Whether you are at University, saving or just low on funds- it can sometimes feel like you are constantly stuck doing the same things. But sometimes you can treat yourself for free or for very little at all!
As we are saving to buy a house, money is tight. So each week we set ourselves 'treat money' to play with, because we feel this is important to make saving a little easier on ourselves. Here we have compiled a list of 12 things we like to do for little money or for free!
1. Skating. This one is for David. Skating is good because it's the perfect thing to do on a nice day to pass the time. Now we're lucky enough to have a little ramp built a few minutes down the road from us, Dave can foresee a lot of summer evenings spent down there!
2. Garden Centres. Call us sad and old, but we love it! We think it reminds us both of being children and spending Saturdays walking round with our Grandparents. If we ever have a spare Saturday or Sunday, we'll take a drive to one of the nearby garden centres and just have a mooch! It's nice to look at the plants, browse the gift shop, pick up a pic 'n' mix bag or grab a sandwich. At Christmas it is even better! We look at the decorations and smell all the real trees! We especially love the garden centres with a pet section- for obvious reasons!
3. Lunch. If we have no other plans that week, we may treat ourselves to lunch out one day. It's always nice to find somewhere we've never been before and try the menu. We love burgers at the moment, and there seems to be a bit of a trend going on with them- so there's always lots of tasty options!
4. Flowers. And this one is for Hayley. Flowers can be pricey, so it's nice to save them as a treat. Sometimes after work on a Friday, Hayley will nip into Waitrose and pick up a nice bunch to brighten up her room (and day!)
5. Friends. There is nothing better than getting together with all of your friends. We all love doing BBQs and sitting in the beer garden in the summer. Or if it's a little chilly you can find us all in the pub for a couple of cheeky pints, or snuggled up on the sofa watching movies.
6. Galleries and Museums. These are perfect to do if you are low on cash as they are usually free! Even if you have to pay it's never too much. We are both lovers of art, photography, fashion etc, so there is always somewhere for us to nose around. Even if that's not your thing, you can pretty much find a museum to fit any theme these days! One place we want to go is our local shoe museum in Northampton as Hayley has never been!!
7. The Beach. On a sunny day (or even on a cold day), we might decide to take a trip to the sea side. The closest beach to us is about 1hr 30mins away, so not too much if you both (or all) split the petrol. £10 can probably get you a fish and chips, drink, ice cream and maybe even a go on the arcades! Perfect day sorted!
8. Visiting Hayley's Dad. He lives in Kent with her Step Mum, so when we can we love to drive down for the weekend. It only costs us the petrol, and we can usually find a few free things to do there. They live pretty close to the seaside, and there are woods all along the back of the house. It's nice to have another home in a different part of the country.
9. Dog walks. This is something new for us, as Ernie only came into our lives 5 months ago. But there is nothing better than spending an hour or so, walking him around our local towns and country parks. With spring and summer looming, we know we can spend our weekends with Ernie and get fit all at the same time!
10. Road trips. We love getting in the car and driving somewhere for the day. There are a few villages and towns local to us that have nice antique shops, cute cafes and places to wander. But the drive in itself is always fun, and we make playlists of all our favourite songs.
11. Exploring local attractions. It's always good to see what fun things there are to do in your local area. Last summer we finally went to Salcey Forest, and it was stunning. It's like a big tree house where you walk amongst the trees, so a perfect photo opportunity for David!
12. Bike Rides. Something you sort of have to wait until spring/summer to do, but as soon as it gets warm enough we go! There are so many places near us where you can bike, and it's fun/cheap to take a picnic.
We'd love to hear what you do for fun that is cost friendly!?