How to avoid weekend money traps and still have a good time

It’s nearly the weekend (yay!) and time to let your hair down, but that doesn’t mean you have to splash all your hard-earned cash to have a good time. There are so many things to do at the weekend that come Monday, you might be wondering how it’s possible you spent so much in just 2 short days!

Here are some of the biggest money traps and how you can avoid them this weekend:

Window shopping

This might not come as a surprise but window shopping is a fast way to find yourself spending more money than you had anticipated. You say to yourself that you’ll just have a browse and kill some time perusing the shops and catching up with friends, but then you find yourself laden with shopping bags by the end of the day.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with shopping when you have things you need, but most of the time you’ll end up buying on impulse, spending far more than you should on things you didn’t even know you wanted. If you know you like shopping then set yourself a small budget for it, then you can shop without any of the guilt that you get when you overspend. Remember to check for any discounts and try to haggle a little too, you’ll be surprised how much can be saved, even in high street stores!

Restaurants

Taking a break from cooking at the weekends can feel like a nice way to relax – not having to worry about getting food to cook and not having to do any washing up! But eating takeaways and at restaurants doesn’t come cheap. You could spend £50 a day all too easily, just on food and drink.

A good way to have your cake and eat it is to look up special offers or discounts at your favourite restaurant. Places like Pizza Express, Zizzi and Wagamama often do deals or have vouchers that you can download that could save you some money, have a look at VoucherCodes for a list of current offers for loads of different places to eat and drink.

Cinemas

Going to watch a film that you’ve been looking forward to is a great way to spend a few hours of your weekend, but it’s also not cheap. If you are a frequent visitor to the movies then consider getting a membership, they often include a few free film tickets and discounts on the food and drinks. Are you visiting with children? Find out if your local cinema does any ‘kids clubs’ or family tickets that are usually much cheaper than the normal ticket prices.

Also remember to bring your Monese card along with you. When you sign up via the Monese app you receive a UK sort code and account number, which your employer uses to pay you, direct into your Monese account. You can also send and receive money in real-time, no waiting. You can make currency transfers for only 0.5% above the mid-market rate; which is one of the best rates available. Spending is also easy with your own Monese contactless card. Using our app you can also make payments, check your up-to-date balance, review your transactions, get paid to invite friends – plus much more!  

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