Have you ever had a no spend weekend?
A no spend weekend is a mini spending freeze. It’s a great little detox for your spending habits.
It’s easy to do, but can have a big impact on your monthly budget.
More than that, it can force you to think creatively and try some new activities!
I know there are some real frugal heroes out there who can go a whole week, or even month, without spending money.
If you can manage that, fantastic!
If that sounds a bit extreme to you, no worries. Start with just one weekend. It can be surprisingly effective.
A lot of us tend to spend far more money on the weekend than we do during the week. Commit to just two days without touching your wallet, and see how much you save!
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
35 things to do on a no spend weekend
1. Play board games
I love board games but we never seem to make the time to play them! A no spend weekend is the perfect time to put a game night in the diary.
2. Have a home spa day
Find a recipe for a face mask or hair mask using ingredients you have at home, or just have a nice long bath.
3. Watch a TED talk
Inspiring and educational. You could spend hours on TED and it’s completely free.
4. Play Pokémon Go
Just don’t get sucked into spending money on PokéCoins.
5. Teach yourself some origami
I’m really into origami – I use it to decorate greetings cards. You don’t need fancy paper to get started, anything will do. Origami Club has good instructions.
6. Get creative in the kitchen
Invent a new dish with whatever you’ve got in the cupboards. Buying extra ingredients is cheating!
7. Go to the library
I’m a huge reader but for some crazy reason I never really bothered with my local library until about a year ago. Now I get almost all my books there! Not only are they free, but I find myself reading more widely because I pick up books I never would have paid for.
8. Give your partner or friend a massage
This is a lovely thing to do and it’s a great skill to learn too.
9. Give yourself a massage
10. Go for a walk
Out in the countryside if you can, or just wander round a new part of town.
11. Learn to juggle
I’m sure you can find something in the house to practise with!
12. Start a blog!
Blogging is fun, creative and could even make you money. There are lots of free sites like this one that will help you get your very own website up and running.
13. Go to a museum
We’re so lucky to have free museum entry here in the UK. Make the most of it!
14. Have a duvet day
It’s so much fun to stay in bed all day every now and then. Not to mention cheap!
15. Start learning a language
Try a free app like Duolingo.
16. Plan your dream holiday
It’s fun to have a dream trip planned, even if you can’t afford it right now. It might even motivate you to start that side hustle and save up for it!
17. Do a free yoga video on YouTube
My favourite channel is Yoga With Adriene. You don’t need a yoga mat or special clothes – just dive in!
18. Call someone for a chat
I bet you have a relative or friend who would love to hear from you.
19. Learn a card trick
I wish I knew some magic tricks… this is going on my to do list!
20. Write a letter to a friend who lives far away
Who doesn’t love getting a letter in the post?
21. Write down your goals
This is really motivational, especially if you’re working on a side hustle or two like me. You could even make a dream board on Pinterest (or the old fashioned way, cutting pictures out of magazines!)
22. Go for a picnic
If it’s raining, have it on the floor at home. Don’t buy anything though – you’ll have to use what you’ve got at home!
23. People watch
Find a nice bench somewhere busy and watch the world go by.
24. Visit an elderly relative
They’ll be happy, you’ll be happy, and you might even get a free meal out of it 😉
25. Learn matched betting
Ok, you will initially have to spend money for this one, but you’ll make back even more! You can make up to £45 straight away with Profit Accumulator.
26. Bake a cake
If you already have some basic ingredients in, simple cakes are really cheap to make.
This might take some organising, but it’ll be worth it. See if there’s a local one-off event that needs some help, or maybe there’s an animal shelter near you that needs dog walkers?
28. Film night at home
Pop your own popcorn – it’s super cheap!
29. Have friends over for a potluck
Socialising doesn’t have to be expensive if everybody cooks something.
30. Declutter your house
You can even sell what you decide to get rid of!
31. Go to a market
I love it when the food market comes to town and I can go round eating all the free samples 🙂
32. Home karaoke
You don’t need fancy mics or software, just have a good old singsong at home! There are loads of karaoke videos on YouTube.
33. Make some artwork
This could be a good group activity with your family or friends.
34. Listen to podcasts
I’ve only started getting into podcasts recently but they are great for staying entertained while doing less fun things (housework!). Any recommendations?
35. Learn some constellations, then go out and stargaze
Go out at night and see what you can spot. There are also some good apps that show you what to look for.
How about you? Do you have any favourite free things to do? Let me know in the comments!
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