Social Life on a Shoestring

Social Life on a Shoestring

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How many times have you found yourself saying, “I can’t go out tonight, I just don’t have the money”?  – Pinching pennies or budgeting can unfortunately put a cramp in your social life. If you’re tired of twiddling your thumbs on a Saturday night because you don’t have the cash to paint the town red, try some of these tips to get you back in the social saddle.

Stay In
This is the easiest thing of all when you are strapped for cash. Plus, this way, you don’t have to worry about getting a designated driver to bring you home! Remember, you don’t need to invite everyone in your little black book to have a fun evening; a small party can turn out to be a memorable event filled with lots of laughs. Having some friends over can really be more fun than bar hopping. Think about it, you don’t have to dress up, you don’t have to shout to hear eachother, you can sit comfortably on furniture and the bathroom isn’t strewn with toilet paper and wet toilet seats like many late-night venues.

If you host, suggest to your friends that if they want, to bring a snack. I can bet that nine times out of 10 someone will bring something to munch on. Bringing food is a common gesture, and most people don’t think twice about grabbing some chips when they are buying their drink of choice.

0208_INSTORY_makebelieveball.gif Have a few movies pulled out to choose from if everyone is in a cinematic mood, or get out a deck of cards. If one of your friends has a game that is aimed for adults, ask them to bring it, or perhaps some video games (“Guitar Hero” is a huge hit now). Even though they are your friends, still keep in mind that you need to keep them entertained.

Raise Your Glass, Not Your Tab
Feel like you spent the night drinking with a magician since somehow all your money has disappeared? What’s even more horrific?  – The credit card receipt with an unsightly charge. To avoid this bankrupcy blunder, do these two things:

  1. Bring only your ID and a specific amount of cash. Limiting yourself to $20 is easier to stick to when you only bring one Jackson, not ten.
  2. Leave the credit/debit card at home. There is usually no concept of banking when you are intoxicated, which typically leads to buying drinks for others, buying too many for yourself, or leaving a 75 percent tip for your hot bartender.

Eat Twice
That’s right – eat two times. If the evening plans consist of going to your favorite wine bar or a slightly expensive restaurant, put a little food in your stomach before heading out. Not only will you avoid gorging yourself to the point of gluttony, but also you won’t spend as much on a full platter versus an appetizer.

Think about where you are going and try to balance out the nutritious food your meal will be lacking. Going to a wing place? Eat some veggies and a piece of fruit before getting sloppy with sauce and cheese fries. How about a place that serves up a mean salad bar? Have a small sandwich on wheat bread to fill you up.

0208GIBBERMAN.gifOne Word: Freebie
There is nothing quite like getting something free or at a discount. The Internet offers a bevy of places to print off coupons, such as Zipscene is a great site to find out what’s happening and get discounts, too. Not only can you customize your favorite spots, but you also get great deals by signing up, which – you guessed it  –  is free.

Also, check with your place of employment for discount programs they offer. You’d be surprised just how many companies have discount cards or programs that are free for employees.

And of course, you can always come to one of our Cincy Chic ladies’ nights. You get special drink prices, discounts and freebies – all in one place. Become a Cincy Chic VIP member and enjoy discounts for local businesses. It virtually pays for itself with one use!

Photo: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Location: Fischer Homes
Model: Joann Howard
Makeup Artistry: Jocelyn Sparks, Zoë Custom Cosmetics