January is not the most fun month of the year. The weather is gloomy and it can be very cold. The bank balance is looking rather depleted after Christmas and the January sales really haven’t done much to help this. But think of it another way, you are going out far less so saving that money you hadn’t been paid yet and may have otherwise spent. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up on fun activities that maybe you didn’t have the chance to before.
Here are my top 5 low budget ideas to have fun this January without having a drastic effect on your bank balance.
Go out for Dinner using Restaurant Vouchers
We all love going out for dinner, I know I do but it can be a costly pastime. Going through websites that provide discount vouchers such as Buyagift or My Voucher Codes can give a reasonable saving plus you may discover some wonderful new restaurants that you might not have otherwise. For example Buyagift has a 2 for 1 on a 3 course meal at The Hilton on Park Lane costing only £49. Naturally I couldn’t resist and had to look at the menu – it’s what I do lol I AM food obsessed! The menu is varied and I must say looks good enough to entice me out on a freezing cold winters day / night.
The rest of my suggestions will be based from home making them equally as fun but also a little lighter on the pocket.
Dinner with Friends
This can be pretty pricey if one person foots the bill and that is not what we are looking for. Each guest will bring a dish (prearranged so you don’t all bring a main and miss out on dessert as that would be a disaster). Don’t forget to ask them all to bring a bottle of something alcoholic or not. Avoid pot luck as I’ve been invited to these before and once you have tried the 3rd persons offering of a potato salad you can get pretty fed up and it’s not so much fun. Everyone tends to have a speciality dish which they can whip up fast or at least easily and tastes great. Another option that leads on from this is a theme night. These can be petty fun (don’t forget you also have the option of fancy dress too here for those so inclined) and you can try some delicious dishes without is costing a fortune. For those that lack confidence in the kitchen you have two options either buy a dish or simply arrange a few evenings with friends where they can teach you how to make various dishes as in my last suggestion. Not only is it great fun it also increases your cooking range and makes meals far more exciting as you can improvise with ingredient the next time you make the dish to create other dishes.
My Courgetti, Tomato, Chorizo and Olive recipe is easy to make, low calorie and very tasty.
Movie Night at Home
Movie night can be great fun and pretty inexpensive too. I love to snuggle with my daughters and little boy on the sofa and watch cartoons or animated movies whilst nibbling on homemade popcorn and a share bag of chocolate. Alternatively, once the kids are in bed it’s always nice to snuggle up to my husband and watch a movie. If we are feeling social then I tend to grab the phone and invite a few friends over. We love to sit around the tv watching movies and munching on snacks and drinking wine or hot chocolate or one of my homemade cocktails (I have enough alcohol to stock a bar it’s great! – surprisingly I don’t drink very often). Again the expense is minimal if all contribute and this can often be a fun night in catching up and enjoying a great film. I am hoping to have some friends over soon for one of these nights in – for my friends reading this, whatssap message coming to your phone soon! PS. I have a new dessert you simply must try!!!!!!!!!!!
PPS. Can you let me know which of these you want to watch???
For any of my readers that might like to watch any of the above movies they are very well priced on Amazon. I found The Hobbit for £4.49 on there, bargain!
Games Night at Home
This has got to be one of my favourite things to do along with watching movies with anyone that will watch them with me and dining in or out with friends and family. Whether I am playing board games with the children or with our fabulous Marble Run (I love this it’s fabulous!!!!!) which is perfect for children and those like me that are very young at heart.
You have to see this in action it’s so much fun!
Want an adults night games night instead. Not a problem again you can grab your board games and interactive games and have a great time. My friends have various versions of Scene It and one recently bought a Disney one. I can’t wait for her to bring it so we all have a play I think my chances are pretty good if the questions are about the movies and nothing too complicated! That is definitely something that will make a fun evening in. There are other versions of Scene It including a Harry Potter one, Friends, Music, Movies and others.
Baking / Cooking with Friends
As I mentioned we all have dishes we are fabulous at making and that our friends would love to learn to make too. An evening in teaching each other how to make them would be something that I would really enjoy and would be beneficial to all. I have been promising one of my friends that I would help her learn to make my pavlovas. I will agree they are brilliant and that’s not me tooting my own horn – you simply must try one to fully appreciate how good they are. These are a favourite amongst my family and I am always asked to bring one to family get-togethers. Why not take a look at my Black Forest Fruits Eaton Mess, or my Eaton Mess with Pimms recipes to get a simple and delicious pavlova recipe. Eaton Mess basically includes a broken up pavlova with some kind of fruit and cream added and is a lovely recipe.
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