Budget Plans For January

Today’s post is inspired by a text from Barclays kindly reminding me of my ever diminishing bank balance. I know, I know, this month there has been more than a few comments complaining about my lack of money, but seriously guys, I can’t even afford a Nandos right now. Roll on pay day, that’s all I’m saying!  So faced with the weekend and very little plans to fill it, I thought I’d brain storm a few wallet friendly activities and then (cause I love you) I’ve shared them with you.

Girls Night In. Download a few chick flicks, grab a big bowl of popcorn and a couple of tasty treats and invite over your girlfriends. You’ve then got yourself the perfect recipe for cosy night in and for around £10 too… well of course that does depend on how many tasty snacks you’re planning on buying.

Blogging. Whether you’re already a blogging pro or have been thinking about setting up your own site, January is a great time to settle down and crack on with some content. I set my blog up on WordPress using their free templates and hosting and it saw me safely through my first six months of blogging. It was only when I discovered the beautiful themes over at Pipdig that I eventually updated to a custom theme. I warn all bloggers now, don’t click the link! You wont leave the site without purchasing a new theme and we are meant to be saving money here guys, not spending it.

Holiday Daydreaming. Come the 2nd of January it seems that we all get a little obsessed with holidays – I guess the gloomy skies and the prospect of being back to the daily grind will do that to a person. So as we’re all thinking about jet setting anyway, why not spend an evening or two planning your summer get away? You’ll probably find you end up saving a penny or two as you’ll be able to spend more time finding the best deal.

Family Board Game Night. Most of us have a board game or two tucked into a cupboard or loft right? So round up a few family members and dust off the Monopoloy board. If you’re house is anything like mine, it will probably end up in a competitive battle to the death and finish with a grade A row.

Sell, Sell, Sell. January is a great time to clear out the junk you don’t want anymore and make a little money doing it. Depop is a great place to sell your old clothes and eBay is perfect for selling pretty much anything else.

Head to a Museum. Did you know that all (or nearly all) of the London museums are free to enter? So pack yourself some lunch and head out with the bf/friends or on your lonesome and take in a little free culture. My personal favourite is always the Natural History Museum – who doesn’t love learning about Dinosaurs?

And if that all fails, there’s always Netflix!