Is Staying In the New Going Out?

March 23, 2015

Recently there’s been a lot of research from money saving companies into how our lifestyle habits have changed over the last few years. One of the big things is that staying in seems to have become the new going out. Personally I have to admit as I’ve gotten older the thirst for a big night out on the town has become some what lost on me. I’ve come to appreciate my free weekends (when I’m not writing my thesis) and hangovers don’t really mix with that. But it’s not just the hangovers that put me off going out, staying in helps me save money so I can afford to do the hobbies and activities I enjoy outside of work.


I used to be a gym bunny, but since I’ve discovered the joys of hiking I’ve quit my gym. Not only is hiking much cheaper compared to gym membership, the air is definitely fresher and a gym floor isn’t a match for mountain views! Staying in means I can get up early and go hiking with Mr W and our friends.

Mr W and I have regular Youtube watching evenings, I must admit these are predominantly Fridays after a long week at work. We open a bottle of wine, pull up our favourite videos on Youtube (usually this one and this one are picked first) and spend our night listening to new and old songs and chatting with each other. Or we just watch cat videos.

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I love cooking, so does Mr W and we most of all love to cook for friends. There’s nothing better than staying in and having friends over to the house for dinner and playing board games. Or in summer we break out the gas powered BBQ we invested in when we moved in together! We usually run a BYOB scheme, but Mr W can make a decent cocktail for everyone if we’re celebrating something!

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Last, but most importantly, there’s nothing quite like staying in to pamper yourself. As I discussed last week rest is important and I love to chill out in the bath. I always rush to the Comforter bubble bar from Lush, light some candles and put a face mask on for serious blissed out moments. Much cheaper than using a spa!

I’m sure it’s not just me who agrees with staying in being the new going out, would you agree? What makes you stay in over going out? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply Shelise Saddul January 3, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I agree, I used to always go out literally always, but now I’m slightly older I’m so over it, I enjoy it but I don’t really go out as much and get so excited at the thought of a night in with loads of snacks and a film haha! I also love pampering with a face mask and freshly washed hair 🙂

  • Reply Manchester Flick Chick (Chrissie) March 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I wrote a post similar to this recently, although I have been out to El Capo and then the Avalanche do recently. So true, it’s great saving money by cozying up on the sofa in PJ’s, sharing You Tube vids and nipping into the kitchen for snacks (or something you baked earlier) when you feel like it. I’ve realised I have that seaweed face mask and I’ve not pampered myself properly with it for about 6 months!

    • Reply MissPond March 27, 2015 at 9:22 am

      I went to Avalanche too! I’d not not go out, I’m just more picky about the things I do go too these days 🙂 And I do love my PJs a little too much 🙂 I think you definitely need to sort out some pampering time! x

  • Reply Holly O'B (Rock On Holly) March 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Is it really sad to admit that I love a cosy night in on the sofa?! I’m always shattered on a Friday after a long week at work, and I’m more than happy to put on a film, open a bottle of wine and relaaaaax!! 🙂

    I think it’s good to mix it up, but it’s definitely good to schedule in some down time! xx

    • Reply MissPond March 25, 2015 at 8:33 am

      I think I’m just more selective over my nights out now 🙂 Like I’m not going to turn down an invitation to Avalanche for example 😉 But I do love my cosy nights in, I do so much these days it’s nice to stay in and take stock (mainly with wine!) x

  • Reply Nisha Patel March 23, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    In my first year of Uni I used to go out all the time and still have the energy to get up in the morning and go to lectures. As I’ve gotten older every hangover seems to get worse and worse.. So I prefer staying because otherwise I’d waste the day after a night out in bed/ watching netflix/ eating everything in sight x

    • Reply MissPond March 27, 2015 at 9:22 am

      My hangover’s are awful now, instead of a few hours they will last all day! I plan my nights out now so I know when I need a day off. Lol! x

  • Reply Holly March 23, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I’ve always been more of a “stay in” type of person, especially when it comes to the evenings. I’d much rather stay in, have a bath and watch TV in bed.

    However, now my health is getting back on track I want to spend my days out and about, although it can get costly when I buy lunch out or end up going shopping.

    Oh, and that seaweed Body Shop face mask is the best thing ever!

    • Reply MissPond March 27, 2015 at 9:21 am

      I do love my evenings in, I’m not much of a shopper though. But I do like going for lunch/afternoon tea/fancy dinners.But I think I prefer to spend my money on those rather than going out and getting drunk! 🙂 Agree with you about the face mask, I LOVE it!

  • Reply Jaye- Cardiff in a Tea Cup March 23, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I need to do pamper evenings. I love the Comforter too and when I have 5 empty Lush tubs I’m going to get my free face mask to pamper myself with!

    I much prefer saving money for activites, days out or stuff I want (tea pots, make up etc.) rather than nights out. Also, I prefer to go for afternoon tea or something to eat over alcohol and the subsequent hangover! I love cooking and baking too and will get back into it more when my hands are up to it!

