The holidays are over, which can be depressing by having to work full work weeks, but can also be upsetting to see the credit card statements come in the mail for the many purchases made when perhaps a little careless spending was occurring. Now that we are in full swing of 2017 it is time to get back on track and focus on saving money so we can pay off debt and continue to build that savings account with five ways below that we can save during the month of February.
Avoid the Bar for the Super Bowl
The first big event of February, the football game we have been waiting all year for, and for those that are not as big of fans, a time to play squares, watch the halftime show, and see a few funny commercials. What better way to avoid the bar prices on food and drink than to host your own party with your closest family and friends. If you are lucky, you could be invited somewhere and only have to bring a dish to pass and BYOB.
Stay in for Valentine’s Day
This year’s romantic day falls on a Tuesday, so right off the bat not being on a weekend night dials down the celebration. Sure, you can still celebrate a couple of days’ prior on Saturday night, but skip the overpriced meals and drinks and have a four-course meal at home with a fraction of the price. Crack open a nice bottle of wine, turn on the music, and enjoy a romantic night at home with your significant other.
Be Smart About Going to the Movies
I cringe when I am about to say “nowadays” when I describe the high movie ticket price as I realize I am sounding old, but it really does break the bank to see a first-run movie for a night out, especially when you add snacks and drinks. With a typical movie ticket cost of $11, popcorn $6, and a drink $6-12, depending if it is with alcohol, it is over $50 just to see a movie that is probably mediocre. Skip the evening show and hit the matinee or weekday show where it can be discounted, and sneak in snacks and drinks, or better yet, do not go on an empty stomach.
Grocery Shop During the Week
Grocery stores do not need to offer sales on the weekend when it is at its busiest, so why fight the crowd to overspend on groceries. Try going mid-week after week and you will find hardly a person in your aisle, and will find more of the store promotions such as “10 for $10”.
Pre-Party Before Going Out
Savings money just not have to ruin all fun, but instead of ordering many courses of dinner, eat at home and order appetizers while you are out. If the bar is your thing, instead of getting there early and paying top dollar, get your friends together for drinks at home and show up a little late.