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Survival tips: Events and holidays

Find Your Friends
Find Your Friends
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Super Bowl, awards season, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, etc etc etc…the question begs an answer: How do I enjoy these events without breaking the bank? Fear not. No matter how expensive your city, you’ll never have to pay hundreds in order to enjoy yourself.

Find Your Friends

Find Your Friends
Find Your Friends Photo: Wikimedia Commons

First thing’s first. More people = less money. Less money = less worry. Less worry = more fun. This is absolutely a transitive property in one math class or another. Money aside (more on that later), even if you have a significant other or lover, you’re young. Enjoy big events with your closest friends and favorite acquaintances. You may not be able to do this in a few years with a family of your own and one on the way.

Find Your Place

Find Your Place
Find Your Place Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Especially in large cities like New York, there will always be someone going after your hard earned money. Watch out for obvious schemes i.e.: cover charges for any sort of event. Any bar that’s trying to wrangle $100 a head for entrance to a packed bar and a 1 in 50 chance of getting a drink is not worth it. Google is your friend. See what bars have no covers and bring your party there. Chances are, that bar will have specials celebrating the holiday of your choice, and you’ll end up with a smaller bill than anticipated.

Bring Your Own

Bring Your Own
Bring Your Own Photo: Wikimedia Commons

My favorite place to go during a big event is home. Whether it’s your house or a friend’s, you can’t go wrong with great company, a warm apartment, and a place to sit. Best thing, you can be an all-star guest and bring something for the party (read: for yourself). You won’t be forced to partake in and pay for bar food you don’t want to eat, but you’ll also be favored for your selfless contribution.

Split the Bill

Split the Bill
Split the Bill Photo: 401(K) 2012 at flickr

Last but definitely not least: don’t be a hero. If you offer to pay for the bill yourself, your friends may thank you, but they’ll also expect you to pay next time. No matter where you go or what you do, split the bill. Your credit card statement will thank you.

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