‘3 Simple Ways To Help Fund Your Film Obsession’

Renowned Swedish director Ingmar Bergman once said, “Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” There are few things in the world that can compare to the unadulterated love a film fanatic has for all things cinema-related. Unfortunately, in between attending film premiers and acquiring the most sought-after pieces of film memorabilia, your passion can very soon become a very expensive past-time. Thankfully there are a number of ways in which you can continue to enjoy your love affair with film without breaking the bank.

Draw up a budget

One of the easiest ways to fund your film obsession is to draw up a budget and stick to it. Start by drafting a rough estimate of how much you can afford to spend on movie premieres, film festivals, and any other silver screen-related items and outings on both a monthly and yearly basis. Once your budget is depleted, you need to exercise immense restraint and not give in to the temptation of overspending. Budget in advance for big expenses, as this will give you enough time to set aside enough money to fulfill your dream of attending Sundance or Cannes, or purchasing signed collectibles ahead of the 2020 release of Birds of Prey or Artemis Fowl.

Strive for a healthy credit score

Ensuring that you have a good credit score can open up a world of possibilities to a self-proclaimed film addict. Having a good credit score will better your chances for credit card and loan approvals, which can come in extremely handy if you are planning to splurge on an event. It will also help you qualify for higher limits, which are ideal if you’re planning a cross-country or international trip to catch a much-anticipated premiere. If you’re not satisfied with your credit score, you can enlist the aid of a credit repair company that not only review your credit report, but also challenge your creditors and credit bureaus to ensure the items detailed on their reports are correct.

Save money where you can

A film obsession is by no means the cheapest pastime you can have, and will undoubtedly require you to save money in other areas of your life in order to be able to afford all your outings and purchases. You can start by cutting down on luxuries such as takeout meals, magazine subscriptions (unless they are to publications such as Filmmaker Magazine or Empire), and luxury non-film related holidays. You can also save quite a lot of money by cutting down on your electricity bill, installing low-flow faucets and shower heads, and ditching the named brands when buying clothes, shoes and appliances in favor of cheaper, more generic options.

As satisfying as it may be to indulge in the magic of the silver screen, it’s important to prepare for the expense. By living more frugally, you can afford to enjoy your passion to the max without worrying about how to pay your bills.

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