I’d like to challenge everyone with January’s topic: Spending less.
With the holidays now past us, I think most people can relate with the need to save money. It is also a time when New Year’s resolutions overtake the lives of many (or at least temporarily). Whether you want to save a few dollars here and there, or are embarking on a strict budget, this month’s posts will address a few ways this can be done.
Today I’ll be exploring a few activities that can be used to save money over the weekend, and specifically, Friday night. This is a time of the week when many people want to go out to eat, hang out with friends, or even go out at night. For those that want to save money, or stick to other New Year’s resolutions (finish a book, etc.), this time could be spent in other ways. It can be very tempting to agree to an expensive activity that could potentially drain your bank account or cause you to disregard your budget. In these cases, it is crucial to have a backup plan or a repository of fun activities or hobbies to choose from. It also helps to keep your goals in mind and prioritize them. What is more important to you ?
When we make goals for ourselves and break them, this can lead to feelings of self-doubt and frustration. Choosing to spend our time in ways that coincide with our goals is important. Plus, Friday night really sets the tone for your weekend, and no one wants to spend it bankrupt.
Here are a few very simple ideas for your next Friday night –
- Cook dinner at home while binge watching Netflix or listening to music. Instead of eating an overpriced burger and leaving a tip, save some cash by eating at home (while working on your culinary skills).
- Read a book – this is a lot more fun than it sounds, I promise ! While all of your friends are out, you could be sharpening up those reading skills. And that, also, is much more useful than it may sound. Try picking up a book that interests you – something that you find intriguing that you just haven’t had the chance to read up on yet.
- Work on a hobby. Do you paint ? Do that.
- Listen to a few podcasts – what are you interested in ? There are hundreds of free podcasts out there just waiting to be listened to on just about any subject. This is a great option for those not big into reading.
- Sleep ! Because between work, social life and hobbies, good sleep is hard to come by.
- Plan out your goals. So many people set goals for themselves that they never manage to keep. They say that actually writing out your goals makes you much more likely to keep them. This is important – why let yet another year go by without doing the things that will make you the most happy ?
- Have a dog ? Go for a walk.
- Clean your house / apartment. This is probably the least fun on the list, but it is important to not only maintain your living area, but to also bring order to your life.
- Have a spa night. This doesn’t need to be super fancy, either. Light a candle, paint your nails (or not, if you don’t do that type of thing), put on a face mask and chill. Literally anyone can do this.
- Invite a few friends over for a night in.
I hope these ten ideas give you inspiration on how to use your time throughout the weekend when you want to be a bit more frugal. If you have any other ideas or activities, please share in the comments below.
Thanks for reading – I hope you have a great week.