Going out Without Going Broke
Question: I have a group of friends who love to go out to dinner and out to bars all the time, which is great, as I love to socialize and be out on the town too. The problem is, lately I’ve been a little on the broke side and can’t afford the same lifestyle. I want to see people and be involved, but how do I avoid forking over serious cash every night?
Answer: Everyone I know has this problem. Like you, they either can't afford night-after-night out or, if they can, feel guilty about it because they should be saving more or engaging in healthier activities. You are absolutely not alone here.
Sit down and tally how much you can truly afford to spend on dining, imbibing and Ubering each week. Then spread that amount over just a few nights. You’ll feel less deprived if, when you are out, you aren’t nickel-and-diming yourself at every turn. For the rest of the week, make plans that don’t involve bars and restaurants. Things like cheapie night at the movies, cool library lectures or late-night museum hours.
And because FOMO is a persuasive little bastard, there's always this age-old trick for last-minute gatherings you simply cannot decline: Show up at a night's tail end, when dinner is done and a drink or two will get you through the rest of the evening.