Before we began our budget lifestyle, the weekends were our #1 most wasteful time. Since the hubby and I don’t work most weekends, this was our time to get out and have some fun! By fun, I mean swiping, swiping, and more swiping. Eating out, shopping online, shopping at stores, going out and taking trips to the city (Houston) were our thing. Don’t let it be a beautiful day! We would spend even more lol! When Monday rolled around, our bank cards were literally smoking. I remember the feeling I had checking our bank accounts on Monday mornings. It was so dreadful.
It’s not like we were wiping out our accounts but “wasting money” would be an understatement. I thought we were good since our monthly bills were paid with no problem. This is not okay and a horrible way of thinking. This is a way of thinking that many of us do. When most of us receive an increase in our pay, we increase our lifestyle. Click To Tweet THIS IS SOOOO WRONG!!
When the hubby and I sat down to do our budget, all of the weekend spending had to STOP. With that being said, I’m definitely not about to sit in the house and stare at the walls. Life is too short and memories are easily made. I started to think how I could save money on the weekends and still have fun. Here’s what I came up with.
- Make plans: Plan your weekend during the week. I start planning my weekends on Thursday. By the time the weekend arrives, I already know exactly what I’m doing. This could include: spending time with family members outside of your home, working out, reading a good book, exploring nature or even working on your side hustle. If spending money is on your list, ie datenight, then plan and budget for that as well. I love to over-plan which allows me to have extra options. You also need to check the weather during the week if you are making outdoor plans. Always have backup plans if mother-nature isn’t going to be nice that weekend. You can read about some small changes that I’ve made specifically here as I did a recap of one of my weekends.
- Check Your City/Town for free or Cheap Events: I am from a smaller city and there is always something going on, especially if you have children. During the week, I check out Facebook and a few websites that our city post events to. Some events may be fun for the entire family or just me. I print or write down anything that the family and I may want to attend. I especially take notice of the time of the events and incorporate that with my plans already made from the first bullet. You will then develop a schedule and may need to move things around.
- I have been mentioning family a lot in this article but maybe you are single and just want to hang out. Invite a few friends over to the house and hang out. Your options are endless and can include: backyard cookout, Netflix marathon, games, book club ect…. You can also check out meetup groups if you want to make new friends. Check out the location of the meetup. Do research if you aren’t familiar with it. Set a budget for it. If the location is too expensive, don’t go and find something else to do.
- Meal Prep and Cook at Home: Plan your meals according, just as you do during the week. Before, I would always meal plan (to stay healthy, not to save money) only on weekdays. On weekends, I would never cook and always found myself in someone’s restaurant. Later, I would be mad at myself for eating such crap when I worked so hard during the week. The same thing goes for saving money. If you meal prep and cook during the week, do it for the weekend! You will get the same results! Saving money and eating healthy is my goal, so it’s a win win. Around Thursday, I plan what the family and I are going to eat. If we are going somewhere, I add it in our budget or set a certain limit.
There’s basically one huge take away from all of this. PLAN, RESEARCH AND BUDGET! If you already have your weekend planned, there is little room to go wrong. Yes, your plans might change or you might have to adjust, but that’s okay. Make this as simple as possible. Invest in a good planner, if you don’t have one. My planner is my guide to not spending and staying on track. You see, it’s not hard at all to save money on the weekends and still have fun. Comment below on some of the things you do to keep your coins in your pocketbook.