How to Have Fun for Less

Oct 09

How to Have Fun for Less

Like you, I used to be under the impression that not many things came for free, and to have a good time I needed to spend extraordinary amounts of money.

However, after having children I was forced to look at things from a different perspective, and I happily discovered there are, in fact, plenty of innovative ways to save money and find fun things to do that don’t cost the earth.

This is great news in today’s financially challenging works, where every single penny really does count.  For most people, a ‘cheap’ night out to the cinema could mean sacrificing their coffee shop allowance for the rest of the week – not a nice choice to have to make.

So here are five of our top tips for enjoying life for less and having a whole lot of fun along the way:

Check online for deals and offers

There are a growing number of fantastic promotional and voucher code websites that offer deals and money off a huge range of products and services.  From discounted days out at some of the UK’s top theme parks, to saving money when clothes shopping.  For example, having a Missguided Promotional Code could not only save you money off clothes, you could also have them delivered for free.  The deals are there for the taking, and it’s as easy as carrying out an online search.

Get a free haircut

Trainee hairdressers and barbers need to practice their fledgling skills on someone, and that someone could be you!  Hairdressing academies give people the chance to get their hair cut and styled for free, under the watchful eye of an experienced professional, of course.

It may take a little longer, but you’re not paying for the privilege, so you may as well put on your iPod, and enjoy it!

Take a dog for a walk

Owning a dog takes time, money, space and a great deal of responsibility.  But, the rewards are priceless – dog owners are reportedly happier and healthier than us canine deficient individuals.

If you like the idea of dog walking but without the stress, why not advertise your dog walking services in local stores or papers.

Look for free days out

If you look hard enough, there are hundreds of days out to be had for free.  For example most of the larger London art galleries and museums are free to visit and have a fantastic display of artefacts and hands on exhibitions for younger visitors to enjoy.  The Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Tate Gallery are free to enter and provide hours of interesting fun for all the family.

If London is a bit of a trek for you, then look in your local area for low cost or free organised events, walks and exhibitions.

Freecycling

Freecycling is the latest craze sweeping the nation. It’s a fantastic way to ‘bring back to life’ products that would have otherwise have sat, unloved, in your garage for the next seventeen years.

You can have so much fun painting and adorning that dreary mahogany wardrobe in fresh white paint and new handles, and I promise you will be amazed at the results.

This is a great way to redesign your house without investing hundreds of dollars, or you could sell your items for a premium by selling them at craft fairs or online and listing them as ‘vintage’ or ‘shabby chic’

Having fun doesn’t have to cost the earth – with a bit of online research and imagination you and your family could be better off financially, in addition to having spent some quality time together.