Ten Activities On A Budget For Cold Wintry Days
February 20, 2016
Hey everyone, it’s Inge here! I’m Renée’s sister, and I am taking over The Blog for this week. As some of you may know, Renée is not a winter lover -she tolerates these months at best! I on the other hand can appreciate the winter months a little bit more, so I present to you my favourite 10 activities to do on winter days and nights that are still budget-friendly!
Game night with your pals:
Approximate price range: FREE (but of course you’ll need snacks and wine, so let’s say no more than $20)
There is something completely enticing about healthy competition that gives me so much joy (if you know me at all it is a time when the not so kind Inge comes out). It’s definitely the witty banter between friends or even strangers that brings a smile to my face during competitive board games. And, you cannot forget the sweet feeling of victory when you win.
Small venue concerts:
Approximate price range: $15-$45 (maybe even free if the venue is small!)
Now, this may be a little bit on the pricier end of ‘budget friendly’, BUT there are great small venue concerts for super cheap where undiscovered artists thrive. Small venues are a must because you may get lucky and meet the artist after the show, and better yet maybe even join them for an after party! You never know, next week they could be a world-renowned superstar and now you are basically friends!
Check out Jeremy Loops, a great musician I met after his small venue gig at Adelaide Hall in Toronto.
Prepare a home cooked meal:
Approximate price range: $10-$50 (depending on the amount of people & amount of drinks!)
Mmm, home cooking is soooo good, especially in the wintertime. Make a lovely, hearty meal at home and invite friends over, or better yet host a potluck! We Canadians need that extra layer of body fat to keep us warm during hibernation so why not do it with all of your friends. Eat until you are in a wonderful food coma, we all deserve to indulge once in a while.
Check out this hearty grown up mac ‘n cheese recipe!
Get outside into The Great White Outdoors:
Approximate price range: FREE (unless you need to rent equipment, if so factor in $10)
Seek inspiration from nature. There is nothing like borrowing a pair of cross country skis or snowshoes and delving into the great outdoors for some essential Vitamin D on cold wintry days in November, December, January, February, March… my gosh winter is long, BUT WE LOVE IT, right? Another fun activity is to lace up your skates at an outdoor rink with twinkly lights and music playing! Romance, anyone? If skating and skiing are not your jam, grab a toboggan and slide your butt down a hill! FUN!
Staycation! Stay in & pretend you are on vacation:
Approximate price range: FREE (assuming that you have tea and a bath bomb at home. If not, $6-$10 will do)
Pour a glass of red wine or a pot of your favourite tea and draw up a nice hot bath. Lose yourself in your thoughts – close your eyes and RELAX. Imagine lying on a beach soaking up the warm rays of sunshine in Turks and Caicos. Oh, how I wish I had the finances to escape to paradise but unfortunately, like many other twenty something’s of our generation, student debt gets in the way of traveling dreams. But keep repeating to yourself, “someday, someday” because there is nothing richer than travel.
Exercise, move, breathe:
Approximate price range: FREE (unless you are hitting the gym, then a gym memby is necessary! $15-50/month or ask for a free trial pass!)
Whether it’s going outside for a winter run with the crisp, cool air replacing the stale air from your lungs or staying inside for a session of home yoga, moving will make you feel SO GOOD! Something that I love is to invite some friends over or meet at the gym for circuit training that ends with a grocery store run for treats or a cuddle-and-movie-marathon on the couch (hopefully you’re able to get your sweat on before any procrastination takes over!)
If yoga is your choice, try out this amazingly relaxing “Love Yourself” yoga class. You will be ready for some serious chill out time by the fire after this!
Read or write:
Approximate price range: FREE (buying a book will cost you $10-$30, but reading is something you can’t put a price on!)
In today’s day and age we find ourselves too often behind a screen, on our phones typing away. I mean, at least our typing skills are on point BUT why not start a journal, write lists, set goals for your immediate or long-term future ON PAPER. Write a letter to a friend across the world. There really is nothing like opening a letter from an old friend and feeling their presence when you are actually miles and miles apart.
If writing isn’t going to keep you occupied, grab a favourite book! Lacking inspiration? Check out this list of 2015’s bestsellers!
Host the dance party of the century:
Approximate price range: $8-$25 (the cost of one or two bottles of wine and Spotify premium!)
One of my favourite pastimes is a stay-at-home dance party! It doesn’t matter whether you are alone dancing around your house to old school sing along tunes or dancing the night away to a great dance playlist at your bffs house. You will have fun! There is nothing like letting loose and generating some serious heat when it is below 20°C outside.
Cozy up in a café for a latté:
Approximate price range: $3-$10
Whether you go there for a caffeinated beverage or a hot cocoa or tea, there is something SO cozy about sitting in a warm café while the wind howls outside! Grab the newspaper, ditch your phone and fill out the crossword or daydream your hours away. Chill and get lost in the gezelligheid (an all-encompassing Dutch word for coziness -more on that later!)
Teach yourself a new skill:
Approximate price range: FREE (if you prefer not to browse online or ask around, books will range from $15-$55 ish)
Have you always wanted to learn to play Chess? Are you amazed by your grandma’s knitting? How about learning about investing your moola, or practicing mindfulness and meditation? Read up on it -the internet is your oyster, and you’ll be wiser!
Thanks everyone for reading this guest post on my sissie’s blog! I hope that you enjoyed it and I hope you take some inspiration from it for those cold, dark days of winter. I hope to be back to share some more with you soon!