Going wild for the night can wreck your bank balance. Here are some sneaky manoeuvres you can employ to save money while painting the town red.
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The “Unintentional” Pre-game
Pre-gaming is the oldest trick in the book when it comes to clubbing on a budget. To make it even easier on your wallet, identify that one friend who always has a stash of alcohol at her place. Get ready at her place instead, under the pretense of spending some quality bonding time while doing your makeup. Halfway through your contour, innocently say, “Hey, you know what would make this more fun? ALCOHOL.”
The Wardrobe Malfunction
One hidden cost of constant partying is the money you spend on cute outfits. But remember, your BFF’s wardrobe is also your wardrobe, especially if you wear the same size. Just be careful not to play this “can I borrow that dress from you” card too often.
The “Got Makeup” Makeup
Foundation costs about $40. Eyeshadow palettes? $70. Don’t even get us started on all those extra products we put on our face to achieve that subtle, gorgeous glow. Is it really necessary though, considering all these products will blend into one hot mess after the fourth tequila shot? Instead, consider more wallet-friendly cosmetic options, like trading eyeshadow for just a boldly-drawn cat eye, skipping the contour, or forgoing the falsies entirely. It’s going to be dark anyway.
Just straight up ask the people around you to buy you drinks. This works better if you’ve recently gone through a break up, because you can milk it for what it’s worth and be like, “I’m sooooo sad, I need to drink to forget my ex!!”
The Last Supper
Ah, there’s no escaping the post-party meal if the whole squad wants to go for it. But one way to pinch pennies here is to share the supper. Or more specifically, your friend’s supper. Just say you’re not hungry but end up taking a bite out of everyone else’s food, or wait for your friend to say she can’t finish her maggi goreng before swooping in like a vulture. Make sure to order a drink at least, so that it’s less obvious.
The 2 Drunk 2
Get Home Are your friends way more responsible than you are? Can you trust them to get you home when you’ve had too much to drink? Good. Pretend that you’ve had so much, you can’t even remember your damn address. BOOM – free cab ride home.
*NOTE: CLEO is not responsible loss of for any friendships if you choose to take the following advice.