Gather around my fellow broke-socialites. I know life is hard, money is tight and all you want to do is forget about your problems by going out and partying with some amazing friends and fabulous strangers. There are a couple ways to save money when you have a night on the town, and ensure that the morning after you don’t look at your bank account and start crying. This means you won’t have to turn your fabulous brunch plans into a lonely meal of ramen at your kitchen table. The best two ways to save money are by going out and getting free drinks, or you can do what any realist does and pre-game like a pro.
There is an art to pre-gaming, and it takes some time to be able to figure it out. The reason why this practice is so perfect is because you can spend the rest of your night sipping on wine, vodka sodas or, god forbid, beer. You can continue your buzz, maintain control and spend a lot less if you don’t try to get drunk at the bar. Just show up a little later already at your perfect level.
Here are my top three ways to maximize your pre-game skills:
1. Know Your Limits: The last thing you want is to go too hard, before you get the chance to have a fun night out, and end up puking your guts out in the Uber, on the side of the road, in the bar or (god forbid) before you leave your house. It’s important to learn how your body functions with different types of alcohol, how much your body can handle and how much/what food will do to your system.
2. Don’t Only Take Shots: By only taking shots, you add t00 much alcohol to your system too quickly. Measuring how much control you’re going to have within the next hour is more easily done when you have a combination mixed drinks, cocktails and shots. Keep your pace steady, and you will be guaranteed to have a fun night.
3. Drink Water: I know this sounds like a bitch-baby move, but drinking water helps regulate your body. Not only will you be able to last longer at a party, but you won’t wake up the next morning feeling like you were trampled by a horse. Water can, and will, make your night on the town a thrilling success.