Tips on Finding Good Deals for Your Entertainment In Australia
Going out and having a few drinks is becoming seriously expensive, almost prohibitive for many Australians. Just going out to some Sydney bars for a night can cost several hundred dollars. The fact remains, we all do need to go out sometime, and there has to be a better way to do it. As with many other areas of expenditure in our life, we are looking for ways that we can reduce our costs. Here are some suggestions to try and control the spiraling cost of entertainment in Australia.
- Dating Websites. Dating websites have grown a lot from what they used to be. More dating websites are having to offer more services than just that of putting people together. Some of the larger ones in Australia offer a huge range of offers to their members, from discounted travel arrangements, to discounts from selected bars and restaurants. The name dating website, is also becoming a little obsolete. Many of these sites can be just a way to make new friendships and find others who have similar interests as you. Don’t be obsessed with the term dating website, they are actually offering a lot more.
- Happy Hours. It is seriously worth investigating which bars and clubs are offering happy hours and when. These times can change often, and being in touch with websites and other media so you know what is on is crucial. Many people see happy hours as a bonus, but if you play it right, you can hop from location to location and save yourself a considerable amount of money.
- Working as a group. Do you have regular ‘get-togethers’ with the same group of friends? Do you go with a group of colleagues after work for drinks on Friday? It is worth nominating someone as a representative of your group and speaking to the management of your favorite location or particular drinking destination. Competition is fierce in every industry. More people leads to more customers, and most bars and pubs will be willing to do some form of deal for you, if they know they are getting a guaranteed crowd. Not many of us do this, but it does make financial sense and worth the effort. Don’t be surprised if the management of the said venue is very happy to look after you once you have raised this request.
- Bulk Buying Websites. Many Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne bars are joining in these campaign websites. These websites offer you the opportunity to buy a special deal or offer at a bulk price. Normally, the deal only lasts for a short time, and there is a minimum of 10 buyers for each offer. So how does it work? When you see the deal, generally a dinner or drinks package, you make the purchase. You will also be able to see how many other people have made the bid. Your online purchase will not actually be processed until the minimum amount of buyers are met. If there are not enough buyers in the time frame allowed, then the deal will be canceled. Once the minimum amount of buyers is reached, you will be automatically charged for the deal. There has been an explosion in the number of these sites, and that means some real competition. At the same time, it also means as a consumer, it is not a good idea to rely too heavily on any particular site. As this business continues, we will see a rationalization of this type of site, and only the strong will survive.