How To Go Clubbing And Save Money
Surely you know the process: you arrive at a club with your friends, pay high entrance fees, and at the end of the night you spent another 100 Dollars and you try to compensate for the high costs during the rest of the week. However, clubbing does not need to be all that expensive.
A typical night out with your friends probably starts out at home; you have a few drinks, you dress up and take a taxi or the car to the club or a bar. In a club, you will usually pay rather high entrance fees in order to enjoy the privilege of too loud music and bad air. Once inside, you might drink one or two cocktails, go for a dance, talk with a few people, have some more cocktails or wine, and the same routine is repeated until the sun sets in the morning. You still remember having at least 100 Dollars in your wallet at the beginning of the night, and still only a 10 Dollar note left.
I find going out very important; it is a good chance to have fun with your friends, to socialise, and basically to have a good time. I believe it is essential to having a high-quality life. However, with the right mind-set, going a night out does not need to be that expensive, nor do you have to ask others to buy you drinks.
Do not pay entrance fees
I have never understood why clubs charge entrance fees just to ‘come in’. Clubs are virtually the same as bars, only that the music is louder and there is a dance floor. I personally avoid clubs which charge too high entrance fees. I might make an exception if an artist I want to see is performing, but else I have no business there. Alternatively, I will find low-budget clubs or I will simply go to a bar in stead. In my experience the people are somewhat more relaxed.
Stay away from cocktails, long-drinks and everything expensive
Cocktails, long-drinks, and everything which is rather expensive has become a fashion. In Europe, a cocktail can quickly cost 11 Euros (around 16 US Dollars). Drink three of those, and you have already spent half of your 100 Dollar budget. In stead, it makes much more sense to stick to either non-alcoholic drinks, or simply beer if you must drink alcohol. Not drinking alcohol by the way does not mean you can’t have all the fun. It is simply a matter of the right attitude, and you will also feel much better and vital the next day.
Avoid taking a taxi
Taxis are typically the expensive beginning and/or ending of a great night out. The typical reasons why people take taxis are either out of convenience, because they had too much to drink (and either they can’t drive or they want to get home quickly), or because no public transportation is running during the night. One remedy could be to simply drink less alcohol, this would allow you to drive your car during the night, or you could take public transport without feeling bad. Additionally, you may want to check when public transportation is running, and either take back the last option of the night, or take the first option in the next morning.
Give rounds, but don’t spend drinks
If I am on a night’s out with my friends, we usually give rounds. I am happy to do that, because I know that I am getting the drinks back. Additionally, I know that my friends will not order the most expensive drinks available. I trust them, and it is give-and-take. On the other side, I will never spend drinks on people I don’t know or I have just met. Especially particular women use this strategy, in order to have a free night’s out. Particularly men are subconsciously trained to spend women drinks as a part of the flirting process. Simply don’t do it, unless you really want to, and it is someone you trust.