5 Easy Tips to Spending Less this Weekend

The weekend is coming let’s do what we can to spend less and nurture our relationships more. Below are 5 easy tips that will help you spend less.

If eating out on the weekend is something you normally do, try making a special meal inside. Use your slow-cooker throw in some chicken breasts, open a jar of pesto sauce, pour it over the top, and cook it on LOW for 6 hours. It’s great over pasta, rice, or mashed cauliflower. Open a bottle of wine and you have a special meal.

If you normally go out to a movie with the family, try having a family-read together. Get a book that you have been dying to read. If you have a family, make sure the book is appropriate for the ages of your children. After dinner, gather up all the pillows, throw them on the floor with piles of blankets, and take turns reading the book.

Family reading together

If you spend your weekends shopping, go on a nature hike or walk around your town. Spending some time outside helps you appreciate the simple things in life. Let your children take photos with your phone to see life from at their level.

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If you’re looking for free entertainment, check with your local library. The library always has a board of free entertainment and talks. I found one at my library for a chocolate seminar that gave away free chocolates and coupons for factory tours.

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If you’re spending your weekend at a bar, you’re probably dealing with an alcohol rental factor, renting beer if you know what I mean. Have you ever thought about a beer tasting at your place with all your friends? Have them bring at least one bottle of a beer they haven’t tasted yet, a micro-brew maybe. Then have some snacks and you have a party. You can do this with Coffee, Teas, Wines, gourmet sodas, or even some healthy flavored homemade waters.

If we make saving money difficult, we won’t do it for long. Saving money while still having the finer things in life just means that we need to think out of the box. Let’s get creative about how we spend our time because that is what it comes down to. Let’s spend our weekends nurturing our relationships.

Wishing you wellness for a new day!

TIP #3: PLAN YOUR DESTINATIONS

Today we have the opportunity to pick up a new lens for my husband’s camera. He found it on Craigslist. We need to travel 72 miles to reach our destination. So we planned all week to make this trip. My husband only took the car to work, and we walked all the other places we needed to get to during the week. I walked 10 miles one day to get to the post office and the library. We walked to the grocery store, and even down to the harbor to enjoy our warm days. We also took the time to plan our destinations and what other places we could stop in at while we were traveling the 72 miles from our home.

So we stopped in at some of our favorite shops that we don’t normally get to,  Sno-Isle Foods (a natural food co-op). We also checked out REI, and took our lunch so we could eat it it on the ferry ride back.

Gas prices

The point is this, if you are going to travel a distance longer than 3 miles away, you might as well make the most of it. Gas prices keep rising and we all need to make our gas money go further. One other thing both my husband and I did was to institute a new rule for ourselves. If our destination is within 3 miles from our home, we walk it. If it’s longer than 3 miles, we’ll take the car but we bundle our destinations with others on our list. So next week when I have a chiro appointment, I’ll also stop in at Target to get my paper products.

This also helps our health because walking is one of the best and cheapest forms of exercise a person can get.

Kill two birds with one stone, go for a walk and save some money.

  • Monthly Savings: $28
  • Yearly Savings: $336