happy hour http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12889/all en-US 7 Ways Your Bartender Is Ripping You Off http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-your-bartender-is-ripping-you-off <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-your-bartender-is-ripping-you-off" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/juice_for_client.jpg" alt="your bartender is ripping you off" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let's be clear, most bartenders out there are great. They're professional, they enjoy interacting with customers, and they work incredibly hard. But sometimes you'll come across a bartender who is not giving you what you're paying for. That could be for a number of reasons. He or she may be under orders from the owner to cut corners and save money. The customer could be difficult, or even rude. Or, the bartender is finding ways to pocket cash. Whatever the reason, here are the most common ways your bartender can rip you off.</p> <h2>1. The rim dip</h2> <p>This is a sneaky way to serve you less alcohol than you paid for, by tricking your senses into smelling and tasting a strong drink. The bartender can do this in several ways, but the outcome is the same; the rim of the glass will be dipped in the alcohol of your choice, from vodka or gin, to whiskey or brandy. The easiest method is to have a sponge soaked in alcohol out of sight. You order your drink, the bartender dips the rim of the glass in the sponge, then pours a drink that's very light on alcohol. You don't realize this because you taste and smell alcohol every time you take a sip. If you are watching the bartender closely, and the glass disappears from sight for a few seconds, you could be a victim of the rim dip.</p> <p>The easiest way to find out is to wipe the rim of the glass thoroughly with a napkin and take another sip. Is it weak? Then you've been had.</p> <h2>2. The long pour</h2> <p>Next time your bartender goes all Tom Cruise in <em>Cocktail'</em>on you, be skeptical. One of the easiest ways to trick you into thinking you're getting more booze than you actually are is the long pour. By pulling the bottle away from the glass and creating a long stream of alcohol, you believe you're getting a healthy shot. But it's an illusion. The amount of alcohol you get is based on the time it takes to come out of the spout, and has nothing to do with the length of the stream. These long pours are done quickly, and therefore cheat you of alcohol. Sometimes the bartender doesn't even realize they are shortchanging you, believing the showmanship is all part of the experience. If you want what you pay for, ask the bartender to cut the theatrics. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-money-when-getting-your-drink-on?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Ways to Save Money When Getting Your Drink On</a>)</p> <h2>3. The diluted bottle</h2> <p>To be fair, this is usually a collaboration between the bartender and the owner. But however it happens, it's an easy way to rip off customers in plain sight. The bartender will simply add water to the liquor in the bottle, be it a clear spirit, or something darker. It's only going to be around 10 to 15 percent of the bottle's volume, which makes it very difficult for the average customer to detect. But it's very profitable for the bartender and the owner. However, you see nothing wrong because the pours all look legit.</p> <p>This is a tough one to catch. The only way to know for sure is to test a neat shot from an open bottle against a neat shot from a bottle that has not yet been touched. And that's not likely to happen in a busy bar scenario.</p> <h2>4. The brand swap</h2> <p>The simplest way to achieve the brand swap is to pour cheap liquor into empty bottles of a more expensive brand. Another way is to apply expensive labels to bottles of a cheaper brand, but this is time-consuming and tricky to pull off. Either way, the result is that you're paying for a higher quality of liquor than you're receiving. With some drinks, it's very difficult to tell, especially with vodka and rum. But if you're a whiskey or bourbon aficionado, you're likely to detect the switch. However, most bars stay away from this one as it's a crime, and can result in fines and the revocation of their liquor license.</p> <h2>5. The light mixer</h2> <p>This is not exactly a rip off, but more a trick to get you to believe that your bartender is giving you strong pours, while also making you finish your drink more quickly. Basically, the bartender will add a little extra ice to the drink, a regular shot of liquor, and a smaller amount of mixer. This has the effect of making you think your bartender just hooked you up with a strong drink, when in fact, you simply got a lower mixer-to-alcohol ratio. You might be inclined to tip your bartender more, you'll finish your drink in less time (and therefore buy more drinks in an hour than you would have), and you'll actually get inebriated more easily. If your drink tastes strong, you can always ask for more mixer to be added. