Times can be tough these days for a lot of people. A lot of the world’s economies are struggling and it is trickling down to their citizens. Here are a few tips on how to spend your down time without spending most of your money.
Look for free options or special packages
In this economic climate there is no good reason why you should have to pay full price for all of your entertainment needs and activities. The reason so many of us do spend such a lot of money is that we do not know where to look for good deals. Many companies really want to attract customers and clients so it is not uncommon for businesses to have special offers. For entertainment, if you enjoy online games, free bets gives you great deals. They give you free bets of various amounts when you join, and this really does help you earn a lot more money in the long term. It’s not every day that your form of entertainment can actually help you generate more money to spend on entertainment! For general deals at restaurants or sporting activities, Groupon is a great place to look for daily deals that can help you save some money.
Unfortunately some things we want to do are in our spare time are just outside our budget. Many people will splurge on these entertainment needs and then find themselves short on money for daily essentials. While these are of course not perfect substitutes for the real deal, consider making compromises about your entertainment needs. Instead of eating out or getting takeaways, try cooking at home more often. Sometimes our favorite takeaways can be easily replicated for a fraction of the cost –and you also have the benefit of knowing exactly what has gone into your food. Curries, burgers and pizzas are all easy to make. Have a look online for some simple recipes. A couples’ massage can be an expensive endeavor; why not buy some massage oil and have you and your partner take turns giving the other a massage. A night out with friends for drinks, followed by dinner can be quite an expensive affair. Why not host a potluck BBQ instead? I can guarantee you that it will be much cheaper, and you will have just as much fun!
Do something that does not require a lot of money
Sometimes you just need to think outside the box when it comes to entertainment. Weekly trips to the Movie Theater and monthly music concert tickets all add up very quickly. Try opting for less expensive activities. A good start is to look outdoors. Many natural beauties do not require money. Obviously this will not be relevant to all towns and cities, but I do urge you: if you live in a place with a beach, forest, nature park or mountain –take advantage of them! A picnic in the forest or the beach will not break the bank. Neither will a brisk hike up a mountain. Bring out all those old board games you loved as a kid, like Scrabble and Monopoly. Invite your friends over and you have a very cheap afternoon of fun right there in your own living room!