After spending frivolous amounts of money on holiday shopping and vast quantities of coffee for finals, the break is finally here. You love to break for the holidays, but reality is… its often expensive.
Instead of spending loads of money on entertaining yourself, lets consider some of these cheap and free activities to keep you on your toes during break!
It’s hard to find time during the year with classes and events all day. But now you have tons of free time! Hit up the treadmill, go to a yoga class, lift some weights, or find a running trail in your neighborhood. A little each day can do wonders for your health!
In the mood for a lazy day? Relax with some cocoa and a thrilling book. Take some time to drop by the library. This free resource not only has books but magazines, movies, and TV shows as well.
- Make some money
If you have a job, don’t hesitate to make some money over break! Often holidays are the busiest times for stores and restaurants, and therefore the best opportunities for making some cash. Even without a job, look for neighbors who need their drive shoveled or babysitter for night. A little money here and there can add up!
- Clean out your closet
Not exactly the first thing that comes to your mind, but think about all the hidden gems you’ve forgot about in the back of your closet! Some consignment stores will buy clothes you don’t want, and what you don’t sell you can donate to help someone else.
- Do something new
Do something you have been meaning to do but never got around too. Try painting, teaching yourself an instrument, or even baking. Who knows what kinds of talents you’ve been hiding!
- Meet with old friends
Your back in town, and chances are you have high school friends you haven seen in eons. Grab coffee and hear their disastrously funny stories, and share some of your own!
You would be astounded by what you can make from food around the house. Be creative, look up recipes, surprise your family and make them dinner! If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Work in a soup kitchen, help sort at a thrift store, or sing carols in a retirement home. Bring the holiday spirit to those who need it most!
- Work on your scholarships
Get started on scholarships for next year! School is no small fee, and with all your free time, you can surely spare a few moments to apply for several scholarships.
Don’t worry about blasting your wallet! With these 9 ideas, you will surely be busy with affordable fun this holiday season.