It’s the summer and with wedding preparations well under way I have found that my finances have taken a bit of a beating, almost to the the point where I almost expect the ATM to laugh at me when I try and take any money out. Consequently, I’ve been on a no spend challenge for a while (more on that in a later post) to avoid wasting money on frivolous nonsense. Over the last few weeks I have been looking at ideas to do things that make me happy, but don’t involve spending money…
Here’s a list of most of the things that I either have done, or plan to do over the summer holidays.
Visit the park
Organise a pot luck with your friends
Exercise – walk, jog, hike, cycle, do yoga or Pilates, follow YouTube exercise tutorials
Go the the library
Have a movie night at home
Declutter, clean, tidy and organise
Donate items to your local charity shops
Read – books, magazines, blogs
Start or update a bullet journal
Check out free places in your local town or city – go to the library, art galleries and museums, see if there are any festivals or concerts taking place.
Cook or bake new recipes using items already in your cupboards
Have a board games night or complete a difficult jigsaw puzzle
Get crafty – draw, paint, sketch, write, blog, scrapbook, sew, knit, collage… Anything to get your creative juices flowing!
Be a test subject at a beauty salon
Build your social media profiles – tweet, pin, stumble, follow, flip
Have a homemade spa day
Learn a new skill via YouTube tutorials
Focus on relaxation – relax, meditate, pray, breathe
Update your C.V.
Wash your make-up brushes or organise your make-up
Create lists – exercise plans, meal plans, budget plans, bucket lists, positive affirmations
Teach yourself the basics of a new language
Have young children? Build a fort with them in the living room!
Handwrite a letter to an old friend
Call someone that you haven’t spoken to for a while
Visit a friend that you haven’t seen for a while
If it’s a nice evening, go outside a watch the sunset or the stars
Make a new playlist
Repurpose old furniture
Think of some random acts of kindness that you can do for others… And do them!
Listen to a podcast or watch a Ted Talk
Have a nap!
What about you guys? Any ideas for no spend activities?
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