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bookmark-this-how-much-to-tip-in-almost-every-situation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Bookmark This: How Much to Tip in Almost Every Situation</a>)</p> <h2>6. The liquored-up straw</h2> <p>If you order a drink that naturally comes with a straw, you may be getting scammed. In this illusion, the bartender has a series of containers behind the counter filled with different liquors and straws. The straws become filled with the alcohol. The bartender will then mix your drink with very little alcohol, and add the boozy straw at the end. As you take your first sip, you will get a big hit of alcohol and think that the bartender has hooked you up with a heavy pour. In fact, you got almost no alcohol.</p> <p>The easiest way to spot this is to sip directly from the glass first. Then, sip from the straw. Notice a big difference? You just got played.</p> <h2>7. The top shelf exchange</h2> <p>You order a drink &mdash; let's say a vodka and orange juice &mdash; and it arrives. It tastes great. You order a few more. Then you get the bill. Instead of making your screwdriver with a basic vodka brand, the bartender has poured you one of the expensive options, such as Ketel One, Grey Goose, or even Stoli Elit. The markup on these bottles is huge, and instead of paying $7 for your drink, you're suddenly seeing $14 per cocktail.</p> <p>Very few bartenders go in for this practice. It's a surefire way of losing customers after just one visit. But places that see a lot of tourist traffic, and few repeat customers have been known to pull it. Just make sure you ask for the cheapest brand when you're getting your cocktails. If you're drinking neat, or with a splash of water or ice, then you will probably be asked what brand you desire.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-ways-your-bartender-is-ripping-you-off&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Ways%2520Your%2520Bartender%2520Is%2520Ripping%2520You%2520Off.jpg&amp;description=7%20Ways%20Your%20Bartender%20Is%20Ripping%20You%20Off"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Ways%20Your%20Bartender%20Is%20Ripping%20You%20Off.jpg" alt="7 Ways Your Bartender Is Ripping You Off" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-your-bartender-is-ripping-you-off">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-money-when-getting-your-drink-on">15 Ways to Save Money When Getting Your Drink On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-weekend-money-traps-and-how-to-avoid-them">8 Common Weekend Money Traps (And How to Avoid Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-save-money-at-the-bars">4 Ways to Save Money at the Bars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money">What Booze Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-soda-alternatives-that-wont-bust-your-wallet-or-your-waistline">7 Soda Alternatives That Won&#039;t Bust Your Wallet — Or Your Waistline</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Food and Drink bar bar hopping bartender drinks happy hour saving money weekend plans Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:00:05 +0000 Paul Michael 2003034 at http://www.wisebread.com Could Happy Hour Help You Better Manage Debt? http://www.wisebread.com/could-happy-hour-help-you-better-manage-debt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/could-happy-hour-help-you-better-manage-debt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_drinking_together_73973511.jpg" alt="Friends learning if happy hour can help them manage debt" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Millennial-focused lender <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-12797287">SoFi</a> offers its members a long list of crazy perks. Should traditional lenders &mdash; and borrowers &mdash; take note?</p> <p>First off, it's important to understand that social hour is in SoFi's DNA. After all, the alternative lender's name is shorthand for &quot;social finance.&quot;</p> <p>Next, consider the company's short history. Upon launching in 2011 as a start-up student loan lender for Stanford grads, SoFi has massively grown in popularity. Ditching the Stanford niche, SoFi now accepts borrowers from a much larger, but still exclusive, list of accredited colleges. Of course, SoFi's member's-only vibe is not for nothing.</p> <h2>SoFi's Secret Social Formula</h2> <p>In curating a group of educated borrowers with vetted incomes and credit scores, SoFi's 150,000 members actually have quite a bit in common with one another socially. SoFi knows this and capitalizes on it. The lender's series of free <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/18/pf/sofi-student-loan-refinancing/index.html?iid=SF_River">happy hours, cooking classes, and brewery tours</a> are highly attended and often booked solid by members. And that's because if you are a SoFi member, chances are pretty good that you'll get along, or at least find common ground, with other SoFi members. While attending a SoFi social event, you might even strike up a beautiful new friendship &mdash; or score a date. (You guessed it: There's a SoFi matchmaking app in the making.)