“while away’ is weird phrase, no? I looked it up, so it’s defo spelled correctly.
This post is for when you’re bored and skint. And maybe it’s raining. Ideas that won’t require much skill or research or materials.
But before we get onto that, I just wanted to mention the new Coop cards (I’m guessing this is only UK-wide, but I’m gonna carry on anyway). We’re life-long Tesco fans, but we have a Coop in our town, so it’s where we head for the night-time essentials – booze, cake and fresh bread. I love it, but it runs a little pricier than The Big Tescos.
They’re doing a new thing where you get 5% cashback on any own-brand product and they’ll give 1% to charity. The charities vary from month to month and they use local ones. Either they pick one or you can go online and select one. I’m always dubious about local charities because often they’re not that local or I’ve never heard of them or it’s for things like church rooves, which I’m afraid ISN’T a charity case where I live – in rural North Yorkshire there are a plethora of landed gentry that could afford to buy a new church roof with the money in their back pocket.
The Coop have picked ones like our local school, which I think is great.
BTW I’ve no affiliate link or anything to the Coop (I don’t think they do anything like that anyway), I just thought it was pretty swell. I’d already made £1.51 without being aware of the scheme – you can see how much you’ve earned on the bottom of your receipt and spend it whenever you like. Awesome.
Picture the scene…
It’s raining/you’ve nothing to do/you’re skint. What do you do? It’s always days like this when I’ve got no plans, but I want to do something, that I end up spending money. I decide I want to go shopping (promising myself it’s just window shopping is just asking for trouble) and then out for tea and maybe pop to the cinema…
I’ve compiled a list of activities that you can do NOW with few materials and for under a fiver. Some you could do without leaving your bed (get your mind out of the gutter, you know what I mean). Obviously, some of you will read this list and go ‘I’m not doing ANY of those things, I’d rather eat my own toenail clippings’, but these are things that I personally would choose to do.
1 – Binge-watch a boxset
If you don’t already have Netflix or Amazon Prime, sign up for a 30-day free trial and cancel it before you have to pay. I’d recommend the original BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (the one with a wet Colin Firth in it), Parks & Recreation and Doctor Who. Read this post for more info on having the perfect duvet day.
2 – Hand lettering
Don’t go onto Amazon and buy yourself some fancy schmancy pens. You literally only need a pencil and some paper. If you really get into it, get yourself some pretty pens, but trust me, paper and any kind of writing implement will be FINE. Check out Dawn Nicole’s blog for awesome inspo. Pinterest is also a haven for hand-letterers. This may seem a little random, but I crave beautiful handwriting, and I’m not a great artist but this is a nice way to get creative without needing any boss drawing skills.
3 – Play a game
Download great game onto your phone or tablet. I like Gardens Inc, but you only get a free trial until you have to pay £3.99 HOWEVER there’s also Gardens Inc 2,3 and I think 4, so that should keep you entertained for a good few hours. I also love Scrabble, both IRL and on my iPad. The traditional Candy Crush is also a winner, as well as BRIM (think Temple Run with slightly more going on), Trials Frontier (motorbikes) and Griddlers for those of you that like puzzles. If you are going to spend money on an app game, you cannot beat OTTTD. It. Is. AWESOME. It’s an amazing Tower Defence game that my boyfriend and I freaking love. We go through phases of wasting entire days to it. If you want something similar fo’ free, check out Bloons Tower Defence 3. I only like 3 tbh, not sure why.
Can’t believe I forgot cards. Grab a deck and play rummy.
4 – Do a jigsaw
You can pick up a decent one in a charity shop for a couple of quid. Who cares if it’s a missing a piece or two? If you’re anything like me you’ll never get round to finishing it. Hint: sit on a blanket AND a cushion. Nothing reminds you of your age more than sitting on the floor for long periods of time. I like to get big jigsaws and do them on the laminate flooring and hide them under the rug. It will make the rug *slightly* lethal in terms of slipperiness, but that’s a price I’m willing to pay.
5 – Clean
Finally get round to clearing out your kitchen cupboards, or wash your makeup brushes or one of the other million things you never seem to get round to doing. The hope is that doing one task will spark the desire to do more. It happens rarely, but when it does, it’s great. I like to clean to audiobooks because I’m cool. My faves are Discworld books by Terry Pratchett, BUT I like the abridged ones. Not because they’re abridged (I reeeeally wished they weren’t) but because they’re read by Tony Robinson, who does the voices of the characters perfectly. There are complete versions available but the narrator just isn’t as good. Harry Potter is also good, and you get over 30 hours of audio. You can get a free book here with the Audible free trial. I got it, then cancelled immediately after getting my free download. My mum has the full subscription (£7.99 a month, which includes a free book) and I keep mmm-ing and ah-ing about it, but ultimately I need that £7.99 to buy a house. Nightmare.
So there we go, 5 frugal ways to while away the day. I get that it’s not the most extensive list out there, but we’re pushing 1000 words and I don’t want to take up too much of your time (although I guess you use ‘reading blogs’ as a way to while away a wet Sunday afternoon – if so, be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’.
As always, please leave any thoughts you have in the comments below. But only nice things. Like, don’t be mean. I’m very sensitive (lol, jk). Just your own ideas on saving money or any nice things you have to say about me 😀
PS. I’ve just realised this is going out on Halloween and you might be wondering why I haven’t mentioned it. It’s because here in the UK we don’t really do Halloween, except for between the ages of 16 and 25, when we use it as an excuse to get drunk in a field whilst dressed as a cat.