If you’ve been invited out with the girls – or are trying to arrange a meeting with your besties – but are a little short of cash, fear not. There are many ways to have fun with your favourite ladies without breaking the bank, so here’s how to be frugal while still letting your hair down.
A night out doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the town. You could easily have fun at home, so whether the party’s at yours or elsewhere, plan a host of fun activities from online gaming to DIY face packs and simply enjoy spending time together. Create a playlist full of your favourite tunes, knock up a host of simple yet delicious snacks – think mini pitta pizzas, spicy wedges, crisps, dips and such like – and gossip ‘til your heart’s content.
- Revamp and old outfit
Of course, not everyone may be happy with staying in for the whole night, so if you are venturing further afield and are in need of something glamourous to wear – try revamping an old outfit rather than buying something new. You can do this in a number of ways from adding sequins and buttons to cutting off sleeves, taking up hems or simply combining different accessories for a unique, edgy look. Slipping on a pair of heels you’ve not worn in ages could also make you feel extremely sassy, so raid your wardrobe and get creative rather than being down in the dumps about your inability to go on a shopping spree.
- Drink before you hit the clubs
Buying alcoholic beverages in pubs and clubs can be rather costly, so if you’re in the mood for a tipple how about stocking up on drinks from the local supermarket and getting the party started before you leave the house? This is a great way to get a bit tipsy while avoiding the high mark-up prices at your local or in other popular venues – just be sure to leave your card at home and take out a certain amount of cash only, so you’re not tempted to continue drinking and overspend while out.
- Be the designated driver
If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to drink or can simply have fun without getting intoxicated, then being the designated driver could be your best bet. Not only will you save money on alcohol but you won’t have to wait around for buses or pay for expensive cabs either. Some bars also offer discounted rates on soft drinks for those who are driving, meaning you could enjoy a super frugal night while still having plenty of fun with the girls you like best.
Being careful with your money doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time out with the girls. It’s a case of thinking outside of the box and finding ways to still have fun without spending a fortune, so give the above tips a go and hold onto your hard-earned cash.