So the weekend has come… and all your friends are planning a great (expensive) night out! The only thing is, you’ve promised yourself that you’re going to start saving money from this month on and pay back all your debts. So what do you do? How can you save money and simultaneously not miss out on making memories with friends? It’s simple, plan creative and amazing ways to have fun either indoors or outdoors with friends on a smaller budget. Here’s a few ways how:
Going to the theatre may seem like a real investment to some, and if you’re taking a trip to the theatre in London then you may think you’re going to have to dig deep. However, you can beat the high prices by choosing the least expensive times- theatre prices during the day are far cheaper than the cost of evening shows. They can go down to almost 50% less than the standard evening prices. If you’re feeling a bit spontaneous or flexible about which show you want to see, it’s also worth checking out discounted ticket websites close to the day you want to visit the theatre- last minute tickets are considerably cheaper. Steer clear of ticket reselling websites that may be a rip off at best, or fake at worst. If you’re in London, visit the half-price TKTS booth in Leicester Square, where each morning at 10am theatres send over lists of leftover seats for that
Make your home the place to be
If you want to be the social butterfly in your group and still remain on a responsible budget then a good plan could be to make your home the hotspot, welcome guest round often and plan meet-ups in your home in advance! Buy some plastic glasses so you have enough for your guests to drink out of, then get everyone to bring their favourite board game, favourite film or favourite album and let the good times begin.
Host a dinner party
Invite your friends round and throw an amazing dinner party! Everyone loves food and you can choose a fun theme for the party to get everyone in the mood to celebrate- who said dinner parties are only for Christmas? Set the table, play some music and enjoy a great time with good friends. Dinner parties don’t have to be fancy or expensive; assign everyone a course to buy or make, or get everyone to bring their favourite foods over and have a feast.
Seek out Happy Hour
Going out for a night in the city can add up. If you don’t fancy paying full price, there are plenty of happy hours to seek out. Be At One bars offer 2-4-1 cocktails during their happy hours (times vary), and if you don’t fancy starting on the alcohol quite so early in the evening then Slug and Lettuce bars (outside of London) do 2-4-1 cocktails all night every night!
Have a cook-off with a few of your friends
Who’s the better cook out of you and your mates? Well, there’s only one way to find out! Invite a few friend over and join each other in the kitchen for a complete cook-off! make it competitive by having a set of judges and also placing the whole cooking process on a time- limit.