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Night on the town on a budget

 

City life is expensive. With costs in rent, utilities and transportation, it's hard to have a little extra money set aside for a fun night out on the town. Or is it?

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For starts, plan your night before you go out. Being spontaneous is fun, but if you're trying to save it's better to know your agenda to avoid unexpected costs.

"Well the easiest thing to do if you have family in town is to stay with family. Hotels here are really expensive, from anywhere up to three of four hundred dollars a night."

If you don't have family in the area, use websites like Groupon and Urban Daddy that offer discounted rates for hotels, restaurants and bars. Plastic Jungle is also a great website to use to get gift cards at a discounted rate. Some of the gift cards include places like T.G.I. Friday's, AMC Theaters, McCormick & Schmicks, and Chili's.

If you're in the mood to see a show, Goldstar.com offers discounted tickets to events. And it's free to sign up using your e-mail address and zip code.

"I enjoy going to art gallery openings because they're always free, so that's a good thing."

Art gallery openings also offer free cocktails and appetizers.

"When I go shopping and to dinners, I'll normally buy a bottle of wine for us."

Instead of paying by the glass, buy a bottle of wine to save. Avoid wines like chardonnay and pinot grigio since they are more popular and the prices are escalated. When out with a group, buy a pitcher of beer at the beginning of the night for everyone to share. Since you paid first your friends will most likely feel inclined to pay you back throughout the night.

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