As much as we would all love to be out every night kicking up our heels and doing something fun, money does not grow on trees, so we do have to spend a few nights in our own homes, trying to occupy ourselves. During the summer, this isn’t such a problem, because you can easily sit outside in the garden with a glass of wine, read a book, or simply chill the hell out, however in winter it can be slightly more difficult and, dare I say it, a lot more boring.
Finding ways to occupy yourself without breaking the bank is key to avoiding post-summer boredom, so if you’re struggling for inspiration here’s a few ideas.
Take up a hobby
Something crafty could certainly help pass those dark winter nights, so take up a new hobby and learn something new at the same time. It could be knitting, it could be cross stitch, cookery, cake decorating, Decopatch, card making, clothes making, model kits, basically anything which you’ve always fancied trying. Craft activities are so in fashion right now that you won’t struggle to find materials for a cheap price. I took up crochet last year and enjoyed every second!
Immerse yourself in another world
We know that going to the cinema is like escaping life for a few hours and throwing yourself into a storyline, but the cinema can be expensive, so do it at home instead! Grab some popcorn, a drink, and settle down to watch one of the latest releases in the comfort of your own armchair. Head to one of the branded stores like Tesco for the best deals on the blu ray chart, and you can get cinema quality without having to pay a fortune for the ticket.
Alternatively, grab a good book
There is no better feeling than being totally gripped by a book that you can’t put down; having said that, there is no worse feeling than your book ending when you don’t want it to! Curling up on your sofa with a steaming cup of cocoa of an evening, your book for company, is one of the cheapest and most satisfying ways to wind down during the winter months.
Learn something new
Most colleges and adult education centres have a winter programme of night classes, so if you’re bored, why not sign up to learn something? It doesn’t have to be something you want to do in order to change your life, it can simply be something that’s always interested you, such as jewellery making, learning a new language, or a computer course you’ve always wanted to try your hand at. You’ll meet new people and you’ll learn a new skill.
Filling your time during the winter months is about thinking a little outside the box. If you don’t want to venture out all the time, because of the colder weather, or because of money, especially with the festive season creeping up, then there are many activities you can enjoy without spending a fortune.
How about a dinner party with friends? You could even go down the line of a Come Dine With Me series of food-themed evenings, or simply sitting having a chat with a bottle of wine. If you love computer games, spend a couple of hours every evening indulging yourself, or if you’ve always dreamed of putting pen to paper and writing your own book, why not make the colder months the time you actually start the process?
Winter might not be as light and sunny as the summer months, but that doesn’t make it any less fun if you know how to spend your time.
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