Cheap & Cheerful Weekends
If you work all week – be it on the road, in an office, or hauling kids hither and yon – you might see the weekend as your opportunity to kick back, forget about rules and schedules, and splurge a little. But if every weekend turns into an excuse to spend money – eating out, going to venues, buying popcorn and candy for the kids at a movie – then you make be blowing your budget unconsciously.
There are ways to have fun without it costing an arm and a leg. Why not invite friends over for a clean-out-the-fridge party. Everyone brings their leftovers and you act like it’s a Chinese food fiesta, nibbling on bits of this and that as you gab about the week and catch up on the gossip.
If you’re towing kids, consider hosting a game night. You can make bucketsful of popcorn for very little money. Add some homemade iced tea, and you can play Monopoly, Scrabble or Charades all night. Each family can bring its favourite game, you can drop the game names into a hat and pick randomly to see what you’ll be doing first.
Want to wear those kids out before bed so the ‘rents can watch a movie and sip some wine? Get ‘em outside. A game of flashlight tag, gathering leaves for a spring tree paste-up, or blowing bubbles and feeding the ducks are great ways to fill their lungs with fresh air and wear ‘em out. Suggest impromptu races with rewards (like gummie worms) for all the runners when they hit the finish line.
If you’re leading the single life, start a tradition. Invite a bunch of friends over for competitive Scrabble or poker night. Each person brings a libation and nibbly to share with the group. See how easy?
Challenge yourself to be more mindful of your money on weekends. Think twice before blowing your budget on those days when watching your wallet isn’t necessarily top of mind. You can have fun on the cheap and head into the week cheerful because you stayed on track and still have money left in your entertainment jar.
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