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$ave money staying in town

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

July 18, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's the middle of summer, when we like to pack our bags and head out of town on vacation.

But with gas prices above $4 a gallon, more of us are calling off the trips and looking for entertainment closer to home.

In Albany there are some places doing good business thanks to the bad economy.

One of the easiest things to do when you're bored and want quick entertainment, is hit the local video store. That seems to be happening more often this summer.

"They go up during the summer, most people are off from work, kids are off from school," said Jason Dean, Video Warehouse.

Video Warehouse says they're seeing more people these days renting more often for the same reason.

"Gas is extremely too high, we rent movies once or twice a week. It keeps us occupied as a family instead of running out of town for activities," said Moneika Blocker, Albany.

"When they opt out of going to the beach, some of them come here some of them go to Blockbuster, but we try to get as many people as we can and make them happy," said Dean.

Moneika Blocker is one of those happy customers cruising the aisles for the latest flick.

"It's summer time and I'm actually starting my vacation tomorrow. It's kind of iffy if we're going to go out of town or not, if not, we'll find something fun to do in town," said Blocker. 

If movies aren't your thing, how about some jazz.

"Turnout is wonderful tonight, we have a packed house," Calandra Jefferson, Albany Museum of Art, Marketing Director.

The Museum is another good money saver, for just $5 on Friday night a lot of people got a bargain on food, drinks, and music.

"It's an opportunity for people to not only come out and enjoy some good Blues, they can travel and look around our galleries, and see the great exhibitions we have on display as well," said Jefferson.

Though this is the last installment of the summer music series, after all it's still a museum, and has a lot more to see and do, instead of hitting the road when money is a bit shaky.

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