Do you ever find yourself running low on money? Are your credit card bills higher than you’d like them to be? Are you ever a little short on cash with nothing to show for it? If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask yourself if you frequently go out drinking at bars? If the answer to that question is yes, then it’s quite possible that you’re drinking too much and spending too much at bars, and it may be wise to cut back on both fronts.
There’s no shame in admitting that this is a problem for you; it happens to the best of us. After all, it’s quite easy to get carried away at bars by drinking and spending too much; bars do a lot to ensure that a majority of its patrons do just that, and it’s why they’re usually crowded on a nightly basis, especially on the weekend. Once you get accustomed to the routine of going out to bars, it can be difficult to stop, and even if that’s not an option for you, there are a number of ways that you can alter your behavior so that you drink less at bars and save money in the process.
The first tip is to try drinking a bottle of water in between each alcoholic beverage. It can be tough to stop once you get in a groove chugging beers, and that causes the tab to run up in a hurry. Having a mineral water in between each drink will help curb this, as water will be cheaper than the beer. If you don’t like the taste of water, then a Shirley temple does fine as well. By mixing in some non-alcoholic drinks, you won’t get intoxicated quite so quickly, which could make it easier to stop later in the evening when you’ve had enough and spent enough. Even if you don’t end up stopping sooner than usual, by the time you get to last call, your tab won’t be quite as high if there are a few bottles of water mixed in with your other drink of choice.
In the event that you don’t have to worry about driving to or from the bar, try having a drink or two at home before you go out. It’s almost always going to be cheaper to buy a six-pack at a grocery store than buying six beers at a bar. If you have a set number of drinks you like to have in a night, then drinking a couple of those at home is going to save you some money on your way out the bar. Of course, this only applies if you someone else is driving, or else you’ll have bigger problems than your tab at the bar.
Another money-saving method you can use at the bar is paying in cash. This may not seem like it means a lot, but it can make a big difference. When you pay with a credit card, you probably won’t take that close of a look at your check when you sign it at the end of the night, especially if you’re feeling a little tipsy, and so you won’t even realize that you’re spending more than you’d like on drinks. Start paying with cash, and you’ll likely find yourself wanting to drink less, therefore you’ll spend less. By paying with cash, you’re more aware of the money you’re throwing away on alcohol, rather than just handing over your credit card and signing the receipt. Moreover, you’ll either run out of money and be forced to stop, or you’ll get tired of running to the ATM to pick up more cash. Either way, you’ll end up drinking less and spending less, and you’ll be better off for it.
Whatever your situation is, it doesn’t hurt to try saving a little money by drinking less when you go out to bars. There are a variety of methods you can use, and they all stand a chance of working to a certain extent. Just give it a try, and see if you can cut back on how much you drink at bars, if for no other reason than to save some money.