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Not everyone can afford to have expensive entertainment. Even an intimate dinner with friends or a movie date can cost an arm and leg if not planned carefully. While it is fun to hang out with your friends and go out, doing something that is not affordable may not be something you want to do all the time.
The good thing is that there are lots of ways to make time with your friends by spending less without skipping the fun. It all comes down to proper planning and wise thinking. Try to think of ways that will help you economize and still have fun and unforgettable experiences with your friends.
Here are four ways on how you can save money when going out with friends.
- Set a budget.
This is probably the most obvious way on how to save money, not just when you are going out with friends but also in any other aspects in life. Think of what you really need and what you just want as this help you balance your budget. Remember, you can always have fun without spending big bucks. It is always a good idea to set a limit on how much you are going to shell out and actually sticking to it. One way of doing this is by avoiding a credit card and using prepaid cards instead. Just load up your prepaid card with the maximum amount you want to spend. That way you don’t have to worry once you start hitting your maximum.
- Hit the club early.
If you and your friends are up for a fun night in a club, you could save a lot more if you hit the club early. Usually, entry prices on clubs tend to go up at around midnight and onwards. If you can get earlier than that, you could take advantage of a lot of benefits and probably reduced fees on drinks.
- Party off-peak.
This may not be possible every time since not everyone can go out on a work week. However, if by chance, that you and your friends are planning to go on a party and on a weekday, that would be awesome. Prices tend to go up on weekends as people are expected to flock in clubs. Everything is simply so much cheaper on week nights. You can also take advantage if promotes during off-peak party nights.
- Use coupons.
The key to saving money on a lot of things is by using coupons. Perhaps, you and your friends are simply going out for a dinner. There are a lot of restaurant coupons you can take advantage of so you don’t need to spend a lot of bucks for food. And when you are getting to and from the place you are planning to go to, you can also use promo codes or coupons for any modes of transportation. If you are a frequent Uber user, there are also Uber coupon for existing users that you can definitely use to save even more money.