If like many mothers, you’re in charge of the household finances, spending even a single penny on your own enjoyment can be enough to trigger pangs of guilt. When making sure every penny counts, the notion of dipping into the pot to do something for yourself might even seem self-indulgent.
However, mothers deserve the right to treat themselves and enjoy some personal time, especially given the huge amount of stress and exhaustion which defines our daily regimen. If you’re crying out for something fun, you can always do so without having to stress about spending.
There are countless ways to engage your hobbies and leisure activities without dipping into the trust funds. Here are the best ways to enjoy a little me time without spending a penny.
Chances are that wherever you may be living right now, there are countless free activities available for you take part in on your downtime, activities that are fun, stimulating, and social. A quick Google search will quickly reveal activities such as free yoga classes, free painting sessions, free music festivals, and free dating events, which often take place in public buildings or are organized by charities or authorities. The best resources for free activities include national tourist websites, community calendars, and local university websites.
Of course, you can always relax and unwind without leaving the house by playing a few games. While console games might be a little out of your price league, you can always play online games such as bingo, poker, blackjack, and slots completely for free. This works via the bonus system offered by many iGaming platforms, which allow new users to enjoy a certain amount of free games in exchange for their membership, whilst still playing for real money. Bonus Source is a great resource for finding bonuses; the main review site here shows you all of the ways you can play online games for free in the UK.
When was the last time you stepped out with your girls to a nice restaurant and spent the afternoon sipping white wine and enjoying some real food? If you can’t actually remember, it’s time to make a reservation. Rather than dropping a ton of cash on a meal out, you can play the system and eat for free. You can sign-up with companies such as Mystery Visiting and go to a restaurant as a ‘mystery diner’ where your meal will be paid for in exchange for you providing feedback. You can also use rewards apps such as O2 to collect regular free vouchers for chain outlets such as KFC, Nandos, Wagamamas, and Zizzi.
If all you want right now is to take the afternoon off and indulge in a little retail therapy, there are ways to do so without actually spending any money. We’re talking, of course, about survey vouchers. UK sites such as Survey Friends and Opinion World will give you free vouchers for retailers such as Amazon, Marks & Spencers, Debenhams, and Selfridges in exchange for you completing a few surveys to help out with a company’s marketing plan. The surveys never take very long, and you’ll often have the vouchers emailed to you immediately upon completion.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the finer things in life without having to feel like you’re diverting money and resources from more pressing causes. Try these out today for some truly guilt-free fun.