How to Budget—but Not Kill—Your Social Life

The truth is, unlike Carrie Bradshaw, the amount of shoes and cosmopolitans we can buy is directly related to our income. According to Bank of America, 69% of people cite money as a top stressor. And while a social life may not be as critical as shelter or food, it is a necessity for our mental health. Oh, how we wish that the endless Sex and the City wardrobe and entertainment budget could bankroll our own lives!

But even without the fantastical splurges of our favorite fictional New Yorkers, there is no reason to eliminate fun and glamour from your cash-tight existence. We’ve put together a list of nine tips from top experts on how best to budget a full social calendar, without completely draining your bank account.