How To Do A No Spend Weekend
Saving money is hard for me. I love to shop and buy things I don’t need (guilty as charged). But as I get older and more responsibilities come on my plate, I know that has to change. One of the things that made me really get my butt in gear is knowing my husband and I will start to expand our family in a few months and how that change will mean I will no longer be living for myself.
But how do you save money when all of it seems to go to your bills and paying for daily necessities?
That’s what today’s post is all about – ways you can save money, such as a no-spend weekend.
In a nutshell, a no-spend weekend is basically enjoying your weekend without spending any money (of course, you can still spend money on your bills and necessities you need).
It’s a way to help you be smarter with your money and showing you that you can live a full, fun life on a shoestring budget. A lot of people do no-spend months but if you’re new to the frugal life, starting with a smaller task such as a weekend is probably easier to accomplish than trying for a month off the bat.
If a no-spend month sounds appealing to you, start with the weekend and gradually build up to a month so that you can actually accomplish your goals.
Here are 10 things you can do this weekend to save some cash:
- Go to the Museum
Many Museums have free admission so check out a local museum’s website to see if they have an interesting exhibit currently running, grab a friend (or your partner) and learn something new about history, art, etc.
- Have a Movie Marathon
Have a Netflix subscription? Pop some popcorn, get a cozy blanket and hit up the couch for a movie marathon. You can pick a theme of movies to watch or you can spend the weekend watching the entire Lord of The Rings series.
- Catch Up on Some Podcasts
If you have a running list of podcasts you’ve been meaning to start but can’t seem to find the time, a no-spend weekend is a perfect time to dive in. Get yourself situated in a quiet, comfy space and pick a podcast that is of interest to you. If you’re into investigative stories, check out the Serial Podcast. Another favourite of mine is The Read, which is a hilarious podcast about black culture and celebrities.
- Host a Games Night
One of our favourite ways to spend a Friday night with friends is a games night. You can invite some friends over and have everyone bring an appetizer and a game board (BYOB of course) and have a night in sharing some laughs with great company.
- Bake Something Delicious
If you have all the ingredients in your baking cupboard to whip up a batch of cupcakes, go for it! Nothing is more rewarding then being able to enjoy the fruits of your labour by baking (& then eating!) some delicious baking. Need some inspiration? Head over to Pinterest to see what yummy creations you can whip up this Saturday afternoon
- Clean Out A Room In Your House
Tackling something on your to-do list is a great way to be productive and spend no money. Think about a room in your house that can use a little TLC and spend the afternoon (or weekend) dejunking, cleaning and reorganizing this space. By the time you’ve finished, you’ll feel accomplished and invigorated with this new space
- Start A Bullet Journal
I LOVE bullet journals! They’re a great way to keep yourself organized and provide yourself with a creative outlet. If you have an empty notebook laying around and some colourful pens and stickers, try starting your very own bullet journal. For some inspiration, check out these amazing ideas on Pinterest. You can learn more about Bullet Journaling here.
- Take Up A Hobby, Like Painting
If you’ve always wanted to take up a new hobby or get back into one you used to enjoy, this is the time to get going. Many of us have the tools we need to start a new hobby already so if you have an extra canvas and some paints laying around from a previous project, why not paint a picture that can double as art in your home?
- Start a Blog
If you’ve always wanted to start a blog, this is the time to do it! Sign up for your Bluehost account here for only $3.95/month (which will create your very own WordPress blog) and spend the afternoon planning out your blog and writing content. You can also get some great tips on designing a professional looking blog on a budget here, tips on starting a blog here or how to triple traffic to your blog via Pinterest here
- Dive Into A Good Book
There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than getting lost in a good book. If you’re like me, then you probably have a handful of unread books on your bookshelf just waiting to be picked up and enjoyed. If not, check around with family and friends to see if they have any books they would recommend you read that they’re not currently using so you can get a free (albeit borrowed) book for your weekend. If you’re so inclined, you can even start your very own book club (get started here).
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