Why More People are Choosing to Stay In Rather Than Spend Money Going Out

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Staying at home and “chillaxing”, as the former prime minister of Great Britain was fond of saying, is a new national pastime. People no longer feel the need to go out on the town and spend a fortune on food, drink and entertainment. They would rather put their feet up, relax in front of the TV, and enjoy the company of friends, family, and pets. So why is this the case?

Twenty years ago, ending the evening in a nightclub was viewed as the perfect end to a perfect day. You probably couldn’t hear yourself think amidst the din from the super woofer speakers, but at least you were having fun. By the time lights went on and security staff began throwing the stragglers out, you were footsore, tired, but feeling confident you had had a good night.

Millennials Stay at Home

Today, it’s a very different story. Millennials are staying away from nightclubs in their droves. They would rather go for a coffee or hang out at home playing online games such as Sun Bingo. They begrudge spending money on expensive taxis, entrance fees and overpriced drinks. They would rather spend their hard-earned cash on a decent coffee machine or a boxset of their favourite TV shows.

The Death of Pubs

Pubs are still a familiar haunt for young and old, but even pubs have taken a battering in recent years. A price war between supermarkets and breweries has seen pubs lose out. It’s now cheaper to buy a crate of beer from the local supermarket than it is to spend money on a few pints down at your local.

Beer isn’t the only reason we visit the pub. Pub quizzes are always popular, and pubs that serve food tend to attract plenty of customers. However, pubs that don’t offer anything extra, or are lacking in atmosphere, have closed in their droves. It’s a tough old world out there and if you don’t adapt, you die.

Personal Finance Woes

Money is also a factor. People have less disposable income to spend on entertainment, so they look for things to do at home that cost nothing. The economy may well be in recovery, but with all of the upheaval since Brexit, people are reluctant go too mad. After all, interest rates may be at an all-time low, but this doesn’t mean they are guaranteed to stay that way. Sooner or later, interest rates will rise and anyone with a ton of debt will suffer.

The good news is that you don’t need to go out to have fun. It is cheaper to stay in, and with so many entertainment options available for people who prefer to stay at home, you won’t be bored. Here are some options to get you started if you are struggling to think of anything to do at home.

Thanks to a range of different streaming services available these days, you can pay a small monthly fee and enjoy a huge catalogue of movies, TV shows and specially commissioned programmes. It’s the perfect way to spend an evening – curled up on the sofa with a full season of Game of Thrones, or whatever show you like.

Dinner parties are the new entertainment for middle-class couples. Instead of paying ridiculous sums of money to eat in a restaurant, you can take inspiration from your favourite TV chef and experiment with wacky ingredients. On the other hand, if it all goes horribly wrong, watch the Great British Bake-Off and drool.

Board games went out of fashion when video and computers became popular, but many classic board games have enjoyed a comeback in recent years. Old family favourites such as Monopoly and Scrabble are always good fun, and if there are a few of you playing, it’s even more entertaining. You can pick up board games cheaply enough, so buy a few in and the next time you have friends over, challenge them to a game.

If none of the above appeals, remember that the art of conversation is not yet dead. There is nothing wrong with watching a movie or playing a game, but nothing beats an invigorating conversation with someone who doesn’t share your outlook. Give it a try!

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