Once upon a time you could stick a £20 note in your back pocket and have a great night out in Belfast.
It’s a fairy story by today’s standards.
Stick a few more of them in there this weekend and you’ll still not see any change.
Belfast now ranks amongst the top 10 most expensive cities in the UK for a night out.
Assessing everything from the price of a cut and blow dry and hotel rooms, to taxi fares and the price of a pint, the rocketing figures are quickly putting huge cracks in the idea of a night on the tiles.
While we all know businesses have had it tough, there comes a point when the normal person on the street is priced out of the market.
Northern Ireland also has the highest proportion of jobs paying below the living wage.
If mortgages weren’t so hard to come by more than a few of us might be lined up at the bank to see if they could stump up so we could afford a life.
Instead it’ll be off to the supermarket for a cheap six pack and home to our Netflix subscription.