Finding out how to save money on nights out might seem like it will take the fun out of the evening but trust me this does not have to be the case!
Saving money on our nights out can seem a bit of a bore, especially if you have had to work hard all week. Yet with the Daily Mail recently reporting that:
around 4.3million (15 per cent) are on a financial tightrope
there are times when we all need to cut back a little on the things we enjoy in order to save some cash. So how can you save money on your nights out without compromising your social life? Is it really possible to enjoy evenings out for a fraction of the cost? Read on to discover our top tips to cutting back on what you spend on an evening out.
Saving Money at the Cinema
Most people enjoy going out to watch films on the ‘big screen’. It can, however, prove to be a costly pastime with the rising price of cinema tickets and cinema snacks. Try these suggestions to save a fortune at the cinemas:
- Go on the cheapest day of the week – It may surprise you to find out that the cinema not only charges different prices depending on the time of day you visit but also charges less on certain days of the week. Most cinemas have a special rate on a Tuesday, including Tuesday evenings, so ask your local cinema for details of theirs.
- Take advantage of special deals – Many cinemas have ‘buy one get one free’ deals on in conjunction with other companies. One popular mobile phone provider, Orange, has famously given away ‘buy one get one free’ cinema tickets on Wednesday nights. If you do not have an orange phone, invite a friend who does. Confectionary companies have also given away free cinema tickets if you collect their vouchers on their products. Take advantage of these special deals and halve the cost of cinema tickets.
- Eat before you go – One of the biggest expenses at the cinema is the snacks and drinks. Many cinemas do not allow you to bring your own food with you so check your cinemas policy on food before you go. If you visit the cinema with a full stomach you are less likely to be tempted by the range of sweets, ice cream and popcorn as you enter your film screen.
Saving Money at the Pub
Going out with your mates for a few drinks at the pub is a weekly routine for a lot of people and can be a great way to relax and unwind after a hard day at work. It can also prove quite costly and it may seem hard to imagine a way of saving money at the pub that doesn’t mean you have to stop going! Here are a couple of our money saving tips:
- Look out for discounts – Some pubs and clubs have a ‘Happy Hour’ and drinks are marked down in price earlier in the night. You could purchase a large pitcher or cocktail jug early on in the night, if the cost is lower, and make your drink last all evening. Some bottled drinks are on offer at 2 or 3 for a set price. Keep your eyes open for these offers and if in doubt ask the bar staff for details.
- Check out different pubs – It could be that you are stuck in the routine of visiting the same pub every time you go out. Why not visit different pubs and try to find one that is cheaper. Pubs marked as ‘Free Houses’ usually sell cheaper drinks and you could save a lot of money over a night out.
- Discuss ‘rounds’ with your friends – If you are on a tight budget and only want to have a couple of drinks, discuss this with your friends at the start of the night. It is bound to work out cheaper if you only have to pay for your own drinks.
- Prepare a snack at home – An expense you probably forgot to factor into your night out at the pub is the takeaway everyone will inevitably buy on the way home. Be prepared and sort out your night time snack ready for when you return home. This way you won’t be tempted to splash out more cash.
Having fewer drinks is not only better for your health, but also for your wallet. A report published in the Daily Telegraph reported that ‘18 per cent’ of the people surveyed:
said they did not care about money once they had had a few drinks.
So decide on a budget whilst you are sober and only take the amount of cash with you that you are willing to spend.
Plan a Night In
Having a good social life does not necessarily have to involve going out. Why not plan to have a night in with your friends at home to enjoy a takeaway and watch a film? Have your friends bring a selection of DVD’s with them and get everyone to bring their own drinks. You can buy your drinks from the supermarket for much less than you could at a pub. You could even consider doing this in conjunction with going out to the pub, making the night less expensive.
When ordering takeaways for a group of friends, be sure to take advantage of special meal deals, or set menus to save cash. Try not to order more food than you are going to eat and make sure you don’t end up footing the bill for everyone’s meal!
Saving money on a night out is easy and doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your fun! Just keep your eye open for any special offers and ask for details of any times that might work out cheaper for you.