If you’re wondering what to do with yourself this weekend, we've thought of 5 fun ideas that are perfect whatever the weather.
Pretend you’re a tourist
Pretending to be a tourist is a fun and very cheap way to spend a weekend. You’ll be surprised at all of the museums, parks, historic monuments and curiosities you can discover when you see your home town through the eyes of a tourist. Start planning!
Host a movie marathon
A movie day is the perfect way to de-stress after a long and gruelling week. Get everyone in the household to pick a film and snuggle up for a day of action, romance or comedy. Why not whip up some delicious home-made popcorn as a special extra treat, too?
Rent or borrow a bike
You may already have your own bike, but if not see if you can borrow one from a neighbour or hire one out cheaply. Plan a route and go out with the whole family and explore. Make sure you pack a picnic and take a camera along, too.
Head to a car boot sale
There are some brilliant car boot sales all over the country, and you can find one close to you with just a little research on the internet. You could get some things together to sell, or just pop along for a browse and bargain hunt.
Host a games night
Everyone is pretty skint at this time of year and could do with a bit of cheering up, so why not host a fun games night? Dig out the playing cards and old board games and invite your friends and family over. It’s sure to be a riot!
Do you have any other fun and cheap ideas for the weekend? If so, don’t keep them to yourself. Let us know by commenting below!
February the 14th is a day of love and romance, and for some, a shed load of spending, too. If your bank balance isn’t looking up to an expensive Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together 5 cheap ideas to make your beloved feel like a million dollars.
1. Love tokens
Ok, so we may or may not have stolen this idea from Joey from Friends, but love vouchers are actually a really good idea. Whether you promise to make dinner for a whole week, wash up for a whole month or give foot massages on demand, it’s a great way to do something really nice for your partner.
2. Organise a surprise day out
A surprise day out is really thoughtful, and can be done on a meagre budget. There are lots of places to go for free such as taking a romantic walk in the countryside or visiting a gallery or aquarium.
3. Make breakfast in bed
Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest impact, and breakfast in bed is always going to score you Brownie points. Who knew boiled eggs and soldiers could be so romantic?
4. Prepare a three-course meal
Restaurants can be super expensive on Valentine’s Day (and a tad cheesy) so why not dine in at home? Set yourself a budget and prepare a delicious meal yourself for just a few pounds. If you’re set on going out, find some money saving vouchers and save some cash that way.
5. Buy them a gift they really want
Before you buy a big bouquet of flowers or some over-priced chocolates, think about what your loved one actually really wants. Maybe they’d prefer a manicure or a new CD of their favourite band? Try and do some digging a few weeks before so you don’t waste money unnecessarily.
Do you have any more cheap but romantic ideas for Valentine’s Day? Let us know how you plan on spending the day by commenting below or tweeting us @freebiesworlduk.
January the 31st marks Chinese New Year, a holiday that runs until the 15th of February and is a time full of superstition and tradition. Here are 7 of the most unusual that are thought to get the year off to the best start...
Settle outstanding debts
It’s considered good fortune to start the New Year with all of your debts settled. It’s also strongly discouraged to lend money during this time.
Don’t wear black
Black is considered an inappropriate shade to wear during the holiday. However, red or bright colours are considered to be very lucky.
Don’t wash your hair
Washing the hair is considered to wash away luck, so many try and avoid it where possible.
Avoid using sharp objects
Using sharp objects is avoided on the first day of the New Year. It’s thought to resemble cutting away good fortune and luck.
Give a pair of Mandarin oranges
Oranges are thought to bring prosperity and good luck and are often given in pairs to observe the rule that ‘good things come in pairs’.
Don’t sweep up
Sweeping the home is avoided on the first day of the New Year as it’s thought to send away good luck.
Replace broken crockery
Chipped crockery is replaced before New Year and anything broken is thrown away. Out with the old, and in with the new!
Have any of these superstitions surprised you, or do you think we’ve missed off some really wacky ones? Let us know how you’ll be spending Chinese New Year by commenting below or tweeting us @freebiesworlduk.