Even the strictest of budgets should contain at least a small pot of money set aside for entertainment and doing things that you enjoy. Sometimes called “fun money”, this helps to make it easier to stick to your budget in the long term.
No matter how much you have to spend though, there are always steps you can take to spend a little less and still have fun.
Take Advantage of Offers and Promotions
If you have decided to go out for a meal or take part in some sort of leisure activity, there are often ways that you can bring the cost of this down. Many restaurants offer discounts for diners who eat at certain times of the day, or on quieter days of the week like Monday to Thursday.
Some also offer discount vouchers that can be downloaded from their website or accessed through their app. One of these is Sizzling Pubs which offers a £5 discount to customers who sign up to its newsletter.
If you enjoy playing casino games, then you can take advantage of the plethora of sign up and first deposit bonuses offered by most brands. One example of this is Mobile Wins, which currently offers a 100% deposit bonus and 360 free spins to new players.
Ditch Your Expensive TV Subscription
Having a Sky, Virgin, or BT TV subscription can be very expensive. To have Sky TV, Sports, and its Cinema HD package, you’ll pay more than £600 per year.
Switching to an over the top (OTT) streaming service like Netflix could save you a significant amount. The most expensive Netflix subscription, which includes 4K streaming, no ads and the ability to watch on four devices at a time costs less than £145 per year.
If you’re really strapped for cash, then you could take advantage of the free trials from other services like Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video. Alternatively, you could stream all the free content you want from YouTube.
Host a Dinner Party
If eating out is still too expensive even with promotions, then why not host a dinner party at home. You don’t have to be a master chef either, meal kits are available from most supermarkets and can also be ordered from companies like Gousto.
These give you everything you need to rustle up a tasty dish with little effort. Usually, all the ingredients are measured out for you and there are simple step-by-step instructions to follow.
Invited friends for dinner means you can have all the fun but with much less of the cost.