    • Reply MissPond March 27, 2015 at 9:20 am

      I need to start buying more Lush face masks… I do nearly have enough empty MAC lipsticks for a free one though!
      I’m definitely a fan of restaurants/afternoon tea instead of crazy nights out, or maybe just an evening with a couple of posh cocktails! x

      • Reply Jaye- Cardiff in a Tea Cup March 27, 2015 at 9:53 am

        I’ve turned into a Lush addict I think. I need to start buying MAC lipsticks!

        • Reply MissPond March 27, 2015 at 9:54 am

          Oh man it’s all about MAC lipsticks. I’m in love with Faux, it’s a proper daytime shade (not too red)! I never used to wear it, but gosh I love it now!

          • Jaye- Cardiff in a Tea Cup March 27, 2015 at 9:57 am

            I’m going to put a MAC lipstick on my list! I’m using a Lush lip tint at the moment which is really nice but I need a lipstick. I only have one MAC thing which is the Wonder Woman eyeshadow.

          • MissPond March 28, 2015 at 6:12 pm

            I was gutted I missed getting the Wonder Woman stuff. I’m thinking I may need to sort this Cardiff trip out… We could go lipstick shopping, for afternoon tea then later on put our newly purchased lipstick on and go drink cocktails! x

          • Jaye- Cardiff in a Tea Cup March 28, 2015 at 11:14 pm

            I was really lucky because Paul bought it for me and I didn’t even know it was out. We both love Wonder Woman! I’m not good with eyeshadow so I have loads left as I don’t want to waste it just practising. I must learn. That sounds like a great day out, I can’t wait!

          • MissPond March 29, 2015 at 6:59 pm

            Wow! Rich would never buy me make up, you’ve bagged a good one there 😉 I’m addicted to eyeshadow, I go through it like crazy! Will have to message you to find a good time to visit x

  • Reply Sarah Thain (@sequinthis) March 23, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I hate wasting my weekends being hungover! All blogging plans go out the window and before I know it, I’m back in work again. Much prefer to get some nice food in, cook a meal & share a nice bottle of red… oh god I sound so old haha 😛 x

    • Reply MissPond March 23, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      Me too. Every so often I do waste a day to a hangover and it always makes me so grumpy 🙁 Hahaha I sound just as old lol! x x

  • Reply Hannah Webster-Sudborough March 23, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I sort of still love going out but like you, I value my weekends too much (and usually have way to much I have to get done) to want to spend them hungover. It does seem like a waste of money too, so I try and have friends over to watch films or for tea and cake now instead 🙂

    • Reply MissPond March 23, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      I enjoy going out, but now I am more selective about when I do go out. Mainly to protect my precious weekends! Like for eg, the rugby his weekend, I wasn’t not going to drink and then I have the gin festival this Friday… Saturday WILL be a write off, but I don’t feel too guilty when I’ve planned for it 🙂 I love having friends round for gin and cake, oh wait I mean tea and cake, no I definitely mean gin. x

  • Reply Anca March 23, 2015 at 10:49 am

    For me it wasn’t only the age, but going out very often reminds me of a life I didn’t love as much as I love my life now. I rather visit museum, stately houses or walk in the countryside. I also love cooking and trying on new recipes and ingredients.

    • Reply MissPond March 23, 2015 at 10:57 am

      I love walking too, we often got to Tatton Park at the weekend for walks 🙂 and I definitely enjoy making time to cook! I wish I could tell younger me that older me is definitely having more fun now, coz I think younger me would think I’m dull- hahaha!

  • Reply Laura March 23, 2015 at 10:40 am

    i totally agree with you, Emma! I used to go out a lot (much more than I do now, which is still loads…) in my first 2 years at university. I realised quickly that opting to stay in and stream movies rather than go out partying/to an actual cinema were effective cost-cutting measures. I’m a huge foodie, though, so am willing to spend on restaurants, which can unfortunately get a bit pricey! Wish restaurants would do discounts all year round :p

    • Reply MissPond March 23, 2015 at 10:46 am

      I definitely prefer going to a fancy restaurant as well 🙂 You should try getting a taste card, there’s some good discounts on there. Or for MCR specifically- NQ Card for Northern Quarter restaurants or Yellow Card for Spinningfields- both offer good discounts in some really good places!

  • Reply Ricky @ The Skint Dad Blog March 23, 2015 at 9:44 am

    For us staying in is definitely the new going out. When I was in my early twenties if I didn’t go out on a Friday or Saturday night I would feel awful! I suppose it was just a habit I’d in to from my teenage years and just carried on.

    In recent years with getting married and having kids it became impossible but we don’t care one bit. Now, instead of going out and spending money we don’t have, we do different things at home. Whether it’s a date night, play board games with the family or just sit around chatting; we much prefer to enjoy each others company in the comfort of our own home and save a fortune in the process.

    Have you seen how much babysitters charge nowadays!!!

    • Reply MissPond March 23, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Definitely my early twenties I pushed it, but now I’ve just grown out of it completely. Nowadays if I do go out I enjoy a fancy restaurant or a good old pint at the pub!! I totally agree there’s something good about spending some together, we really enjoy games nights too 🙂 Whilst I don’t have kids I hear from friends that do just how expensive childcare is!

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