</p> <p>Now, think about the last time you visited a traditional, brick-and-mortar bank. Would you want to dine under the stars with the folks you encountered in there? No, probably not.</p> <p>Of course, SoFi's social events calendar has more to offer than fancy cocktails. Piggybacking off Millennials' comfort and familiarity with social networking, SoFi taps into borrowers' alumni networks, connecting them to investors from the same alma mater. It's sort of like banking meets LinkedIn. SoFi makes borrowing personal, which is why not only its happy hours, but also its opportunities for career advising, networking, and entrepreneurial support are so well-received by members. For the most part, SoFi borrowers are young, responsible, and successful. And those are exactly the type of people the typical SoFi borrower wants to share company with and take advice from.</p> <h2>A Revolution in Banking?</h2> <p>That's all well and good, but why should traditional banks take interest?</p> <p>Well, for one thing, SoFi isn't playing social events chair solely for the fun of it. By engaging members in fun and beneficial activities, SoFi is boosting members' camaraderie amongst each other. This also boosts members' feelings of connectedness and loyalty to the SoFi brand. And that loyalty directly translates into cash. The more connected and loyal a SoFi member feels toward SoFi itself and other SoFi members, the greater the odds that the member will fulfill his or her financial duty to pay loans back in a timely manner.</p> <p>Turns out it's true: SoFi borrowers tend to pay off their loans quickly, and in many cases they are pre-paying more than the monthly minimum. And it makes sense: We're much more likely to pay back our friends than we are to make good on our debts to a giant corporation without a face. All of the career coaching and networking that SoFi provides is also a help to the company's bottom line. It's in SoFi's best interest that its membership is well-employed. And this is where traditional banks might want to take a lesson.</p> <p>Indeed, Goldman Sachs already has taken a lesson. The 147-year-old investment bank is preparing to launch its own online peer-to-peer lending platform. While a few traditional banks, such as JP Morgan Chase, have announced partnerships with peer-to-peer lenders, Goldman is the first bank to attempt to <a href="http://www.lendacademy.com/goldman-sachs-is-entering-p2p-lending-first-bank-to-launch-a-platform/">build its own online lending platform</a> from the ground up. It's an indication that even the biggest of banks knows that the future of lending is mobile and more personal.</p> <p>But only time will tell if banks will begin launching happy hour clubs.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Would you drop your stodgy bank for a younger, hipper lender?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/could-happy-hour-help-you-better-manage-debt">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-moves-to-make-before-moving-out-on-your-own">5 Money Moves to Make Before Moving Out on Your Own</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-financial-perks-of-being-in-your-20s">The Financial Perks of Being in Your 20s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network">11 Ways Freelancers and Telecommuters Can Make Friends and Network</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-unique-ways-millennials-are-dealing-with-student-loan-debt">7 Unique Ways Millennials Are Dealing With Student Loan Debt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-things-that-young-adults-absolutely-need-to-know-about-money">21 Things That Young Adults Absolutely Need to Know About Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance events happy hour millennials networking online lenders peer to peer social sofi Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:30:17 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1775944 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Ways to Save Money When Getting Your Drink On http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-money-when-getting-your-drink-on <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-ways-to-save-money-when-getting-your-drink-on" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_87464673_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="saving money at the bar" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Going to the bar can be a fun pastime with your friends and significant other, or a great place to find your next date. However, the costs of going to the bar can add up quickly, which is why we've provided some simple tips to help you save money on a night of bar hopping.</p> <h2>1. Order Simple Drinks</h2> <p>The bar business brings in roughly <a href="http://www.ibisworld.com/industry/default.aspx?indid=1685">$24 billion in revenue every year</a>, so the cost of drinks at the bar can really add up over time. As a general rule, the more complicated your drink is, the more expensive it will be.