After a weekend on the town with friends, have you ever found yourself looking at your bank account wondering where your money went? Somehow you’ve managed to spend a few hundred dollars; money that could’ve gone toward paying a bill or into your savings account. While that bottle service in the club or spending $40 on bottomless brunch Saturdays and Sundays are cool, you don’t have to go broke trying to keep with your friends.
Create A Budget
A part of being financially responsible is monitoring and prioritizing your spending habits. Set a weekend spending budget and stick to it. Invest in a budget tracking app like Mint. Once you reach your limit, find something free to do or kick it at the house. Your pockets will thank you later.
Use Money Saving Websites Like Groupon
Websites like Groupon and Living Social are the plug for restaurant deals, drink specials, plays, spas, EVERYTHING! With new deals appearing every day, you’re sure to find an activity that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Make Alternative Plans
Suggest other money saving activities that can still be just as fun. Why go to the club when you can have a BYOB kick back at your crib? Set up a game night and potluck, create a theme for each gathering, and get creative with your friends!
You Don’t Have To Lie To Kick It
Be honest with your friends about cutting back on your spending. Real friends will not only support and understand you, but also might breathe a sigh of relief at not being the only person cutting back on overspending. You don’t have to lie to or go broke to kick it.
Written By: Taylor Johnson