buying box sets of television seasons, going to the movies every weekend, or even renting movies when you're going to forget to return them anyway, satellite is a pretty great bargain. And a lot of people have even decided to switch over from cable, where making changes in programming is practically impossible, to get more options at a more affordable monthly rate.

It's easy to see how satellite tv helps you keep to a budget. For one thing, with so many channels to choose from, you'll be hard-pressed to be bored or need to rent a movie. And because there are so many new series to get engrossed in, you won't find yourself wanting to rent epic amounts of DVDs with series that you haven't quite caught up on. In fact, it's a lot better to get hooked to something that's currently airing, because you'll probably be able to catch issues on demand for free, rather than tracking them down on the internet.

Movies also work a lot better on satellite, especially if you happen to have a high definition television or a flatscreen tv. Because there are the premium channels, regular channels showing movies, and Pay-Per-View options, there's always something that you've been dying to watch on. This means that you'll spend less time trying to find parking, arrange for a sitter, and scrape together enough money to enjoy snacks, and more time basking in entertainment at a price that you and your family can afford. For once, there will be no reason to slash a budget.