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When it comes to gambling, we can sometimes spend more than we intend to.

Whether you find yourself at a local casino or on PlayNow.com, balancing your time and budget with other activities is key. We’ve got a few tips and tricks you can use to plan ahead before a night out or to refer to when you feel like it might be time to take a break.

Our top 5 ways to find balance:

1. Balance gambling with other activities
Shake it up a bit! Check out a local event in your city, go for a bike ride, or settle in for the night with your fave snacks and a good movie.

2. If you want to gamble, go with a friend
Taking a friend along will help keep gambling social and fun. After all, it's meant to be entertaining.

3. Set a time limit
It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re not thinking about it. Set your watch or smartphone to go off after a certain period, and when it does, you’re done. 

4. Set a budget
Like all forms of entertainment, gambling comes at a cost. Use the GameSense spend calculator to see how much you might be spending and set up a budget for your visit and stay within it.

5. Take a break
Grab a bite or coffee, or see if the casino has any entertainment or other activities you can enjoy. The possibilities are endless!