I am currently on a personal mission to build myself a strong financial cushion and get out of debt so I may live the life I was meant to (fabulous, fierce and financially secure… so basically Beyonce… I was meant to live life like Beyonce). I am a huge social butterfly and have been, perhaps, called a lush on occasion by a few friends (in a loving way… I’m sure).
But going out for drinks can add up, especially if you drink quickly like I do. Here are the best tips for enjoying the bar without killing your bank account.
Try what’s on special
Most bars have nightly specials or happy hour. Try to arrange your social time when the savings are the best. If you always drink the same thing and it’s not on special try something new. Worst case scenario; you don’t like it and switch back to what you normally drink for the next one. Best case scenario you find a new drink you really enjoy and save some money.
Alternate between water and alcohol
This is beneficial to your health and wallet! We all know that alternating alcoholic drinks with water can help prevent hangovers but it can also prevent overspending. If you alternate your beverages with water you are splitting your tab in half.
I’m at the age where I am not a huge shot taker anymore, but sometimes it happens. While you may feel like a bad ass slamming down a shot like everyone else, chances are in the morning between your bank account statement and your hangover you will probably just feel bad or like an ass.
Don’t buy other peoples drinks
It’s really easy to get caught up in the camaraderie of going out drinking and taking turns buying rounds, but this is actually one of the sneakiest ways you end up spending more at the bar. Just because you’re ordering what’s on special doesn’t mean you’re buddy is. If you’re drinking $2 wells and your friend is drinking a $5.00 beer you may want to reconsider the “round for round” trade. It might be awkward, but let your friend know that you are trying to save money so you won’t be drinking as much. This will put it in their mind that you probably won’t be taking turns buying drinks. If you don’t feel comfortable saying that, when they offer to buy your first drink politely decline or ask them to grab you a water. This way you won’t feel obligated to reciprocate the offer later on.
Split a taxi or use a ride-share program with rewards.
Splitting a ride can be tricky depending on the city you live in and the distance between your homes, but whenever possible split a ride. Not only is splitting an Uber (If your city allows them) cheaper than getting one alone, it’s also cheaper than a DWI.
Make it a house party
Some of you may have cringed and had a flashback to a younger version of yourself with thoughts of kegs and throw up, but it doesn’t have to be this way. I’ve discovered that as long as I’m with good friends a beer tastes the same at home as it does at a crowded, expensive bar. Instead of always meeting up for happy hour ask your girlfriend if they would rather come over and have a wine night. Because of their short shelf life when opened, bars and restaurants typically mark wine prices up 200-300%. Additional bonuses: you won’t have to fight your way through a crowd for a drink or wait in long bathroom lines!
These are simple ways to save money and still have a night out.
Do it for love,
Edited by M.L. Scarbrough
What are some ways you save when going out?