By Meaghan Sands
As college students, many of us are looking for ways to cut down on the cash we spend, but still have a good time. With so many options of places to go for fun-filled nights of letting loose, day trips with friends and the occasional spontaneous hang out, it’s sometimes difficult to find things to fit a college budget.
For those of us who don’t want to fork over a big chunk of our weekly paycheck, there are ways to have your fun and save your bank account.
From hiking the San Gabriel Mountains, heading to the beach or playing some weekend tennis, these are some of the usual freebee activities one may come up with. Local farmers markets and city concerts tend to get in full swing as the weather heats up and summer approaches.
If outdoors aren’t your thing, you may opt for some window shopping at a local mall or along a chic boulevard. Making dinner with friends, game nights and watching a movie are great ways to make use of resources you may already have at home.
Though some of the suggestions given in this column may lend themselves to the more mundane, most of them will aim to introduce you to something new that causes you stop and think, laugh or yearn to share with friends.
While not all will be free, those that do require monetary compensation will be under $25.
This week features a museum that’s less out of the fictional 1981 film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and more out of the Holy Lands that very movie was set in.
The Holyland Exhibition is a biblical school turned museum filled with artifacts Antonia Futterer collected during his two and half year search for the Ark of the Covenant.
Admission to this museum requires an appointment (the docents live on the property) and costs$2.50 for adults, $2 for children, and gets you a two-hour tour with tales of Futterer’s travels and where and what he acquired while oversees. The tour ends with juice and treats from various Holy Land countries.
The museum, housed in a building modeled after King Solomen’s Temple, sits right off the 2 freeway nestled in a residential district. The docents who maintain the upkeep of the museum do not advertise, but rely on word of mouth and the modern day World Wide Web.
L.A. On A Budget
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