Socialising on a budget
May 15, 2012 2:47 AM Subscribe
Socialising on the cheap. How does one do it?
posted by Ziggy500 to work & money (13 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I'm lucky enough to have a lot of friends but hanging out with them is a big drain on my purse.
We all live in a big city (London), work in the centre of town and live out in the sticks, relatively speaking. Entertaining people at home is difficult because people have to travel such a great distance to get to each other's houses. We end up just meeting in the centre after work and getting dinner - it's always dinner rather than just coffee or drinks, because we're starving by then.
We never go anywhere really fancy, but when you meet up with people about 2 or at a max. 3 times a week you are still talking a fair bit of money.
Weekends are different as we can do fun, free stuff like museums or hanging out at each other's houses; my problem specifically relates to socialising on weekday evenings after work.
Also, I don't have one big circle of friends who all know each other, so I can't get together with all of them at one go and see everyone at one fell swoop as it were. They don't all necessarily get along, and I like having one on one time with my friends.
So with those limitations in mind, what are some creative ways of getting together and seeing people without spending a lot of money? Admittedly there is always the option of socialising less - that's already occurred to me, and worst case scenario that's what I'll have to do. Other than that, though, what other options do I have?
Recommendations for cheap restaurants etc would be great, but I'd also like some creative ideas for socialising in general which don't involve spending much.