A quiet night in: an exercise in frugal saving.

image1As much as any couple, family or group of friends might like going out, it’s never cheap. Whether it’s fine dining or going out to your local bar or restaurant, these are costs that add up all too easily. They may seem cheap once in a while but once you start doing it on a weekly or semi-regular basis, it becomes a larger and larger chunk of your expenses.

In contrast to this, understanding the benefits of a quiet night in can prove useful. More than offering something different and relaxing it can demonstrate a way to stay cheap and cost effective whilst still enjoying the usual perks of life.

Food

If you go out to eat, you should know how much this can cost. Cooking for yourself is usually the cheapest but there are still other options. For instance, if you have the urge for Chinese food, it may be cheaper for everyone to pool money together for chinese takeaways than visit your local restaurant. It’s much cheaper and doesn’t have the added costs of additional drinks and restaurant prices and other service charges that are often forgotten about.

Entertainment

Likewise, if you’re not going out, there is nothing to stop you from being social. Your home can prove entertaining enough with the right company. Cheap entertainment can be anything from a movie rental (if you’re only going to watch it once, don’t buy something you don’t need) to various games, which offer entertainment again and again. These are all cheap, whether you use it once or buy it to use again and again. This is another lesson to be learnt in saving, by understanding the real value of something.

If you come across some movies that you and your friends love, it makes sense to purchase the DVD so you can all watch it whenever you like. Luckily, you can save money by ordering your DVDs online, so you do not have to worry about breaking the bank. To make things more interesting, consider having each person purchase a DVD online and then choosing between your favorites every time you gather.

Additional expenses

Hopefully the two areas above should highlight how easy it is to cut down on those little costs for every social occasion but there are always other areas to look at. Take your appearance, for instance. If you don’t go out to an expensive restaurant you might not need to risk your best shirt or shoes. It can also save on other expenses, such as getting a taxi home late if you’ve been drinking or other travel costs.  So, next time you think you might go out, suggest staying in to the others and see how much can be saved.

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  1. smart adsense alternatives says:

    It is very easy to spend less going out when all of your friends are roughly earning the same and want to spend less. It is much harder to do when some people have money they want to throw around, want to eat out at fancy places… It can be difficult trying to meet everyone’s needs and budgets.

  2. We have been ordering takeout a lot more lately. It’s something I’m trying to cut back on. But, like you said, if you’re going to eat out it’s better to order takeout and avoid paying for tip and drinks then to go out to a restaurant.

  3. There are three things that takes away all my payout and that are weekly eat outs, especially at restaurants with friends, going to movies during every weekends, and frequent shopping. The last one is my worst habit that almost makes me borrow from my close ones. In terms of saving, I have only a little as most of my income is spent on living my life to the fullest. However, it seems I have to be careful while spending as these habits is ruining my family life.

  4. There are three things that takes away all my payout and that are weekly eat outs, especially at restaurants with friends, going to movies during every weekends, and frequent shopping. The last one is my worst habit that almost makes me borrow from my close ones. In terms of saving, I have only a little as most of my income is spent on living my life to the fullest. However, it seems I have to be careful while spending as these habits is ruining my family life. I liked this blog post.

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