It’s finally arrived! The night you and your partner have been waiting for. The child(ren) are with the grandparents, and you and your significant other are looking forward to a fun-filled night out somewhere. But there’s one problem, between the two of you, you only have enough money to either A) go “on the town” for two drinks, or B) have an epic night in, which do you choose?
Have you had this dilemma before? The bane of being a parent means that you have no money, ever! So you need to think on your feet about what to do for your one night out a month/year/decade, so here are some handy preparation tips and ideas for your limited to zero budget.
It may sound obvious, but if you give yourself something to aim for, you will make the necessary financial preparations so you can enjoy yourself. If you only have one night out every six months, then open a small savings account and put a little bit in here and there. Before you know it, you’ve got enough saved up for a night out between the two of you, and you can pay for it all on the card, which means you don’t have to worry about who paid for what or whose round it is! While it can be difficult to put a bit of money aside, especially when there are essential items you need to buy for the kids, getting into the habit of buying cheaper items, or buying things when they’re on sale will help. You can even try online coupon sites. You can get Ulta Coupons & Promo Codes for May 2017 and get yourself a cute dress while you’re at it! An inventive way to get the men to save is to put a swear jar in the kitchen!
What Do You Want To Do?
If you know your plan for a night out, then it makes it easier to budget. If you go to the movies, you can get 2 for 1 on tickets on certain nights, and you can get the most out of the snack deals on offer. If you want to go for a meal, decide on where you want to go and look at the menu online before heading there. For those that just want to let the night take them wherever, it’s much harder to plan ahead of course!
Have A Gathering
You may not even want to go out as a couple, and instead, opt for a big night out with friends. If so, have a gathering. Ask people to bring their drinks, and you can stock the cabinet with the money planned for a night out, and you may even have a little bit left over. They say that staying in is the new going out, so make it a good one! Get some of your friends over and have a party, or if you can’t bear the idea of cleaning up the next day, gently nudge someone else to have one!