I find “fine dining restaurants” a waste of money. You pay extra for atmosphere, presentation and the portions are small for the price that you pay. Add a bottle of wine or a few alcoholic drinks to your eating experience and the bill quickly adds up. Avoiding expensive restaurants could save a lot of money over time.
My favourite money saving idea is a “dinner club”. We started one by chance many years ago. We were young, broke and had small children so it was difficult to keep in touch with everyone. One of the wives came up with the idea of a dinner club. It worked out great because we had five couples.
We took turn hosting with the hosting couple providing the main course. Each visiting couple would bring a bottle of wine and were assigned side dishes. The four categories were Appetizers, Salad, Veggies and Dessert. It gave us a chance to try different recipes and we ended calling ourselves the gourmet club.
It really strengthened our friendship and it gave us the opportunity to catch up on what was happening in everyone’s lives. As the kids got a little older, we included them for a summer get together. The key to our success was planning the next get together a head of time. We all brought a calendar to decide which meeting date was good for everyone. (We now use the calendars on our mobile devices)
We were all saving money but still enjoyed great inexpensive gourmet meals. You don’t have to spend a lot of money in order to have fun. Getting together with friends, playing cards or playing board games can be very entertaining. Use your imagination, my daughter and her husband started a bad movie night with their friends. They take turns hosting and the host gets to pick the bad movies. Everyone brings snacks and their favourite beverage.
Saving money is the simplest way to increase your wealth. Find some easy ways to save money without sacrificing all the fun. Once you start, you would be surprised on how quickly the dollars start to add up.
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