But your spending on going out can soon add up. Socialising costs students an average of £675 a year, making it their fourth-biggest weekly outgoing. But don’t worry – there are loads of easy ways you can cut down your spending when you’re out. Here are some simple tips:
- Unless eating out is part of the plan, eat before going out for drinks to save cash. There are extra benefits too: drinking on a full stomach will mean you won’t get drunk so quickly and ensure those good times don’t take a turn for the worse.
- Stick to the Government’s recommended daily guidelines and you won’t spend too much on alcohol. Men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units (equivalent to a pint and a half of 4% beer) a day and women no more than 2-3 units (equivalent to a 175ml glass of 13% wine).
- Why not alternate soft drinks with alcoholic drinks when you’re out to make sure you stay within these guidelines? Drinking plenty water and soft drinks will also keep you hydrated.
- Drinking within the recommended guidelines will make it easier to get home safely – and cheaply. You should feel confident and alert enough to go home on public transport (although, drunk or not, you should always travel home with a friend). If you do get a cab, you’ll be vigilant enough to check if you’re getting into alicensed taxi.
- Steer clear of rounds. This often ends up more expensive than just buying drinks for yourself. Even if you don’t want to drink any more you’ll feel like you still have to stand your round.