Going out on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.
Tips to Going out on a Budget
Here’s a few tips to get the most of your night out.
- Have pre drinks. You are going to be dressed up to go out, but just make the first part of your night, pre drinks at home or at a friends house. This will save you so much money and means you have more for your night out.
- If you are going out in a group and can’t afford to buy rounds, don’t be afraid to say. Better to be honest!
- Set yourself a budget for your night out and stick to it. Take cash rather than your card to avoid taking more money out that you haven’t budgeted for.
- If you are dining out, why not include a voucher. Places like Prezzo are always sending offers for evenings out. Sign up to a few of your local restaurants and go out when you received the vouchers they often send.
- Always alternate your drinks with water. Not only does this save you money but it will also save you the headache in the morning!
- Share dessert – always a winner!
- Share a taxi home if you are going out with friends. It is surprising how much money you save when you split the cost of a taxi fare.
Plan your Nights Out
Although sometimes it can be fun to do something spontaneous, planning in advance gives you time to save the money needed. Whether that’s going on a shopping trip with friends, dinner out or going to party the night away in a club. Schedule in regular nights out with friends. Going out in a group saves you money on a lot of things and is often more fun too.
Host a Party
Although you will often need to buy some essentials, have a BBQ or other party at home can be more fun than going out. Ask everyone to bring something and make a real event of it.
Nights out don’t always have to be about drinking and dinner, get creative and look around on what’s available. You might find concert tickets at the last minute or an offer on an activity day or night somewhere.
Set a Budget Aside
Fun and entertainment is just a part of life as work or exercise for example. See the value in having fun and going out with your family and friends. Set yourself a budget to do this. Over time you might find that you can cut back in some areas to give yourself more time out.