Everyone needs a night out from time to time, no matter how tight the budget. Just because you are going out doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Here are nine ways to enjoy yourself without regretting it the next time you look at your finances.
Check your spending limit.
Budget fun into your spending before you step out the door. Know how much you can afford to spend before you walk out the door.
Keep only the necessary cards with you.
Consider stopping by an ATM so that you have cash on hand, and then leave all of your cards at home. This will force you to stick to the set budget.
Mention your limitations to your friends.
They will understand financial limitations and may even rework the evening to include cheaper options.
Don’t be over-stressed, if anything goes wrong.
When plans start to change, don’t let yourself feel pressured into doing things that will put you past your budget.
Don’t let yourself be talked into borrowing money for the evening.
If you get money from friends or even take out an emergency loan it means that you will be paying for the evening long after it is over. If you are worried about money after trying to relax, then you will undo all of the good from the night out.
Look for substitutes.
Come up with alternatives to more expensive things, like a nice dinner at your house or friends, or a game night.
Research events around town.
You may be surprised how many cheap or even free activities are available if you look for them. Amateur actors who put on low cost but highly entertaining plays, establishments celebrating anniversaries, or events celebrating a certain time of year.
Spend money and do free activities.
For example, instead of going to dinner and a movie, you and your friends can go to dinner then a nice walk around a park. It’s not only cheaper, it’s more memorable.
Don’t be pre-occupied with only money in mind.
Remember you are out to enjoy the evening, so don’t spend the night stressing about money. As long as you stick to the set budget, you should relax and focus on having fun with your friends.
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