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31 Free or Cheap Activities You Can Do This Summer For Fun

There are often times in our lives when we have to watch the pennies and feel the pinch in our wallets. Here are 31 free or cheap activities you can do this summer for fun:

 

  1. Do a Youtube meditation, or take an online kick-boxing, dance or yoga class
  2. Read a book (or several) – borrow one from a friend or a library
  3. Take a walk somewhere new – we often fail to take the time to explore places in or near our own neighbourhoods
  4. Check out free museums or galleries in your local area – most places in the UK have free or very cheap galleries or museums.
  5. Host a potluck boardgames evening – get guests to each bring a dish and a boardgame.
  6. Hula hoop or play ball games in the park
  7. Have a movie night – find a friend who will let you use their Netflix account or pick up a DVD from a charity shop and get some popping corn for around £1 to make your own popcorn in a pan on the stove.
  8. Learn a language on Duolingo – impress your friends with your skills!
  9. Invite a friend round for a catch up – you just need some refreshments to keep them well-fed and watered.
  10. Listen to an audio book or some upbeat music whilst you clean your house – kill two birds with one stone!
  11. Do a Parkrun and meet new people.
  12. Make a movie or music video with friends – dress up and wear silly outfits and put on ridiculous accents.
  13. Host a potluck murder mystery night – you can get a free murder mystery set and get guests to each bring a dish.
  14. Take a bubble bath – listen to some music whilst you relax those cares away!
  15. Try Geocaching – go on a treasure hunt and explore the wonders of Geocaching
  16. Have a picnic or a BBQ – raid your cupboards and see what you can make and take with what you already have!
  17. Write a song – if you are musical and think you don’t mind the silliness.
  18. Go for a swim (local public pools can be relatively cheap)
  19. Draw or paint a picture (if you already have art equipment) or make home-made greetings cards.
  20. Play an online computer game.
  21. Play at an open mic night – if you have talent!
  22. Write letters to friends you haven’t see for a while (as you’d only have to pay for the postage stamps!)
  23. Make a coffee at home, put it in a travel cup and go sit somewhere beautiful to enjoy the outdoors whilst sipping your drink.
  24. Go for a bike ride – feel the rush of the breeze against your face.
  25. Go to a Pride parade – even if you aren’t LGBTQ, these are still fun.
  26. Write a bucket list of 50 things you want to experience in your lifetime or a “Be, Do, Have list”– then close your eyes, daydream about what it would be like, and then set to work working out which 3 you’d want to do first! Then make a plan of how you can do them!
  27. Go to a free open house day at your local gym or have a free ‘trial gym day’.
  28. Go to a a free talk, poetry reading, book launch or any other free literary events – Eventbrite often have some advertised.
  29. Go stargazing – take your blanket and lie down somewhere where you can easily look at the stars.
  30. Call or Skype that person you are always meaning to ring but never find the time – show them you care.
  31. Bake bread, cakes, pancakes or muffins and have a lazy jazz breakfast.

How to make a capsule wardrobe!

I recently created a capsule wardrobe. “What is a capsule wardrobe?”, I hear you cry! Well, simply put, it is a wardrobe of relatively few items that all (or mostly) go well together. You should have lots of neutral colours like black, grey, white and creams. Then you need to work out a few colours that will be your accent colours. Pick colours that suit you. (If you aren’t sure, Colour Me Beautiful is a good place to start.) I discovered that my colours are bright red, purple, peacock blue and turquoise-green. These became the accent colours for my capsule wardrobe.

What are the pros and cons of creating a capsule wardrobe?

Well, the pros are that you are meant to reduce your wardrobe to a much smaller, more manageable size (say 30-50 pieces, not including underwear, PJs and socks) which can be very hard for some people. However the benefits are three-fold: firstly, you do not need as much space to hang your clothes so it is great for students and travellers. Secondly, having less clothes means taking less time to decide what to wear in the morning, which means you get more time in bed. Thirdly, because nearly all the outfit pieces go with each other, you have many more combinations than you would expect from so few items!

How long does it take to create? How do I do it?

Anything from three days to three years. You can start the process by dividing your entire load of clothes into three piles: keep, donate, recycle. Keep only those that you absolutely wear and that fit you well. You will want to donate those items that no longer fit, that you never have a chance to wear or that don’t make your heart sing. Then you will want to recycle those items that have been a little too well-loved and are worn out. Try to get your wardrobe down to under 50 items. This could take you a day or a week to do. Only you will know!

Once you have done this, sort through and put away the items that are neutral colours:  black, grey, white and creams. Then you will be left with the colours that are your current accent colours. See if you still like these and try to get these colours down to just two to five colours.

The last step is to create a list of what is missing. You might have given away your only pair of shorts. Or you might not have enough underwear. Whatever it is, write it down on a list and then go shopping. Only buy what is on the list!!! (This is important!)

 

Changing habits

The most important part of creating a capsule wardrobe is that you are becoming a minimalist. This means you should aim to not just buy whatever, whenever you seen it. Once you have your capsule wardrobe, enforce the ‘one in, one out’ rule. If you buy something already have in mind what you will donate from your wardrobe in exchange. This helps to keep things under wraps and also helps make sure you aren’t breaking your closet every time you try to take out your outfits!