Ready to spend time with your pals but nervous to check the your bank account? Instead of feeling worried, the best way to approach this is to be ready. Here are seven easy ways to save money when hanging with your friends when you want to have a fun, stress-free day.
1. Split the Bill
This can be especially important if you are doing something with a large expense like traveling. There are many experiences where doing something in a group can be cheaper than doing something as an individual. Also, you can see if your friends are willing to share an appetizer or a large popcorn. Some places even offer group discounts.
2. Go Sight Seeing
Find places you want to see and go there. Recreational activity doesn't have to be expensive. You and your friends can go hiking, biking, or swimming. You can find parks, lakes, or national parks. Explore your city and other cities.
3. Follow Discount Days
Look for Taco Tuesday's or other dinner specials. Another way to compare prices is to check online for events happening in your area. Also look for apps with discounted activities as well.
4. Plan Ahead
Think about how much money you want to spend. Have a realistic idea of how much it will cost to do the activity or activities. When you have an idea then you will feel more at ease. If it helps talk to your friends before about the cost so that they will know how much you are willing to spend too before an event.
5. Pick One Long Activity
Rather than going from one activity to the next and racking up the charges on your card, pick one place to be. Try doing one long activity where the experience is worth the price like a show. Do not put too much pressure on yourself by having a strict schedule or budget. Just try to feel comfortable with your spending and know when you should stop.
6. Do Simple Things
Make simple household things like cooking fun. Invite your friends over and host a dinner party or a pool party. The cost could be low and everyone can still be entertained. You could even have a party theme like game night or karaoke.
7. Do Things You Did as a Kid
Remember when you were a kid and you found ways to have fun without money? Think back to what you did then whether it was building a fort, playing with a pet, or watching your favorite movie trilogy. Bring inexpensive activities to life again because making the most of your time is what matters. Your friends will appreciate you for being creative and spontaneous.