I know I usually like the big-picture talks on financial friday, but this week I thought I’d do some really simple, really practical tips for making the weekend a little less spendy than usual. If you are like me, it’s easy to let time away from work turn into more expenses than you want. By thinking things through ahead of time, it is easy to keep your spending under control!
Make a Plan
A reasonable weekend looks different for different people, but usually we know better before we are in-the-moment making choices about money. Make a budget, at least roughly, based on what kinds of socializing or activities you know you need to do. Knowing what’s on the list will help you be proud of your choices, especially if they involved a bit of scrimping.
Come Up With Free or Low-Cost Activities
When we are in the moment, it is way easier to choose something that costs money that sounds fun, but if you make a list of board games, movies from the library, or craft projects that are good ways to spend your time but which won’t cost so much. If they are always compared with more expensive options, these ideas can pale, so give yourself a few ideas that don’t cost so much so you aren’t always comparing with other options.
When you can, take the Slower, Cheaper Path
Just like activities cost more on the fly, trying to do things fast is also a lot more expensive. If you have the chance to walk wherever you need to go, try to budget the time for that, and always consider how something DIY or cook-it-yourself might save you some money and give you a more rewarding experience anyway!
Congratulate Yourself for a Weekend Well Done! You’ve Earned It!