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Weekends can be great (if you're not working) they give you the chance to relax, spend time with your family or just get all of the stuff on your list done. But when you're just relaxing, weekends have a habit of becoming expensive. With activities and temptations all over the place, a weekend can easily cost you a lot of money if you are not careful.
But there are some great things you can do at the weekend that are totally free.
A Nice Walk
We spend so much time appreciating other places, but we're not appreciating where we actually live! Take some time to see the beauty of your hometown, admire the scenery, architecture, and everything that the place you call home has to offer. Sight seeing isn't always for other places, especially if you live in a beautiful or interesting part of the country.
Add Some Culture
Many towns, cities, or villages offer free art galleries or museums. They are privately funded or rely entirely on donations. But either way, they are free to get in, and even if this doesn't sound like your thing, give it a try. I was never a fan of art galleries until I visited one recently. Now I look for them everywhere. A quick online search of free museums or art galleries in your area will tell you everything you need to know.
Box Set Binges
Always a popular choice, especially if it is raining. Get your favorite films or series and watch until you can watch no more! Make meals or snacks with whatever might be in the cupboards and just have a total couch day.
A Nice Walk
Don't laugh too hard, believe it or not, a walk can be really nice and peaceful. You get some exercise, you get to spend time with the people you care about and you get to reconnect with nature. Walking is free and fun, and if you have kids, I would recommend placing a phone ban on the entire journey. I was on a walk in the place pictured above recently and there was a teenage girl playing games on her phone!
Make a picnic from whatever might be in the house and take it somewhere peaceful and eat it. Unless you have them on a regular basis, you tend to forget what fun picnics can be. They can be really serene and beautiful as long as you don't get ants on your food. I never picnic on the floor though, I always find something like a tree stump. Just take proper food safety precautions when packing things like mayonnaise and fish, it doesn't take long for either of them to turn bad. I learned this the hard way after spending four days in the hospital after eating potato salad that tasted fine, but wasn't.
As long as you have the ingredients in the house, bake or cook whatever you can, whether you eat it, freeze it, or donate it - just make it. Batch cooking food is a great way to save money and it also stops you from getting takeaways because you can't be bothered to cook anything (we've all been there).
Get your list ticked off.
This is the least fun one, but the weekend will give you the chance to do the jobs you have been meaning to do. It might not be wild, but at least it is practical.
Fun can be free!
You don't have to spend loads of money if you want to have fun. In fact, some of the best days I have had haven't cost me a penny! Just get creative and think about free things that you would like to do and I am sure that you will find some good ideas.