It seems as though whenever we go out for night, it costs much more than we originally intended to spend. Having a 'night on town' shouldn't cost you a whole weeks salary.
Keep in mind that amount you spend is directly related to place you go and what you purchase. If you are attending an opera with private balcony seats, followed by an elegant candle-lit dinner . . . . plan on spending more than forty dollars.
However, many activities can be a lot of fun and not cost much money at same time. Sure, it's nice to go out in style once and awhile, but realistically, how often can our pocketbooks afford it?
Use following tips to help cut some of costs when going out. These tips can also be helpful if you have children, and are looking for some lower priced outings.
How And Where To Save Money
You can often find local organizations and establishments offering a variety of "weekly" specials that will save you money. By lowering prices and offering special discounts, these businesses attract customers during their "down" time, or slow days.
For instance, many Los Angeles area bars and restaurants offer free midweek buffets, $1 drink specials, and even half price appetizers. And many times, these specials last all night long! Those that don't, have "Happy Hours" usually from 4-8pm offering food and drink specials ranging anywhere from $1-$5.
Granted these places won't have typical Friday night crowds, nevertheless they WILL provide you and your date more quality time together and save you money at same time.
There is no need to feel cheap, or tight, just because you are interested in saving some of YOUR money. Is there a law commanding that you spend $200 every time you go out?
Check For Local Events
Another idea is to check with your City Hall or local Parks and Recreation center to see what's coming up. Often cities/counties sponsor a number of dance, theater, musical and visual arts events that are either FREE, or cost a few dollars for admission.
Local colleges also offer quite a number of events that cost very little to attend. Sporting events, musicals, drama and performing arts, are just a few that you will find. Contact your local colleges and see if you can be placed on a mailing list to be notified of upcoming events.
Don't forget to check papers and ever popular website Ebay.com!