How to navigate the Nashville social scene on a budget

Kimberly Novosel looks like a million bucks without spending so much money in a dress from Rent the Runway.(Photo: submitted)

I’ve always intended to t, and sometimes even made that budget and thought it sure did look helpful before I tucked it away never to be looked at again. Enter 2017 and I’ve finally grown up (and braved up) and hired some help.

One myth my money coach helped me bust is that “saving money means staying home.” Not true, as long as you have intentionally allocated a certain amount of your budget for social things and take care to stay within that limit. Mine for the month is $100.

Here are some of my favorite discoveries:

1. Find the happiest hours.

Happy hour is a great place to eat and drink on a budget. The key is not to eat or drink more because it’s cheaper. My favorites? , who has Happy Hour specials every night (closed Mondays) from 4-6 p.m., , who has 2-for-1 cocktails and half priced tacos on Wednesdays, and half priced beer, wine, and specialty cocktails at for after work drinks on Mondays through Thursdays from 5-7 p.m.

2. Live music on smaller stages.

You don’t have to spend your $100 on one huge concert at the arena. With so much talent around town, a show on one of our smaller stages is just as entertaining, and more intimate too. Check out the calendars at or for some of the best artists in town, and you’ll spend under $20 per show.

3. Get clever with your coffee dates.

Half of my social time is just a lineup of coffee hangs catching up with friends. A latte can cost anywhere from $4 to $8 depending on where you go in town, and if you have two over several hours, or even one every day, that can really add up. Coffee or iced coffee is half the price and often comes with free refills! Think you’ll miss your flavored latte? Order your coffee with your favorite flavored syrup and your total will still be much less.

4. Dress like a million bucks.

You don’t have to spend much to look amazing. One of my favorite dollar saving secrets is . I rent most of my event dresses from them, and they also have every day wear like tops, jackets, and bags! The best part? You get two sizes for the same price so you can be assured of a good fit. Prefer to try it on first? right here in Nashville rents looks too!

5. Choose your events wisely.  

A lot of Nashville’s best events have a less expensive ticket option included. Ballet Ball might be out of your budget, but ticket gets you into the best parts of it. You can pay for your ticket in installments too. Nashville’s young professionals groups like and YEP () host regular networking events and shows for either just a cover charge or free.

I’m challenging myself to put these tips into action and to really spend less than $100 on the social scene over the next month. Keep up with to see how I do!

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Kimberly Novosel (Photo: #BringYourBrave)

Kimberly Novosel is co-founder and artist manager at Press Management Group. With a degree in music business from Belmont University and a background in tour promotions and image development, she specializes in working with new artists on creating a stronger brand and a bigger audience. A fitness fanatic, Kimberly loves yoga, running and indoor cycling. When not in the office or the gym, you‘ll find her traveling. You can find her here on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or at .​

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