After the age of 22, our taste buds graduate from straight Fireball or Jäger. We might prefer a nice glass of wine or some fine whiskey on the rocks instead. This is great news for you mouth, but not your wallet. A nice dinner can change from $20 to $70 with just a handful of quality drinks on your bill if you're not careful. While this is fun to do once in awhile, it's not a sustainable or efficient way of doing things. So lets take a few easy steps to obliterate that drinking bill.
First of all, just go buy a flask. They make novel ones that look like sunscreen bottles, but I would recommend a solid metal one. This one even comes with a collapsible shot glass to help you shoot back a full 2oz or measure an appropriate amount to pour into your drink.
Now that we have the reservoir, we just need the alcohol to fill it. We're not going to skimp here either; let's go for Jameson. Of course you can go for a cheap vodka or whatever else, but we want to still enjoy life. A 1.75 liter of Jameson at Costco runs for $54.79 after the Washington State Liquor Tax. At QFC it'll run you $57.20. That sticker price is a little rough, but let's do some math. A bottle that size hold about 59 ounces, which comes out to around 39 1.5oz shots. This makes each shot you pull from that flask a measly $1.40 instead of $7 + $1 tip at a bar. Let's see what it could cost to take 39 shots of Jameson at a bar: 39 shots X ($7 + $1 tip) = $312. Yikes! That's $257 you're just handing out for no reason. Multiply this out over the course of a social year and you're saving a grand for just a little planning work.
Flasks should be used with some reservations, though. If you're at a bar, you should still support the staff by ordering a few drinks. If you're hopping around town and seeing the sites though, this is a great way to keep things cheap and mobile.