</p> <p>Ordering complicated drinks on a busy night is never a good idea. When the bartender is busy, they won't have the time (or patience) to make your mixed drink properly. This means that your expensive drink won't taste as good and may even contain less alcohol. In this case, you won't get a good deal and instead should stick with something simple like a rum and coke. If the bartender knows that you're going to order a complicated drink on your second round, they may not be as likely to help you promptly.</p> <h2>2. Choose Beer on Tap or House Liquor</h2> <p>Beer on tap is cheaper than imported beer. Likewise, if you want hard liquor, house liquor will be your most affordable option. If you prefer the more expensive stuff, consider choosing the cheaper stuff later in the night. Once you've had a couple of drinks and are feeling the effects, you probably won't appreciate the expensive stuff anyways.</p> <h2>3. Buy Pitchers of Beer Instead of Shots</h2> <p>Buying shots for everyone can be fun, but your hard-earned money will be gone with just one gulp. Purchasing a pitcher of beer for the table will make you look like a hero and will go a lot further than one shot or one glass of beer per person. According to US News, cocktails and wine can be <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2014/07/23/11-ways-to-save-money-at-the-bar">twice as expensive as beer</a>, so it's better to stick with beer at the bar and wine and cocktails at home.</p> <h2>4. Don't Pay a Cover</h2> <p>Paying a cover charge will just needlessly increase the overall price of the night. It's best to just avoid bars with a cover charge, so you can spend that money on drinks instead.</p> <h2>5. Pay With Cash</h2> <p>People paying with a credit card tend to leave the tab open, and this can quickly make them lose focus on how much they're spending. Instead, use cash so that you are on top of what you're spending all night. You can even set a budget beforehand and bring only that amount of cash with you to help curtail your drinking and spending.</p> <h2>6. Slow Your Roll</h2> <p>Try to drink slowly, so you can drink less. Take smaller sips, have a conversation while you're drinking, or drink more water so that you drink less overall throughout the night.</p> <h2>7. Drink Water in Between</h2> <p>A good way to save money, and ensure that you don't get too drunk too quickly, is to drink ice water in between every alcoholic drink. Liquor can also be very dehydrating, which is one of the causes of a hangover the next morning. By drinking ice water or mineral water between drinks, you also help ensure that you don't feel as bad the next day.</p> <h2>8. Find a Fun Bar</h2> <p>Find a fun bar in your area that offers more than just food and drinks. By choosing a bar that offers something like dancing or trivia, you can take advantage of other fun activities, rather than just devoting the whole night to drinking (and spending money).</p> <h2>9. Pre-Game</h2> <p>Pre-gaming and drinking at home with friends before going out is another great way to save money once you make it to the bar. You also get to hang out with friends beforehand and can even get ready together while enjoying drinks on the cheap at home.</p> <h2>10. Take Advantage of Deals</h2> <p>Many bars offer deals during the week on food and drinks. You can also check sites like Groupon, Living Social, and Yelp Deals to find discounts on food and drinks near you.</p> <h2>11. Go to Happy Hour</h2> <p>A cocktail at the bar can cost anywhere from $10-$15, which can really add up. Happy hour offers the best deals on food and drinks at the bar. Depending on the establishment, happy hour can go into pretty late hours. Some bars even offer late night or early morning happy hours on weekdays. Do a quick online search to see if any bars offer late night specials in your city or town.</p> <h2>12. Eat a Light Meal Beforehand</h2> <p>Eating before you get to the bar might prevent you from paying for food at the bar. On the other hand, you shouldn't eat too much or it will require you to drink more in order to feel the effects of the alcohol, so make sure just to eat something light.</p> <h2>13. Check the Prices</h2> <p>If you're already planning on eating at the bar, then take a look at their menu online. This will allow you to get a better idea of the prices on their food and drinks, so you can have a plan ahead of time. Consider also splitting appetizers with the group, rather than everyone ordering their own meals, which will be more expensive.</p> <h2>14. Go to a Tasting</h2> <p>Many bars offer tastings of beer, wine, or hard liquor like tequila. This will allow you to try and compare different liquors. It's also a fun event and will save you money.</p> <h2>15. Have a Designated Driver</h2> <p>Spending money on a cab or Uber can increase what you spend on your night out. Instead, consider having a designated driver, which can save money and provide a safe solution at the end of the night. If possible, you can also consider taking public transportation home.