Winter Isn’t Coming: It’s Here!

No need to spend money to have fun this winter! Save money with these 5 tips for low-cost winter activities!

Depending on where you live, the winter months can be brutal. Sub-zero temperatures, slushy sidewalks and something called the polar vortex?! A large swirling vortex of the coldest air in the northern hemisphere?! Yup. This is a real thing. And it probably makes you want to move to Bermuda or take a Caribbean vacation, but those things cost a lot of money. Just because frostbite is waiting outside your front door doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to enjoy yourself for free! There are still plenty of fun things to do in the winter, without spending a penny.

1. Pot Luck Parties

We all have to eat! Try hosting a dinner party or potluck for your friends. The beauty of a potluck is that you don’t have to buy a ton of food and drinks for everyone. Have guests bring an item or two and you’ll end up with plenty of food. Look online to find some easy potluck recipes. Try using a theme like Taco Tuesday, Wing Wednesday or (if you don’t want to have friends) a classic British cuisine night.

Another fun dinner activity is to create your own Food Network-style game, like Chopped or Cutthroat Kitchen! See what kind of meal you can create with the food you already have in the kitchen. Get creative and use fun combinations. (Think fruit and cheese, not SPAM and whatever’s in the back of the fridge.)

2. Board Game Night

It’s dark, cold, and snowing outside. Why go anywhere? Get the fireplace (or fireplace app) burning and enjoy some board games with friends!

Chances are you’ve got a board game or two lying around, and hosting a night of games is entertaining and completely free. Even if you don’t have any games, a deck of cards could provide some much needed entertainment, and only costs a couple dollars. Other fun and free games include Pictionary, Charades and other party games. You could even get creative again and make up your own!

3. Be Creative

If you embrace your imagination you’ll find plenty of things to do. Being creative and using your imagination should not be reserved for kids. Any adult can benefit from thinking outside the box once in a while. Studies even show that being creative can benefit you in areas of life like happiness-level, productivity and open-mindedness.

Try drawing, coloring or painting. Write a short story or read some poetry. Maybe even get nostalgic and try scrapbooking with old photos. There’s nothing wrong with taking a break from your adult responsibilities and stress to feel like a kid again.

4. Movie Marathon

This one’s a no-brainer. Cozy up on the couch and have a movie marathon or binge watch an entire season of your favorite show. If you don’t have cable or movies at home, go to a local library. Most libraries have movies and documentaries you can borrow for free with a library card.

Changing it up can help too. It’s basic science that you can only watch so many consecutive Game of Thrones episodes before you start to get a little weird. Try expanding your perspective with a movie you might not normally watch or documentaries about subjects that are new to you.

5. Win Winter

Staying in can be great, but there’s no reason to shy away from the winter activities offered in your community. Check out your city or town’s websites for events and options like ice-skating, light shows, or recreational sports. Access your inner child and go sledding or make a snow fort. Heck, keep the White Walkers at bay and build yourself an entire Wall. Now you’re using your imagination!

Ultimately, it’s all about embracing winter and making the best of whatever weather you’ve got. So bundle up and go on an adventure!

Any other fun winter activities that we missed? Let us know! And check out the rest of for more money saving tips or to get your better personal loan today!

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