Aristotle quoted “Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god.”
This quote aptly describes what as humans we long for. We long for social gratification for our successes or joys and other important events in our life. The social events and interactions cost money in today’s world unless you want to give it all up and head for the Himalayas to lead a life of a hermit.
For the sake being cliched I would say trade your Starbucks for Dunkin’ Donuts. Yes, go for meeting places with your family and friends which are less expensive. You do not need to be at Starbucks every evening meeting your friends. You can do these interactions at a lesser priced coffee shop.
You want to give a warm sendoff to your friend who is shifting to a new place or you want to meet up your aunt’s family then stop thinking that restaurant is the best place for a family get together. Your home could be the place. If you do not want to cook, then order from outside. That would still be cheaper than going to a fancy restaurant.
All those who drink, the easiest way to save money is to buy drinks at a beer shop or a drinks shop and then consume it at home. That goes for wine too. With wine you can even ask the restaurant where you are having the dinner if they will allow you to bring the wine from outside. Chances are that they will allow.
All those years gone by I used to go to Hooters for meeting friends and having beer. Those additional items like Buffalo wings were yummy and added to the cost. Now with limited budget and family to take care of, the beer drinking place is my home and friends are invited. Apart from one, none of my friends have issues coming over at home. Instead this has helped me start saving some money.
So, yes another thing that will happen is that most people will be OK to your frugal ways. Some will not be and that is fine. Nothing to be worried about. Eventually either they will come around to your way of thinking or they will find some other social group.
Social interactions can now happen on Facebook. You do not have to go out and spend money to be a social animal. You have to be a Facebook’er. Yes almost everyone I know of is on Facebook and it only costs the monthly broadband fees. Virtual parties and virtual gifts are the norm. Saves you a ton of money without offending anyone.
This is not all and I am sure there are number of other ways to reduce expenses in social life. What about you, have you thought about this and saved money or you are still on the money train rather the frugal highway?
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