Monday, April 17, 2006
I don't particularly enjoy going out drinking to bars or clubs, but my boyfriend does, so sometimes I acquiesce in the spirit of harmony and compromise. And there are the occasional situations with coworkers or others when I decide that the social benefits outweigh my initial disinclination. But I must admit that part of my hesitance is due to my frugality, and so I appeal to you-- how do you manage to be frugal or semi-frugal on your nights out?
One thing that drives me nuts is that there never seem to be any prices listed for alcoholic beverages-- are we supposed to just order and not care how much we're paying? That's something my frugal nature has a very hard time with! But I feel like a big dork asking, since no one else does. Sometimes I'll order the drink specials even if I don't think I'll like them, because at least I know their price!
Mapgirl suggests saving money by being a lightweight-- done!-- but the only real tip I can offer is to have a drink or two at home before you go, thus paying for fewer drinks while you're out. Oh, and of course, have your expensive favorites only at the beginning of the night; stick to the cheaper stuff once you start losing the ability to tell the difference! (For example, I dislike beer-- yes, another reason why drinking cheaply is a challenge!-- but I usually have one as my last drink of the night.) But beyond that, I've got nothing.
Is there any hope for me, or is it impossible to combine frugality and alcohol? Should I really just try to let go of frugal thinking when I'm out? What do you do?
(PS: I'm more looking for general thoughts, rather than specific drink suggestions-- but I wouldn't turn down the latter, either! Are there any cheap drinks with rum that don't involve cola? Any girly drinks that aren't ridiculously pricey? I know part of my problem is that I'm too picky!)