In these pressing times where we feel like we have to make a mental note of every penny we spend, it can be hard to let go sometimes and give in to having a little fun. But rather than running ourselves down and denying ourselves the chance to relax every now and then, it’s important to create a healthy balance. If you want to have fun without throwing your money away, here are a few tricks and tips to still help you enjoy your favorite activities.
You don’t always have to wait until pay day for a night out – just be a little more money aware when you do go. Drinks with friends can often be expensive just for the preparation alone – how many times have you bought new shoes or a dress just for one occasion? Take a look at how much your wardrobe has to offer and try experimenting with different pieces that you wouldn’t usually mix.
When it comes to the night out itself, leave your credit cards at home. Agree a budget with yourself and take the cash. You can also save money by having a glass of water or mixer between drinks – and your head will thank you in the morning!
With the wealth of shopping amenities available to us nowadays from the high street to online, it can be tempting to overspend on things we don’t need. If you must treat yourself, set yourself a clear goal before you leave the house – for example, if you need new sneakers, get the new sneakers, but nothing else. Don’t fall fowl of stores’ attempts to get you to make last minute purchases, and don’t talk yourself into buying things you don’t need either – the guilt you feel will far outweigh the temporary buzz you get from that tempting purchase.
We all like to have a little flutter nowadays, whether it’s betting on your favorite sports team or hitting the casino. However, many of us can sometimes go beyond our limits, and for some, this can even develop into a serious problem. You can still gamble responsibly without having to worry though so long as you set your own limits. Give yourself not only a monetary, but also a time limit – that way you can avoid excluding yourself from taking part in other activities. Many websites today offer safe gambling guides, so take heed of their advice before you place ay bets.
There are a few tricks when it comes to saving money in restaurants. For one, don’t submit to the temptation of little ‘extras’ that the waiter may offer you. Filling up on bread will not only leave you unable to finish your meal, but your wallet won’t thank you either. If you must order alcohol, take note of this little known nugget of advice – the best value for money wine on the list will often be the second one up from the house wine. Slightly more expensive but far better tasting in comparison with its high profit house wine counterpart, so you can still dine in style without throwing your money away.