“Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not ‘yours,’ not personal. They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. Nothing that comes and goes is you.” ~Eckhart Tolle
Isn’t that a fascinating quote? For some of us, being stuck at home sounds limiting or boring. For others, it’s the dream. (Hello introverts!)
Regardless of your feelings on the topic, it’s nearly always a great way to save money.
Make a plan to stay home for a weekend, but have some ideas in mind. Keep yourself busy with other things so you don’t find yourself online filling a digital shopping cart.
In today’s episode of the Secure Your Savings and Find Peace in the New Year series, we’re talking about one of the top ways to save money: Stay Home.
Any time you can ditch a costly trip to the store or out for entertainment, stick the savings into your emergency fund or sinking fund. And don’t say you don’t have the money for it, because you know good and well you would have found the money to out for pizza with your pals. Wink, wink.
Staying home doesn’t have to mean sulking in the corner while you watch your friends have fun on social media. Try out one of these ideas instead.
15 Free Things to Do When You’re Stuck at Home
Board games, card games, hide and seek, etc. Home alone? Facetime your Mom and play checkers with her. (She’ll love it!)
(Or cook) using only ingredients on hand. Have a contest with someone or give away cookies on Monday.
Find a Hobby
Take up a new hobby or reconnect with an old one. Play instruments, sewing, build with Legos, etc.
Make a Phone Call
I understand those little app and text machines still make calls, too! Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Build a fort and watch movies. Or cozy up on the couch with a blanket and some tea and binge watch your favorite show.
Take a Nap
Clean a Closet
I love the feeling of accomplishment when I finally tackle a task I’d put off for too long! Don’t toss everything, though. We’ll be talking resale in a few days. 😉
Finish a Project
Same. I can’t be the only one with half finished projects lying around. You already have the supplies you need to do the task. Now’s a great time to finish it! You’ll love the feeling of one less thing hanging over your head.
Dream (With Your Eyes Open)
Write up a plan to start that side job or business you’ve always wanted to try. Plan your dream vacation or put together a poster of the kitchen remodel you’d love to do.
Compete with family members or friends to come up with the best new invention. Make it silly and fun.
Do a random acts of kindness scavenger hunt.
Write up SMART goals for the year. (I’m a huge fan of this!)
Write an old fashioned letter. (If you don’t have stamps, you can mail it on Monday.)
Do yoga or exercise videos from Youtube. You’ll love Yoga with Adriene!
Teach your kids to cook supper, do laundry, or other ways they can help out around the house. Or make it more fun and teach them the things you loved to do when you were their age.
Take These Steps:
- Find hobbies and activities that make it easier to stay home.
- Bank any money you would have spent on going out.
Sometimes, being stuck at home isn’t as bad as it sounds.
Go ahead…embrace your inner introvert!
What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re stuck at home?