Sometimes you get what you pay for and sometimes you can get a whole lot more. Here are options to enjoy sports, comedy, movies and fashion without breaking the bank.
New Orleans Saints tickets aren't cheap or easy to come by, but Louisiana is "Sportsman's Paradise" and there are several major- and minor-league teams offering affordable single tickets: NBA's New Orleans Pelicans (www.nba.com/pelicans), Miami Marlins-affiliate Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs (www.zephyrbaseball.com), the New Orleans Voodoo (www.aflvoodoo.com) of the Arena Football League and the New Orleans Jesters (www.nolajesters.com) of the National Premier Soccer League.
The Saenger Theatre hosts touring Broadway shows, but many smaller venues present dramas and musicals by local production companies for $20 or less per ticket. Try the Shadowbox Theatre (2400 St. Claude Ave., 504-298-8676; www.theshadowboxtheatre.com) and productions by The Elm Theatre (220 Julia St.; www.elmtheatre.org) and The NOLA Project (www.nolaproject.com) at changing venues.
Touring comedians perform at larger venues including the Saenger and Civic theaters. Also find them at New Orleans comedy clubs The New Movement (2706 St. Claude Ave., 504-302-8264; www.thenewmovementtheater.com) and La Nuit Comedy Theater (5039 Freret St., 504-231-7011;www.nolacomedy.com) and one-off shows at venues including One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse St., 504-569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net) and The Howlin' Wolf (907 S. Peters St., 504-529-5844; www.thehowlinwolf.com). You can see comedy, often with touring comics, for free on Tuesdays at The Howlin' Wolf and Lost Love Lounge (2529 Dauphine St., 504-949-2009; www.lostlovelounge.com).
Ticket prices at local cineplexes have crept above $10, but there are alternative movie houses that offer cheaper admission and a mix of new, indie, foreign and classic movies. Check out Zeitgeist Multi-Discliplinary Arts Center (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-352-1150; www.zeitgeistinc.net), Shotgun Cinema (www.shotguncinema.org) and Indywood (628 Elysian Fields Ave., 504-345-8804; www.indywood.org).
New Orleans has plenty of major department stores and boutiques. It also has a few places to find familiar brands at steep discounts. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk (500 Port of New Orleans Place, 504-522-1555; www.riverwalkneworleans.com) offers discounted prices at 75 stores, including Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio, Lucky Brand, Gap, Coach, Guess and others. Also check United Apparel Liquidators (518 Chartres St., 504-301-4437; 2033 N. Highway 190, Covington, 985-871-0749; www.shopual.com). New Orleans also has a wealth of consignment and resale clothing shops: Bloomin' Deals Thrift Shop (4645 Freret St., 504-891-1289; www.jlno.org), Buffalo Exchange (3312 Magazine St., 504-891-7443; www.buffaloexchange.com), The Encore Shop (7814 Maple St., 504-861-9028; www.symphonyvolunteers.org/encore-shop), Funky Monkey (3127 Magazine St., 504-899-5587; www.facebook.com/funkymonkeyneworleans), Prima Donna's Closet (Old Metairie Village, 701 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-835-1120; 927 Royal St., 504-875-4437; 1206 St. Charles Ave., 504-525-3327; www.primadonnascloset.com) and Swap (115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-875-2206; 5530A Magazine St., 504-324-8143; 7716 Maple St., 504-304-6025; www.swapboutique.com).