I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! Having a holiday on a Tuesday is pretty odd (especially when you have work the day before and after), but nonetheless, it was nice to have the day off!
The past couple weeks have been so much fun – but also very expensive. Between my birthday (which obviously comes with extra self-spoiling), a stay in Orlando for the BlogHer conference, and booking a trip to Boston next month, my poor wallet could use a break!
Whether you’re looking to have a no-spend day, week, or month to either save or replenish your bank account(s), here are 10 things you can do instead of spending money.
1. Have a Netflix Binge-Watch
This is something I do regularly already, but hey, if you’re trying to save some extra dough, this is a great alternative to going out to the movies. And don’t worry about finding the same ol’ stuff to watch. Netflix is churning out original content like you wouldn’t believe!
2. Learn a New Skill
Is there something new you’ve been wanting to learn? This is the perfect time to watch some videos or work through a course you signed up for! If you’re getting a little stir crazy, check to see if a local store has a free educational event going on (stores like Apple and Home Depot have these all the time)!
3. Read a Book
Free entertainment right here! This is the perfect opportunity to pick up a book (or two) from your shelf and finally get to reading! Admittedly, I’ve been slacking on my reading (again), but am ready to get back to it. Next up for me are Into the Water (from the author of The Girl on the Train) and The Handmaid’s Tale (SO hooked on the Hulu show)!
4. De-Clutter + Donate/Sell Unwanted Items
When’s the last time you went through your closet or drawers around the house? Chances are there’s a TON of stuff sitting there that you either haven’t used in ages or haven’t used EVER. Time to let it go. This could even result in you making money if you’re able to sell things off, or act as a tax write-off if you’re donating.
5. Clean the House
Put a good playlist on and bust out the cleaning supplies! While you’re the basics of cleaning, this might be a good time to change the air filter and dust the baseboards/fans!
6. Attend a Free Local Movie/Music Event
During the summer there are free events (usually at a park) featuring movies or music ALL THE TIME. Look up your city (or one nearby) to see what kind of free events you can enjoy!
7. Tackle At-Home Projects
You know that never-ending list of home projects you’ve been thinking about? This is a great time to tackle them! It doesn’t have to be anything significant (because that’s where money comes in), but there’s always plenty to be done! For me, these are things like hanging up pictures, and unpacking those last few boxes of clothes (mostly winter things) from the move.
8. Volunteer at a Local Charity
Nobody said you need to lock yourself in the house when you’re on a spending freeze! Kill the time by donating your time to a local charity. It won’t cost you a penny and you’ll leave feeling really good from giving back!
9. Reach Out to Long-Distance Friends/Family
We live busy lives, so keeping up with friends and family can be challenging, especially when they live far away. Set aside some time for a phone call or FaceTime date with your loved ones to catch up on life!
10. Plan Your Next Vacation
Saving the best for last, am I right?! I LOVE to plan trips and spend quite a bit of time researching. Although you won’t actually be on the trip just yet, this is a great weekend to gauge where your next trip should be, or if it’s already confirmed, start nailing specifics down for what you want to do.
What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re trying to be money conscious?