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How to Avoid Debt and Hangovers this Party Season

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save money and the number of hangovers you have this party season

When the weather warms up so does our social life. The days are longer and the lure of the outdoors beckons us with its sunshine and mild evenings. From now until the end of the year your calendar is likely to fill up pretty quickly, with work Christmas parties, gatherings with buddies and family reunions.

Picnics in the park, days out at the beach, BBQs and parties into the night will all likely feature in your schedule and these experiences should be savoured and enjoyed.  

But…. it is worth keeping in mind that an active social life can mean active spending. There’s drinks to buy (for yourself and for your buddies), snacks and meals out and about, new party outfits to invest in and of course Christmas gifts for colleagues and friends and flowers and bottles of wine to present to your dinner party hosts.

There are plenty of ways to have fun over the Summer months and catch up with everyone without getting into debt. Here are just a few simple tips to keep your spending in check and your hangovers to a minimum.

  • Catching up with your mates doesn’t have to result in a big night of drinking each other under the table. Save money (and your liver) at the same time by limiting the amount of alcohol you consume. Go out for dinner with your buddies and rather than going on a pub crawl afterwards why not go out for gelato instead.
  • Eating a meal at home before partying allows you to avoid the expense of unhealthy takeaway and you’ll be more able to manage your alcohol intake with food in your belly (which in turn will help you feel less seedy the next day).
  • Having a glass of wine or a beer in the comfort of your home before you head out for a night on the town will keep you feeling merry without the need to empty your wallet on overpriced pub drinks.
  • If hosting a party or Christmas dinner make sure you provide plenty of non-alcoholic options such as sparkling water with fresh lime or a glass of juice for those not drinking. Invite your your guests to BYO a bottle of wine to share and perhaps even a plate of food too.  People love to be able to contribute plus it helps to keep your costs down and reduces your preparation.   Enure you keep water jugs and other non-alcoholic options flowing so everyone can stay hydrated.  
  • A couple of champers or beers on Christmas day or at a party is a nice way to unwind and get the party started. But it is very easy to overdo it this time of year, and a bad hangover (or an argument with a loved one) can often result after a few too many. Know your limits and keep yourself hydrated (with non alcoholic fluids) during parties and gatherings. Aim to alternate water with alcohol throughout the night.
  • A glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon in the morning before a big party night will help to give your liver a kick start and prepare it for the next party.
  • Coconut water is a great rehydrating option for a hangover, it has loads of nutrients like potassium and electrolytes to help replenish what you've lost and give you back your mojo.
  • A slice of vegemite toast has a nice boost of vitamin B which gets lost after drinking, team it with a couple of soft boiled eggs and you have a winning protein rich combination for a queasy belly the morning after.

Hopefully these tips will see you having fun without too many headaches. What ever you get up to this party season, take care and have fun!

Alison Gallagher is a freelance writer, resourcefulness expert and entrepreneur. She has been featured in various publications including Stellar Magazine, Australian Health and Fitness Magazine, and Cleo Magazine. Alison is particularly passionate about sharing practical tips on how to live simply, sustainably and seasonally.