A Guy’s Idea for a Frugal Girls’ Night Out

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My fiance is really supportive of my writing.  He tells everyone one we know that I make money writing on the internet.  (Which makes me blush and other people feign polite smiles.)  He gives me time to do writing and marketing without complaining.  Except for that one time I attended a Twitter party.  He couldn’t get over that one.  “So you’re going to a party but there’s no people there?”

“No, there’s people there.”

“But it’s on the internet. So they’re not real people.”

“That doesn’t mean they’re not real people.”

“I don’t get it.”

twitter party

Sometimes (actually a lot of times,) he gives me his most recent list of ideas for blog content.  I don’t usually use them.  You’re about to see why.  They’re not usually very serious suggestions.  But the conversation this one sparked was just too fun not to include.

A Guy’s Idea for a Frugal Girls’ Night Out

So his idea was pretty simple.  It’s also pretty cliched.  The first requisite is that you have to be a girl.  A girl that wants to drink alcohol, but isn’t trying to meet the love of her life.  Those are the only requisites.  He informed me that you don’t have to be good looking for this to work.

You go out to the bar, either by yourself or with a group of friends.  You approach a guy (by yourselves…groups of girls are scary,) start flirting and let him buy you a drink.  Keep flirting and keep letting him buy you drinks until he asks for your number or starts getting too comfortable.  The next step is to move on to another guy.


Once you’ve hit up everyone in that bar or people have started to catch on to your game, move on to another bar.


Just so this is clear, my fiance’s idea is to go out and flirt with random guys at bars so you can get hammered for free.  I’m not saying it’s a good idea.  This is the kind of thing he thinks I write about.

But then, wait.

I thought about it, and realized that I had, in fact, done this before.  Not on the scale he’s talking about.  But if a guy approached me at a bar back in my single days and offered to buy me a drink, I’d stick around until he got creepy or asked for my phone number.

And there were a couple of things I’d do at this point.  I’d leave for the safety of my group of friends.  I’d give them a number of someone I didn’t like, but still had in my phone.  Or I’d give them my Fake Number.

That’s how it was saved in my phone.  Fake Number.

“Hold on, this is a new phone let me look up the number so I tell it to you right.”

(202) 527-7468

Seriously, get out your phone right now and call it.  It’s hilarious.  At least to me as the person giving it out.  Some other girl had given it to me in high school when this guy wouldn’t leave me alone for my number.  Passing it along is juvenile.  But that didn’t stop me from doing it as recently as 2 weeks before I met my fiance.

The super cool thing about it is that you can get the number with a bunch of different area codes.  There’s a full list here.

So, I’m curious, has anyone reading ever used my fiance’s idea?  How did it turn out?  What do you do when a guy you’re not at all interested in asks for your phone number?

*Please do not take this as an endorsement for excessive drinking.  If you do drink, please remember to never, ever drive.*



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19 thoughts on “A Guy’s Idea for a Frugal Girls’ Night Out

  1. contactritap

    That was a good idea from your fiance about going to bars 🙂 Yeah it is a tricky situation when you are supposed to give your number to a person whom you are not interested.

  2. Budget & the Beach

    I’d never to that. I just don’t have guys buying me drinks EVER so that probably would’t happen whether I wanted it to our not. My idea would be go have one drink with a friend(s) at happy hour where prices are cheaper, enjoy your company, smile, and whatever happens, happens.

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      That’s a great way to go about it, too! I always used to look at happy hour prices and what was on special whatever night of the week I was going out.

  3. Meredith

    “Which makes me blush and other people feign polite smiles.” I am in love with your fiance. Also, please continue to reference him for post ideas. SOLID GOLD.

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      Oh, that’s so crazy…I love him, too! :p I’ll let him know. It’ll be a bit of the burden off my shoulders. 🙂

  4. Done by Forty

    I’ve actually told my wife some version of this plan in the past. While she states it’s a bad idea, I am positive she’s actually put some watered-down plan in action at some point. I’m all for it.

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      Even though she’s your wife now? Haha…why do guys think it’s a good idea for us to get them to spend money on us even if we’re just going to give them corny fake numbers? You and the fiance would get along well. 🙂

  5. anna

    I saw a comic on TV recently that said she goes online dating since it’s “not just about meeting guys, it’s also a meal plan!” lol In all seriousness, I sometimes let guys buy me drinks before, but I’ve always been a serial monogamist so the occasions were rare. Your fiance is pretty darn hilarious. 🙂

  6. alexandrarsf

    Haha! I love this. I once gave out an ex’s number to someone, but I didn’t think that one through well enough. I saw the guy again, and it was super awkward. Your fiance has some great frugal ideas in him! 🙂

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      Oh! So awkward! Yeah, I wouldn’t do that for people you might see again or to people that are at places you frequent.

  7. Alexa Mason (@SingleMomIncome)

    Yeah I’d say I’ve used his strategy before lol. I like your fiance’s thinking! I have never been much of a bar hopper but when I did go I’d always have guys buying me drinks….I never bought my own. However, I also never let it get to the point where they’d ask for my phone number. I’d take the drink and walk away lol. I like the fake idea phone number. I tried calling it but it was busy!

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      Yay! I’m so glad I’m not alone in my admission anymore! You know what, the number I listed was acting wonky. I changed it to the one I originally had before I found out about the different area codes. This one works for sure. Retested it and everything.

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  9. Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life

    I hate when men have asked for my number and I’m not interested. They don’t do well with “no”. I’ve done the fake number, but with smartphones they’re always like, “well, let me text you so you have my number… did you get it?” (ummm no, I gave you a fake number ;)) uuggghh

  10. The Frugal Exerciser

    The best way to do that is to go with a single girlfriend one or two and have your girlfriend(s) flirt with the guys. I found that the men would buy drinks for all of us and you are in the clear LOL. No harm done because they know you aren’t interested in them.

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