Downgrade Your Experiences
Saving money doesn't always have to be a burden. Rather than bowing out of happy hours and Friday night group dinners, just downgrade your experience. Get a $6 beer instead of a $12 cocktail. Opt for a tasty $7 appetizer rather than an $18 dinner. Or suggest going to an Asian restaurant that's BYOB. You can still go out and enjoy time with your favorite people, as long as you keep a thrifty eye when you're scanning the menu.