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Slash the Cost of your Social Life

 
 
 
Written by Heather Maude // Posted on // Found in EasyLife, TravelLife
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Slash the Cost of your Social Life

Spending time with our loved ones is something we all enjoy and give us something to look forward to. How we spend our social lives vary from person to person, some opt for a quiet get together at home whereas others like to head out for a meal or drinks. No matter your preference, it’s no secret that having a busy social life can quickly drain your bank balance. When you’re trying to budget or save, social events are often the first things to suffer, but with a bit of research there are some savvy savings to be made.

Bank rewards
A lot of banks now boast cashback offers on everything from high street retailers and eateries to luxury Michelin starred restaurants, hotels and travel operators. So, it’s worth taking a look what you could be entitled to before going shopping or out for dinner.

Discount sites
Make the most of voucher codes apps and sites like Groupon. Get some hot deals which can save you up to 50% on meals, clothes and hotels. Current brands running deals include Adidas, Dominos, The Body Shop, Crew Clothing, Hotels.com and Giraffe.

Switch dinner for lunch or brunch
When you’re getting your friends together for a nice meal, consider the time of day. A lot of restaurants will offer a very reasonably priced set lunch menu, that will differ greatly from the price of dinner at the same place.
Perhaps you’re after something livelier, maybe a gossip over a few drinks? If so, why not try a bottomless brunch where, for a set price, all your drinks will be included over a given period of time (often between one and a half and three hours).

Going abroad?
We all like to push the boat out and get away from the stresses of daily life with our friends and family. Whether it be to a sumptuous spa, exploratory city breaks or laid back beach escape, take a bit of time to plan and you’ll find plenty of savvy savings.
There are many sites whose goals are to fill up empty hotel rooms, so if you’re flexible with where you’d like to go, try the likes of Secret Escapes and Lastminute.com to find some pleasant surprises.
Points mean prizes, or in this case, rewards. Look for long term benefits and explore bank and credit card options that offer air mile points for every pound you spend. This will ensure that you’re always working towards a nice discount on flights when you’re ready to book.
If you’re a frequent social traveller, then consider bank operators that offer good exchange rates and fees on spending abroad. There are providers like Monzo who don’t add any fees to the exchange rate and allow you to withdraw up to £200 every 30 days for free when abroad.
If you’re more flexible, you’ll find a host of late deals from tour operators, airlines and hotel groups. Keep your eyes peeled in the media and on their websites. Set up Google Alerts to keep you updated as and when deals are available. Sign up to Jack’s Flight Club who’ll send incredible holiday deals directly to your email inbox every week.

And finally, don’t ask don’t get!
Sometimes it can be as simple as asking for a discount or upgrade. When shopping, you might find that the last product left is the display one, and at times this might mean a little wear and tear. Ask at the till whether they’d be willing to give you money off because of this (there is a prominent high street shoe chain who we’ve found will usually provide 10% off). If the restaurant makes a mistake during your meal, ask if some form of compensation will be considered by way of an apology – a cheeky free drink or money off the bill. When checking-in at a hotel or on a flight, don’t be shy and ask if they’d be willing to give you a free upgrade.

We’re not saying people will always give you something for nothing, but fortune favours the brave, so try your luck.

Happy savings!

 
 
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