</p> <h3>How Much Do You Spend?</h3> <p>When you consider that the top 10% of drinkers in America drink an average of <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/09/25/think-you-drink-a-lot-this-chart-will-tell-you/">74 drinks per week</a>, you can see how important it is to find ways to save money at the bar. You can also use an <a href="http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/tools/Calculators/alcohol-spending-calculator.aspx">Alcohol Spending Calculator</a> to get a better idea of exactly how much you're spending on alcohol per week, month, and year. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-a-surprising-amount-by-quitting-these-4-bad-habits?ref=seealso">Save a Surprising Amount by Quitting These 4 Bad Habits</a>)</p> <p><em>Do you have other tips for saving money at the bar? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-money-when-getting-your-drink-on">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-your-bartender-is-ripping-you-off">7 Ways Your Bartender Is Ripping You Off</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money">What Booze Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-more-tips-for-eating-in-restaurants-and-sticking-to-a-budget">Five More Tips For Eating In Restaurants And Sticking To A Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-a-surprising-amount-by-quitting-these-4-bad-habits">Save a Surprising Amount by Quitting These 4 Bad Habits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-brilliant-tips-from-smart-mom-rich-mom">4 Brilliant Tips From &quot;Smart Mom, Rich Mom&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment Food and Drink adult beverage bar hopping bar night bars drinking drinks happy hour saving money Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:30:09 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1756333 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Take Advantage of Happy Hour http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-take-advantage-of-happy-hour <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-take-advantage-of-happy-hour" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4851501328_bb5b79548e_z-1.jpg" alt="Take Advantage of Happy Hour" title="Take Advantage of Happy Hour" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on taking advantage of happy hour, reasons to update your resume regularly, and improving your credit score.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/5-tips-to-help-you-take-advantage-of-happy-hour/">5 Tips to Help You Take Advantage of Happy Hour</a> &mdash; When looking for a happy hour, look for a venue that offers live entertainment and 2 for 1 drink specials. [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/update-your-resume-regularly/">4 Reasons to Update Your Resume Regularly</a> &mdash; It is a good idea to update your resume regularly so you remember major projects. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://notmadeofmoney.com/blog/2012/06/5-tips-for-improving-your-credit-score.html">5 Tips For Improving Your Credit Score</a> &mdash; To improve your credit score, reduce your balances. [Not Made Of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/feeonlyplanner/2012/06/19/how-to-manage-an-inheritance/">How To Manage An Inheritance</a> &mdash; If you receive an inheritance, make sure you have a tax plan. Make your inheritence tax efficient by contributing to a retirement account. [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/06/the-52-best-money-saving-tips-ideas-45-through-41.html">The 52 Best Money Saving Tips, Ideas #45 Through #41</a> &mdash; Save money on items by using smaller portions of products than recommended. [Free Money Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://savingsscoop.com/ways-shop-smart-save-money-today/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SavingsScoop+%28Savings+Scoop%29">10 Ways to Shop Smart and Save Money Today</a> &mdash; Shop smart and save money today by reading reviews on products and budgeting your money. [Savings Scoop]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Tactics-Relieving-Work-Related-Stress-7805885">5 Tactics For Relieving Work-Related Stress</a> &mdash; Minimize your stress at work by cleaning off your desk and scheduling some &quot;me&quot; time. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mangomoney.com/blog/financial-empowerment/8-ways-to-stay-cool-this-summer-on-a-budget">8 Ways to Stay Cool this Summer on a Budget</a> &mdash; Keep your electric bill lower this summer by running appliances at night and turning on your ceiling fans. [Mango Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/60-ideas-for-battling-summer-boredom">61 Ideas for Battling Summer Boredome</a> &mdash; To battle summer boredom, enroll in a summer reading program or attend an outdoor concert. