The new college semester is about to start. You have selected your courses. You have paid your tuition. You have purchased your textbooks. Now it’s time to figure out this social life situation. Wait, what’s so difficult about figuring out your social life? Well if you fail to plan then you plan to fail. Saving money while trying to have a social life is a hot topic amongst 20 somethings these days. As a result I figured I would share some tips on saving money on entertainment:
Contact the establishment ahead of time
If you’re heading out in a large group then you should call the place ahead of time to confirm. Not only should you make reservations but you should swing some sort of savings. I mean after all you’re bringing the place your business (and the business of your friends). Some clubs will throw in free cover for the group and priority seating. The best we have ever been able to swing is a free limo pickup and free cover for a group of 10+.
Have a few drinks before you go out
If you guys are planning to go out strictly for drinks only then you should have a few drinks before you head out. This way you will drink less at the club/bar where the drinks are more expensive. Predrinking can save you thousands of dollars through your college career. Of course you don’t want to get intoxicated to the point that you make a fool of yourself but hopefully you know your limits by now. If not, you live you learn.
Use your student status for discounts
You can head out to the campus pub where drinks and food are traditionally cheaper. You can also go to bars that have special designated college nights. Another great option is to carry your student ID card on you because many places give student discounts. At most restaurants, if you can’t get a deal on drinks you can probably get a lower price on the food.
When it comes to movies, consider renting & staying in
Instead of paying $15 each to see a new release at the local movie theatre you should try having a movie night at someone’s house. One person rents the movie, someone else brings the food, another friend brings the drinks and you got a great night going. Believe me there are many movies out there to rent so don’t feel like your options are limited. I would like to personally recommend “old school” nights. Rent a movie you enjoyed many many years ago and watch it again. The Weekend At Bernie’s, Goodfellas, Terminator, just to name a few classics. Nothing wrong with a trip down memory lane.
I know there are more creative options for saving money on entertainment but this is where you the readers interact and get involved!