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5 Ways to Have Fun on a Tight Budget

Is it possible to have fun on a budget?

We say YES.

Socialising on a budget can, at times, feel impossible. Your friends want to do ‘XYZ’ whilst you can only do A, B or C!⁠

Fortunately, thanks to some ideas from @amysbudgeting and NerdWallet, we’ve compiled some easy alternatives you can use to still have fun with your friends - without going over budget. 🙏

Here are 5 ways to have fun on a tight budget:

⁠Swap Your Favourites

Instead of a night out or a trip to the cinema, why not enjoy a few drinks in and movie night at home?

Instead of high-street shopping, how about a charity shop visit?

Or how about creating a 'Fake-away' (a homemade version of a takeaway) at home instead of eating out?

When on a budget, we may have to compromise our usual favourites for their cheaper alternatives. But that doesn't mean we can't have fun - we just have to get creative!

Go Off-Peak

Aquariums, theme parks, zoos and museums are often cheaper on the less busy days of the week. Do some digging and find out if buying off-peak tickets could secure you the biggest savings.

Check out this article from MoneySavingExpert for deals, discounts and vouchers on the UK's favourite theme parks.

Soak Up The Sun

You don't have to stay indoors to save money - by spending time in nature, you can still enjoy the outdoors without breaking the bank.

Whether you go on a family hike, take the dog for a long, scenic walk, try a bike ride, or take a frisbee and picnic to your local park with some friends, spending time outside is one of the cheapest ways to have a good time.

Looking for some cheap ways to have fun as a family this summer? Read our blog for some inspiration on Budget-Friendly Activities for the Summer Holidays.

Play Games

You don't have to own the highest-tech gaming PC or console to enjoy gaming. On the App Store alone, there are thousands of free mobile games for you to choose from that can keep you occupied without spending a penny.

If video games aren't your thing, you could host a 'classic' games night complete with board games, card games or family favourites like Charades - better yet, ask your friends to bring along their favourite classic game so everyone gets to play something they enjoy!

Join Your Community

Engaging with your local community is a great way to not only meet people and make friends, but also get involved in fun, often cheap or free events.

Search for local events in your town or city to see what's on: if the weather is particularly nice, you might get to attend a free concert in the park or an outdoor cinema with cheap tickets. There's also no harm in taking the bus to somewhere a bit more eventful for the day if there isn't a whole lot going on in your local area!


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