Social Interactions With Less Money

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.”

Save Money While Being Social

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.

Coffee Interactions – Give up Starbucks

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.

Family Interactions – The comfort of home

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.

Beer Interactions – Buy beer at discount beer mart

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.

Facebook is the way to go

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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About the Author

By , on Sep 7, 2012
John Border is a finance blogger at the University of Money and a stock market enthusiast. In his day job he writes programming code for banks and helps them refine the interaction with customers by studying reams of customer data via advanced analytics.

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  1. CF says:

    Brian’s a bit of a beer snob now and loves good craft beer. However, we actually spend less on beer than we used to. Instead of buying a 6pack or more of a crappy national brand beer, we get 1 or 2 big bottles of a nice craft beer and actually enjoy it instead of chugging crappy beer all night.

  2. Starbucks doesn’t have to cost as much as it does. Their coffee of the day is excellent and much cheaper. But, your point is well taken. Social interactions don’t have to cost a great deal. Creativity is what is needed!

  3. My friends and I are homebodies. We usually rotate cooking dinner and play board games at each others houses. It’s fun and doesn’t really cost anything.

    When we do go out, I rarely drink because of the markups. Plus the beer usually on special is something I don’t drink anyways.

  4. Garrett says:

    Good tips but sorry, I just can’t accept buying my beer at a discount beer mart. ; )

    I absolutely love good beer of all kinds, from Belgian Trappists to deep, dark porters. I’m all for budgeting wisely but there are some areas where there’s simply no compromise. You can replace my fine beers with the cheap stuff when you pull it from my cold, lifeless, slightly foamy hand.

    The good thing is that if you usually drink at home, you can often get a fantastic and complex beer for less than the price of a pint of yellow water at the pub anyways.

  5. I go out with my friends for the odd coffee at Tim Horton’s as you wouldn’t catch me paying for Starbucks prices. Other than that we engage in house parties, pot lucks or simply hanging out. It doesn’t cost much at all but I’d much rather do it at home than at a restaurant. Cheers MR.CBB

  6. We are very frugal socializers- make dinners at home for friends, make drinks at home for friends…. Giving people virtual gifts on facebook makes me laugh. I’m gonna try that one!

  7. I rarely if ever buy alcohol at eateries. I rather buy it at liquor or grocery stores and drink at home and not have to worry about how to get home or how insane the markup is.

  8. I don’t always drink beer, but when I do…it sure as hell isn’t in a restaurant. I found this out the hard way after paying more for an imported beer than for my actual meal. Also a big fan of the comfort of home for gatherings. It probably helps that I’m a hermit so my natural habitat is pretty frugal.

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