A night out with your friends is a great way to let your hair loose after a hectic week, dance to your heart’s content, and even perhaps meet some special (if lady luck is shining on you).
The only downside is that going out can be darn expensive. If you are not careful, you can easily spend $100 or more on night—and that’s quite a lot.
However, that doesn’t mean you should say goodbye to good times. In fact, you can enjoy as many nights out as you like even if you are consciously planning to save money. Here are some tips that allow you to have a great time with your friends without injuring your bank balance.
Set a budget
This is the first step which you can’t skip if you are serious about saving money on a night out. Before you go out, set a budget, and most importantly stick to it.
An effective way to ensure you don’t end up spending more than necessary is to leave that plastic card at home.
However, your safety is most important too. So in case, your budget doesn’t allow a cab ride, stay at a friend’s place instead of hitchhiking late in the night.
Actually, saving money on nights out is not so difficult. It just requires some thinking and discipline. And, no, less money doesn’t comprise on fun or looking good. For instance, if you have a special night coming up, instead of buying a $500 dollar dress for it, you can use services of a dress rental in Singapore and look just as stunning.
Have fun without alcohol
Yes, yes, we know everybody says fun without alcohol is impossible… but is it really so? Think about it: can’t you have fun without getting blitzed. And have you ever thought the cost of getting plastered?
Alcoholic drinks are extremely expensive in clubs and in certain pubs. Plus the cost of taking the taxi when you are blind drunk, not to mention the cost of food which you ordered because they looked delicious to you in your drunk state but didn’t actually eat. In short, you can save a lot of money by partying soberly.
Actually, sober nights out are no less enjoyable. Start by having one sober night out a month and see how it goes.
Drink—but not too much—before you hit the town
Well, above we said you should plan one alcohol-free fun night with your friends a month, but what about the rest?
For other drunken nights out, it might not be a bad idea to have a little to drink at home, so that you don’t spend a lot on alcohol outside. However, don’t have too much; otherwise, you might not gain entry to any decent pub.