Lockdown has been lifted and we’re finally able to go out again. I don’t know about you but I don’t quite have enough funds for all of the things I want to do and need some fun options for when I need to look after my pennies. These are some of my favourite things that I love to do and they don’t break the bank! A lot of them involve being at home, so perfect if you’re isolating too.
Discover something around you
Whilst lockdown gave us walks around our local area, there might still be some gems on your doorstep or a short journey away that you’ve not explored yet. I live in the outskirts of London and have recently made a list of things I want to do which don’t involve a lot of money such as finally visit Richmond Park and admire the big houses in Hampstead. I’ve also got some autumn walks around Greenwich park planned, accompanied with a hot chocolate too! You can also check out National Trust for walks or sights local to you.
Discover a new business around you
Similarly, Lockdown has been hard on local businesses and when we were out and about in my local area recently we stumbled across the most amazing little Italian cafe with delicious pastries and coffees. Now, when I am out and about, I look for the small businesses and try and pop in. I love discovering them!
Bake or try a new recipe
Nothing beats the smell of delicious homemade cooking or baking and it’s a great way to spend an afternoon (especially if it’s raining outside, there’s something really comforting about that!) I tried Jane’s Patisserie Biscoff blondies recently and they were amazing. I also cooked a Ruby Chicken Curry from Dishoom’s cookbook which was the best curry I’ve ever made.
Embrace the seasons
It will soon be getting colder and darker and I think this transition stage is the perfect time to embrace the season change – dig out your candles and throws and make your home cosy. You could even get crafty and do some of your own autumnal designs, I love checking out Pinterest for ideas (especially good if you have younger children). You could even host a film night in with your friends where all that’s required is cosy pjs and snacks. Or, you could do a spa day/night with products you already have and give yourself a pamper, ready for the colder weather.
Games are such a good way to entertain yourself and you can make them part of fun challenges with family and friends, by giving out prizes for beating high scores. You can dig out your favourite board games for this and get competitive. I find that online games are a great way to unwind! Solitaire have lots of different games online that don’t involve downloading any software. I really enjoyed Candy House (you have to match as many boxes in a certain amount of time), and The Palace Hotel which is a memory game. I thought I’d be really good at this but I actually kept loosing seconds as I couldn’t find the hidden objects. I also played 21 blitz with my boyfriend one night too! There’s something for everyone on there.
What’s your favourite affordable thing to do at the weekend?