InTruBeauty: Don't Cut Back and Still SAVE! Going Out

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Don't Cut Back and Still SAVE! Going Out

Hello Ladies!
Today is the last day in our savings series!  Today I'm going to cover the cost of going out and how you can bring it way down, plus have way more fun.  Going out can be so pricey and it's not something you want to cut completely out of your life, or even cut back on!  We love to hang out with our girlfriends and getting them on board with this plan will help you to save even more!

Here's how much we calculated this to cost in a about a month, give or take.  Keep in mind, that all the prices of everything we have covered so far are just rough estimates.  My gym costs from a few days ago are charged to me monthly, but my salon maintenance costs are in a 6-8 week time frame.  So this is not a rigid calculation, it's just a little guesstimating.

Going Out:
- Drinks on the town- $35
- Out for lunch 3 days a week this month- $100
- Dinner with the girls once a weekend- $75
Total:  $210

I'm not gonna lie, looking at those figures, I can guarantee I have spend WAY more on some of those things this month alone.  It happens.  But I can help!  As with any money saving technique, you just have to strap your thinking cap on and make a good choice.

Going out for lunch is the easiest to nix- simply pack a lunch.  But...that's the opposite of what I promised you, because that's cutting back, or cutting out, and we don't want to do that!  We still want to get out there and have fun!  Here are a few ideas I have:

1.  If you work in an office, instate a weekly office potluck lunch.  Do a signup sheet, and even if only 3-4 of your office mates are on board, that's plenty.  Bring easy to please sides, or even chips and salsa.  You can make your own Chex Mix, or do easy brownies.  The best part about this, is even if you're a crummy cook, someone else in the office is bound to have spent some time and effort on something yummy to bring in.  You can get in some gossip time with your office mates, and have a yummy lunch together and put in minimal effort.

2.  If you go to a sub shop, get their special- Subway has $5 foot longs.  It's always a great buy to buy the footlong, and wrap the other half to go- BOOM, supper later.  Doesn't get much more thrifty than that.  Nix the sides and get a water to save even more.

3.  Rather than getting a huge sit down meal for lunch, order the side salad.  Sometimes they come with a bread basket which can fill you up even more.  You might find that a light lunch of a small salad will fill you up enough to get you through the rest of your workday, plus you will save money by not getting the hearty meaty entrees.

Weekly potluck contribution- $20
Sub Special once a week- $20
Side salad once a week- $20

Drinks on the town and dinners out are super easy.  You can get lighter fare like you did with the side salad at lunch, or go a different route.

Take turns hosting a pre-party with your girlfriends at their houses.  Whomever is hosting provides dinner and everyone else BYOB.  A really easy dinner doesn't have to break the bank.  Noodles, with alfredo sauce and cheese, breadsticks, and a side salad could feed 5 people and cost $15.  That's the price of one entree at a restaurant and you're feeding all your friends!  Take turns hosting and get a little tipsy before going out so you don't feel you have to indulge as much once you are out on the town.  Just remember to take a safe ride downtown!

Another idea is to eat family style when you go out.  Pizza joints are great for this.  Between you and 3-4 girlfriends, you could probably polish off a family size pizza.  Split between a few friends, it's a cheap price per person!  Or, sit by a friend at the restaurant and split an entree with her.  Often times dinner entrees are so big that they can perfectly fill up 2 people- and then you can split the bill!  Italian restaurants often offer family style dining too, where a table of people orders several appetizers or dishes and everyone helps themselves.  It's a fun way to dine and save!

Hosting dinner and drinks for a pre-party- $30
Family style dining- $10 

Drinks are easy to save on if you don't mind where you go.  Keep an eye on drink specials.  Especially if you start drinking before you go out at a pre-party, you don't need to have as many while you're out on the town.  Look for 2 for 1 deals or get the special of the night.  This bill can easily be slashed in half!
Drinks on the town- $17

We just brought our bill from $210 to $117

Wahoo!!  That's the end of our savings series for now.  Make sure to share if you have any other special ideas!  Some of these ideas have really saved my wallet!

Now...what do buy with all the money I saved....

Yours in Savings,


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