If you’re anything like me, you marched into 2016 armed with New Year’s Resolutions and high hopes for an incredible year. On this blog, I often discuss my journey to better physical health, but one aspect of wellness that we don’t always talk about is financial health.
If you haven’t set your New Year’s Resolutions yet, your finances are a great place to start. Nearly everyone I know, regardless of salary and socioeconomic background, admits to eating a few too many meals out at restaurants, spending $150 at Target when they only meant to buy paper towels, and going over budget simply to hang out with friends. Why not work to save money for the moments that really matter?
Attend local community events.
I live close to several expensive tourist attractions, so it can be easy to overlook all of the amazing local events and lesser-known attractions from time to time. That’s why I love to look for free or cheap upcoming events in the area! From art shows to film festivals, many cities offer an awesome variety of activities appealing to multiple age groups and interests. Check Facebook as well for event ideas near where you live.
Visit an educational venue.
Take a trip to the zoo, a museum, the planetarium, or a wildlife sanctuary. Many of these places have a relatively low admission price and even offer student discounts for those who are still in school. This gives you a chance to broaden your horizons and learn about something new, and can be just as fun to do with friends and family! My friends and I had such a great time visiting the planetarium last month that we even decided to attend the (free) Winter Sky Festival they are hosting this weekend.
Participate in community service.
There are few greater feelings than the way you’ll feel by giving back to others. You don’t need to write a big check to make a difference in the world — there are a lot of kind things you can do to help others. My parents volunteer for a food pantry and an animal rescue. When I visit, I often join them to pack food or help out with the rescue dogs. Volunteering your time can be a lot of fun to do with your family and friends, but it can also be enjoyable even if you go alone.
If weather permits, spend some time out enjoying nature. Go to a park or beach, grab a frisbee, picnic with friends, take a hike, or just spend sometime outside together with a refreshing change in scenery. This is also scientifically shown to make you happier and more productive. 🙂 Who knew?
What are your tips for a frugal but fun weekend? Check out my guide to enjoying Central Florida for under $20 for more ideas!