January is a bit of a nothing month. After Christmas people are dieting, saving money and generally staying home because of the bad weather- meaning its a case of getting through it and counting down until spring! But if you have lots on your bucket list for 2018, you might be wondering how you’re going to afford it.
If you’re constantly behind with money it might be time to make a change. You could consider bad credit debt consolidation loan to make your debt cheaper and more manageable, you could use a budgeting tool to ensure your money is being used to its best potential or you could start a savings account. However even if things are fine financially, the warmer months can be expensive as we all want to get out and make the most of the weather, so it makes sense to have a selection of frugal activities to keep the family busy. Here are some ideas!
You don’t have to spend thousands to jet off to a sunny country to enjoy the beach, here in the UK when the weather is nice we have some wonderful beaches to enjoy. Pack up the car with some towels, your swimsuits, a picnic and some beach inflatables and drive down to your nearest coastline, it’s a fun day out that won’t cost much at all. You could buy some fish and chips and ice cream, and the kids could spend their pocket money at penny arcades and buying sticks of rock for their friends!
A Hike or Bike Ride
A bike ride is a great way to get active once the weather warms up again, have a look on the map and check out trails local to you. Again you could pack a picnic and make a day of it, or stop in a cute cafe or tea room for a little pick-me-up midday. You could take some photos or just enjoy the scenery. If bikes aren’t practical then lace up your hiking boots and go for a walk instead, you could even bring your dog along. Check out meadows, woods, rivers and more.
A Road Trip
One cheap and cheerful family vacation is a road trip in a camper van. You can hire these quite cheaply and then have transport and accomodation in one. You could take a few days out and explore places you’ve always wanted to visit- it’s fun and novel and a bit like camping but slightly more comfortable than a tent!
Parks and Gardens
Here in the UK we have the National Trust parks which keep places of beauty and historical interest pristine. You can enter for around £10 per adult or purchase a family or annual ticket giving you access to all of the locations. There are stunning grounds usually complete with a historical house that you can explore. You could bring a disposable barbeque and have an alfresco lunch, play games in the grounds or take photos of all of the interesting areas. Another cheap, fun day out for all the family.