We know we aren’t the only ones that find January tough financially, you get paid early to help with Christmas and then its a long four weeks until the next payday rolls around. After splurging on Christmas presents, that New Year’s Eve dress and some irresistible sales spending, January blues are deepened by lack of cash.
To help with the January wallet blues we have put together our top tips for Surviving the financial aftermath of the festive season…
Challenge yourself with making food only from what’s in your cupboards. Ever seen Masterchef? We like to set ourselves an invention challenge and get inventive with all the things that have been lurking in our cupboards. Worst case scenario we usually have tins of various beans, chickpeas, chopped tomatoes and soya mince, perfect ingredients to make a huge chilli that will keep you going for days. Mix things up by having it with rice, pasta, on a jacket potato, as a burrito…
(Sweetcorn chowder made entirely from cupboard ingredients… recipe to follow)
Dry January. Good for detoxing if you have overindulged over the festive period but also good for saving money – the odd bottle of wine (or gin…) all adds up! Check out these healthy mocktails to keep you on the wagon or just drink more tea!
Finish projects you haven’t gotten around to. Make the most of the dark evenings/cold wet weekends to finally finish those projects you’ve been putting off. Kate’s had a skirt pattern cut out and waiting to be sewn for months and Becca has too many unfinished projects to count alongside lots of finishing touches to put on her house.
Games nights with friends. Christmas may be over but you don’t have to put the games away! Invite your broke friends over for some games nights, one of our friends got us playing Drawful – we are totally addicted! This is much cheaper than popping out for dinner or to the local for a g&t!
Get moving! Kickstarting your fitness regime doesn’t have to cost anything, we love clearing the cobwebs away with an evening run or if you cant face the winter weather start a home yoga practice. We love Ali Kamenova’s selection of yoga classes on youtube..
Pamper yourself! Did you get lots of lovely toiletries for Christmas? Don’t just put them away in a cupboard, indulge yourself now! You could even make your own pampering products like these DIY sugar scrubs we made last year!
Read. This is the perfect time to catch up on some reading, stop ignoring those books that have been sitting on your bedside table for months. In fact settle into that nice bubble bath we talked about above with one of your books!
Have a clear out. Why not sort through your cupboards and wardrobes, eBay all those items you don’t want… we can’t guarantee they will sell though – everyone else is broke too! Or if you are feeling charitable drop your unwanted bits to your local charity shop. .
Go for a walk. Wrap up warm, pop your wellies on and go for a nice country walk. Do it alone or with friends, either way walking is a great way to get you moving and back in touch with nature! Find walks local to you here!
So there are our top tips for making it through January! We would love to hear your ideas of what you do when you have an empty purse and time on your hands!
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