The problem with trying to save money at bars is the more you drink, the less you care about how much you’re spending. And we’re definitely spending more. In 1982 Americans spent 24% of their alcohol budget at restaurants and bars, but by 2011 that number had climbed to 40%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, given that you’re spending more at pubs and clubs, Lauren Lyons Cole provides tips to help you balance your budget—without sacrificing your weekend plans. We tend to let price tags dictate our opinion of quality, but that’s really not a good measure when it comes to certain types of alcohol. This is especially true with vodka, where blind taste tests disprove marketing hype all the time.