January is a bleak month, I find myself cold, penniless and feeling a little sorry for myself, so as well as planning what I’d like to make, bake and where I’d like to visit for the year ahead I’ve been thinking of ideas for low cost activities that I can do right now. Activities that don’t cost the earth but still allow me to still spend time with friends and be a little creative.
Here follows my list of free things to do when you’re tight on cash:
We are big fans of board games here at Make Do and Spend towers, favourites include:
- Trivial Pursuits
- Giant Jenga- indoors (this just happens to be Truffle’s favourite too!)
Though C and I only own Monopoly and Giant Jenga we have friends that own other board games so we take it in turns to host dinner and games nights, perfect weekend winter warmers
Visit Free Museums and Art Galleries
This is a great way to take in some culture and get inspired by other artist’s work, we’re lucky enough to have the brilliant New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in Leicester so I’m planning a visit next weekend, try visitbritain.com to find free museums and galleries local to you.
Start a Sketchbook/Scrapbook/journal
This is a great way to document memories and bookmark ideas whilst out and about. B gave me a beautiful 5 year journal for Christmas and I really like the format of Keel’s simple diary as a different format for recording what sort of day you’ve had.
I’m also planning a little bit of sewing as I have a stash of fabric to play with
This is one of my all time favourite ways to save money, it’s simple, cheap, creative and a great way to use up leftovers
Store cupboard Baking Days
Again a great way to get creative and use up ingredients that have been hanging out in the cupboard for a few months. Last year I hosted a pizza making day for some friends who wanted to learn about making bread, it was a great way to spend time quietly catching up with friends without breaking the bank.
Free film viewings
Recycle, swap, and get paid to shop
If you’re a little bored of your film collection or, god forbid, looking to trade in any unwanted Christmas presents try freecycle.org and swapr.co.uk for online swap shop communities, I’m also planning to sign up for grassrootsmysteryshopping.com where you can be paid for secret shopping trips in exchange for feedback on your shopping experience
Wrap up warm and get outdoors
Yes, it’s cold out but there are still adventures to be had and walking and cycling are free. On a recent bike ride I discovered that Leicester has a city farm open 365 days a year, who knew!
How are you saving your pennies this January?