Chapter 6 - Fun

Frugal Living: The Wrong Way

Frugal Living: The Right Way

Location

Finding a free space to host your party shouldn’t be too difficult. Homes make cosy settings, or you could reserve a room at a restaurant. Sometimes, that’ll open up cheaper food and drink options, if the restaurant provides a party package deal.

Theme & Decorations

Whether at home or away, focus your decorations around a simple theme, such as a single colour. That way, common items you already have on-hand can be transformed into decorations because they “match.”

invitations

You could make your own invitations, or if you aren’t craft-savvy, spread the word in person, by phone or with an e-vite.

Food

For a casual party among friends, host a potluck. Everyone brings a dish to share, and you save money. For a formal dinner party, serve filling, less expensive side dishes like bread and cooked veggies alongside the more costly meats and cheeses. To save even more on food, have your party after the meal and serve your guests hors d'oeuvres.

After spending your workday making money, you don’t have to spend your free time squandering it! We all know the simple pleasures of a good book or game night at home, but when you need to get out of the house, here are a few ways to cut the costs.

JUNE challenge:
free fun

Hopefully your creative juices are flowing with ideas for fun, frugal recreation. Entertainment is the third largest expense for people in the UK. The average household’s recreational spending comes to £232.40 per month.2 This month, get your entertainment budget down to £0.

You can play sports, play cards, read books, sing karaoke, watch a DVD — the possibilities are endless! At the end of the month, put the money you would have spent on leisure into your savings.

free fun: The Wrong Way

free fun: The Right Way

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