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/06/18/30-practical-ways-to-improve-yourself/">30 Practical Ways to Improve Yourself</a> &mdash; Want to improve yourself? Excel at what you do and let go of your regrets. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/06/get-rich-slowlys-moolah-tweetchat">Get Rich Slowly's #moolah Tweetchat</a> &mdash; Don't miss Get Rich Slowly's #moolah tweetchat at 4pm PST!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-take-advantage-of-happy-hour">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-money-when-getting-your-drink-on">15 Ways to Save Money When Getting Your Drink On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-your-bartender-is-ripping-you-off">7 Ways Your Bartender Is Ripping You Off</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-most-unhealthiest-restaurants">10 Unhealthiest Restaurants</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips drinks Food happy hour Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:00:20 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 935234 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Ways to Save Money at the Bars http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-save-money-at-the-bars <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-ways-to-save-money-at-the-bars" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/two_dollar_pints.jpg" alt="People at a bar" title="People at a bar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="160" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all love to go out with friends, but I for one am hesitant to pay $8 for a glass of wine at a bar when I know I can buy the whole bottle at my friendly neighborhood wine store for only a few dollars more. Here are a few tricks I've developed to pinch my pennies without hurting my social life:</p> <h3>Shop Around for Happy Hour Specials</h3> <p>It might seem obvious, but my un-budget-conscious friends tend to go where we always go rather than considering deals. So, suggest a new locale. To find deals, you could try a site like <a href="http://www.happy-hour.com/">www.happy-hour.com</a>, but in my smaller town I've had more luck simply Googling &quot;happy hour specials&quot; and going with a local site (ours is compiled by a local magazine). Or you can also check out the websites of different establishments to get an idea of current specials.</p> <h3>Check Out Restaurant.com for 40-60% Off Coupons</h3> <p>These can be used on food as well. One caveat to these coupons, however: Read the fine print carefully. The restaurant whose coupon you&rsquo;re purchasing generally sets stipulations regarding the coupon&rsquo;s use, including days of the week that they can be used, minimum dollar amounts of purchases, etc. Also, smaller towns have a more limited selection of participating locations. If you&rsquo;re hung up on the fact that a minimum purchase is required, try convincing your group to go in on one. A bonus for signing up for a free <a href="https://www.restaurant.com/register-login.asp?pgn=x">Restaurant.com user account</a> is that you can choose to receive e-mails that will regularly offer you 70% &ndash; 90% off the coupon price. I recently bought three $25 coupons for a total of $6.</p> <h3>Eat Before You Meet</h3> <p>Planning a later happy hour or time to meet friends gives you the opportunity to eat at home beforehand. I know, sometimes the point of meeting friends is to have a fun night out that includes trying new restaurants. If it&rsquo;s more about the socializing, though, pushing back your meeting time gives you the chance to eat at home, which is almost always a more frugal option. Another plus: You have time to take the dog out and change out of your work clothes, an opportunity I always welcome. If you are actually excited to try the food somewhere when meeting friends, you can always eat at home first and then order an appetizer or dessert with drinks, which will also cut down on overall spending.</p> <h3>Drink Less, or Not at All</h3> <p>To some, this sounds like a terrible idea. But I promise you, drinking less (or teetotaling) is not the worst idea I've ever had. In the past several years, medical research has pointed out the benefits of consuming alcohol in moderation, including reducing your risk of developing heart disease, dying of a heart attack, or developing diabetes. If you feel awkward not having something in your hand at all times, try ordering a &quot;<a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/drinks/mocktails/Main.aspx">mocktail</a>.&quot; Alternatively, you could try alternating alcohol with a glass of water &mdash; not only will it rehydrate you and prevent you from drinking too much in one evening, but it will also prevent you from lightening your wallet by spending too much on alcohol!</p> <p><em>What tricks do you use to save money at bars? Share your ideas in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-save-money-at-the-bars">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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