More ways to save money and make and keep your friends
- Have a money saving buddy: There is a good chance that someone in your friendship group is trying to save money as well. You can help each other stay on track.
- Plan money saving meet-ups: You don't have to spend a lot to have quality time. A night in or a walk in the country are both free
- Find people with the same hobbies: Look for news about events from local community groups or online groups. It's a great way to meet new people
Saving money on night out
Keep money for a night out separate
To reduce the risk of overspending during a night out, you could:
- Only use cash: Leave your cards at home
- Take online banking and payment apps off your phone: Makes it harder to make payments quickly
- Open a basic bank account for going out: Will not let you go overdrawn
Look out for deals or discounts
You might be able to make some big savings by:
- Signing up to mailing lists and apps for local pubs, bars and restaurants
- Looking out for meal deals and offers
Eat before you go out
If people are meeting for a meal then drinks you could choose to meet them later on. This way you can:
- Save money spent on food: Home cooking is often cheaper
- Lining your stomach help you to avoid being tempted to pay for a takeaway later: Fast food doesn't always equal cheap food
Remember: you do not have to buy a round
Buying rounds of drinks can get expensive, fast.
If someone offers to get you a drink, politely decline. That way, you don't feel like you have to buy them a drink in return. And this can you opt out of future rounds.
Mix and match outfits
You might feel as though you need to have a different outfit for each night out. But you can have fresh looks without changing everything:
- Rotate a set of tops and bottoms that compliment one another
- Have some basics in neutral colours
- Use eye-catching accessories: like jewellery, belts and bags
Charity shops can help you save money on clothes all year round. They are also great for unique party outfits.
Travel as cheaply as you can
If possible, consider using public transport for your night out or other social events. Or plan ahead to split a cab fare.
Don’t take extra risks to save money by walking home alone.
Did you know?
- Some train operators offer ticket deals for groups
- You can get good deals by booking trains ahead
- Many city bus operators have a night bus service. It should be cheaper than getting a cab
- Some cab firms offer discount codes to new customers
Leaving early can be better for many reasons
If you leave early you can:
- Catch trains or buses before they stop for the night
- Get a cab a bit more cheaply. Prices can go up after closing time
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