It is very healthy to have fun and unwind, be it going out for a dance, dinner, movies, dates or retreats. As these activities entail spending money, you should plan ahead and avoid getting caught up with spontaneous spending. When planning your activities, start with making a mental note on what you intend to do as each activity may have different savings.
Group Weekend Getaway or Retreat
This sounds like fun, but it could cause a big dent in the pocket if not well planned. To have this kind of fun and also save a few dollars, one can opt to book a hotel that gives group packages or a group discount, or you could rent a cottage or apartment. Renting a cottage or apartment is the most affordable option, as you get the same room and board as a hotel, but you can control your meal costs by cooking for yourselves and also accommodate more people than you would in a single room. If you decide to go eat out as a group, it is cheaper to order food on a platter as opposed to each ordering a plate. Advance booking also secures a discount as opposed to last minute booking.
For spouses, planning a night out should not be an uphill task. Take for example you plan on going dancing. To save money, leave the house after you have already had your homemade dinner with a glass or two of wine. This will help you save on the exorbitant prices some night clubs charge for food and drinks.
Dating does not have to be an expensive affair. Be open-minded. You don’t need to go to a restaurant to feel like you are on a date. You can date from the comfort of your own house. Set a date night with a loved one. Buy groceries, candles, wine and play some good music. Make it as intimate as possible. This way you will find that you save a lot on transport, fine dining, drinks and you get to have your intimate date.
For movie lovers, you do not have to go an actual movie theatre. Set up a movie night. Rent a movie of your choice and create a fun experience by preparing snacks that will last you the entire movie night. This is cheaper and you get to watch the movies in the comfort of your own house.
When going out with kids, look for places that are free of charge for children, or where kids below a certain age pay half price. You can also take advantage of the off-peak or low season. You will get the best prices and you will be treated like royalty. When on a family vacation it’s always cheaper to rent a cottage or an apartment as opposed to a hotel.
There are so many ways you can have fun and cut down on costs too, all you have to do is be creative, flexible and to think outside the box.