Great Nights Out on a Shoestring
With the current economic downturn many of us are starting to feel the pinch and cutting back on our nights out. However this need not be the case as there are many ways that you can have a great night out without it costing you the earth. Here are some top tips on how to have a great night out on a shoestring budget.
For those who are prepared to go out during the working week then there are usually deals to be had on meals at restaurants. During the week many restaurants offer two for one deals on their main courses or set menus for a set price. Restaurants can often be less crowded during the week so you will most likely receive better service and have a much more pleasant experience. Couples dining during the week may find the experience much more romantic as there are fewer people around.
The cinema is always a great place to have a night out. If you pick a later showing then you can always eat at home before going saving you money on snacks whilst watching the film. Cinema tickets are also cheaper during the week and many cinemas have specific days of the week when they offer special deals on their prices.
In the evenings there are many art galleries that offer viewing of new artists or collections. These viewing are often free and usually there are nibbles and champagne available. Art galleries often advertise these viewing when they highlight the work of a particular artist that they are currently exhibiting. Many galleries have email or mailing lists that they use to invite guests to special viewing so signing up to be on the mailing list may provide you with a free night out.
There are many ways to reduce the costs of going out for a traditional night out. Eating a large filling meal at home before going out to a pub or nightclub can often mean that you do not get the munchies half way through your night out, saving you money on expensive bar food. Another good way to save money is to intersperse your alcoholic drinks with a drink of tap water. This way you will end up less merry at the end of the night, meaning you will feel better in the morning and you will have more money in your pocket.
During weeknights there are often cheap Box Office theatre tickets available for those who are willing to see any show. If you go onto a theatres standby list then you can often obtain unsold tickets, or tickets that become available last minute, at a discounted price.
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