We’re all looking at ways to cut back, life can get expensive after all, so what if we said you could get some fun things… for free?
10. Get some ‘you time’
Get some fun ‘you time’ in, with a laptop and some online games. There are tonnes of sites out there to choose from whether you enjoy basic puzzle games, exciting shooters or shouting out on Mecca Bingo – plus if you put down £10 you can play with a free £50! Free virtual money? We’re in!
- Get a cut
Colleges up and down the country have lots of young men and women training to be hairdressers who need real life models to test their skills out on. If you’re feeling brave then look out for the next free hair cut event and head on down, just keep in mind that they will be a little adventurous, your haircut will go towards their final grade so needs to look like a radical transformation!
- Get some exercise
Exercise is free after all, so put on your trainers and head outside for a brisk walk. You’ll get satisfaction, fun and increased fitness from it. That’s three things. You could also look into trial days at gyms in your town – especially those that have a spa and pool – sign up for a one day trial, do some exercise and then relax in the Jacuzzi!
- Get coupons
Yes, you might have had to spend money to get coupons, stamps on a card or a money off voucher but why not save all these money off or free items and use them on the same day? Free coffee at your favourite café for buying six cups, 70p off an 80p can of drink at Tesco and if you’re a student flash that University ID card and get free food at McDonalds.
- Get caffeinated
Head to your local Waitrose to pick up some odds and ends and while you’re there you’re entitled to a free hot cup of tea or coffee. Free cuppa, need we say anymore?
- Get organised
Get an overwhelming sense of achievement, after taking an hour or so to arrange your wardrobe by colour or clear out your utensil drawer.
- Get returning
Whilst you’re organising that wardrobe, have a clear out at the same time and take any clothes you’ve recently bought with their tags still on back to the shop to get a return. Most stores will give you money back or a credit note, so you can get something you actually want or need rather than have that dress just hanging around in the wardrobe, never to be worn. Of course we don’t condone wearing an item and then returning it, that’s called return fraud guys.
- Get altering
Still on the theme of clothes, if you have a sewing machine and time on your hands you can alter any clothes that are too big, too long, missing buttons etc. for free – rather than paying for expensive tailoring. The UK size chart system is out of date, which means that our clothes don’t quite fit right usually, so if there is anything hanging in your wardrobe which you can’t wear due to its size, amend it yourself and get a whole new outfit for free.
- Get lucky
Have you rooted at the back of your cupboard lately for those tins that you know are there, but aren’t completely sure what they are? Well then, get rummaging and encourage your friends to do the same, then rustle up dishes using the ingredients you find and invite everyone round to try each others creations. It’s the perfect excuse for ‘free’ food, socialising and fun.
- Get a furry friend
No we’re not saying go out to your local field and take a hedgehog home – although they are very cute – nowadays with everyone working longer hours you can look after someone’s pet for free or foster a dog who is waiting to be rehomed. Fostering will require you to be patient, capable of training dogs basic skills and have plenty of time on your hands to show lots of affection to an animal which might not have had the best start in life.
Try some of these fun ideas out and see what you can get in return!
Disclosure: This is a guest post for Debbie Fletcher