The weekend tends to be the time that people typically spend more, usually because they have more time on their hands and less regular activities from a work schedule to keep them busy. This extra time often gives way to boredom and it is a known fact that when you’re bored, you buy, generally in an attempt to fill the void you may be feeling.
Not only does this cause your budget to suffer, the problem may be further compounded if credit cards are your preferred payment method, since you are more likely to overspend when you swipe versus when you pay in cash and in full. With that said, in order to keep your budget intact, you need to keep yourself busy, and this round-up of budget-friendly weekend activities will definitely help in more ways than one:When you're bored, you buy! Keep your budget intact by keeping yourself busy. Click To Tweet
Work on a Project You’ve Been “Meaning To” for the Longest Time.
We all have them. That one idea swirling around in the back of our minds that we’d like to start or finish, but have yet to get around to. Well, since you have some time this weekend and you also need to keep yourself out of financial worries – just do it! I know that’s easier said than done but here’s the secret – getting started is the hardest part. Momentum is easier to maintain than it is to build.
Looking at the potential mountain of work you have to do or beating yourself up for not getting started sooner won’t be helpful to you, so ensure that you avoid doing either. Instead, break your project down by immediately actionable tasks and chip away at those individually.
Even if you don’t complete your project in its entirety this weekend, whatever progress you make will be quite exhilarating and serve as a reminder and motivation for you to maintain the momentum you’ve built. Besides, you’ll have other upcoming weekends to get even more done.
Start A Garden.
Whether its seeds from your favorite fruit, a medicinal plant, or your favorite variety of flowers – plant something! Not only is gardening good for the environment, it is also incredibly therapeutic. Get down and dirty for a few hours and allow yourself to get lost in your thoughts and creativity. Even better, channel your inventiveness (tun yuh han’ mek fashion) and keep your gardening within budget by using up items you already have around your home.
Pinterest is a great place to search for frugal DIY ideas and if you have children, make it a fun project that they can also participate in – that’s a win-win. Plus, this will give you something to look forward to in the coming weeks and months when your garden starts to bloom or push out fresh produce.
“Ugh!” Yeah, I know – definitely not the most fun thing you could spend your weekend doing. As a matter of fact, you’ve probably been meaning to do some decluttering for a while now but have yet to get around to it. Here’s the thing, though: Some things simply no longer have a place in your life and personal space and you’re doing yourself a disservice by not getting rid of them.
Your decluttering exercise may also make it more apparent that you have spent a ton of money on stuff you didn’t really need, which means you seriously have no business buying anything else. Go ahead and get to cleaning out those drawers, your closet, the cupboards, and everywhere else you stored something you might need “just in case,” though you probably haven’t laid eyes on the item(s) in over a year. (Ladies, your handbags and wallets should also be included. I’m going to bet that you don’t really need those 2 year old restaurant receipts. *major side eye*)
Rule of Thumb: If it isn’t a major item and you haven’t used it in over 6 to 12 months, it needs to go! Be sure to donate all worthy items, especially clothing, to a nearby charity. So not only do you reward yourself by clearing out your personal space, you also get to do some good and make someone else very happy.
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