If you're like me, and most of your socialising and revelry occurs within the first two weeks after you get paid and the following weeks are mostly spent lounging around in your pyjamas at home wondering if you have enough money in your purse for a bottle of wine from the corner shop, then you know how frankly rubbish it is when you get to your long awaited day off work and realise you have no money left to actually do anything! I have become something on a expert on doing fun things for little/no money thanks to this vicious cycle and so I thought I'd compile a list of Things To Do When You're Flat Broke. Some of these things need a tiny bit of money/pre planning and some need nowt.
Take a really long bubble bath
Camille Saint-Saens' The Carnival of the Animals, The Harry Potter Soundtracks (for a very magical bath), and this 'Coffee Table Jazz' playlist. You can also add in other options like candles, a good book, and a glass of wine for optimum destressing.
Make flavoured syrups
For this one you will need one cup of sugar & one cup of water. That's basically all syrup is. You can fancy it up by adding vanilla, lavender, cinnamon, cardamom pods, rosemary. Basically you can experiment with whatever you have in your cupboard. It's one part syrup to one part water, in a saucepan, heated and stirred until the sugar dissolves/the ingredients infuse flavour into it. You can use the syrup in coffee both hot & iced, but it's great in all sorts of things like on top of ice cream or pancakes, or in cocktails. Once it's cooled your can put it in a glass bottle or jar in the fridge and it keeps for up to one month. It also kinda feels like you're a domestic goddess but really you're just dissolving sugar in water.
Make a blanket fort
Paint your nails all fancy
I've posted here about how to make a dotting tool from an old cork and a pin but if you do have a spare pound or two, Poundland sell lots of nail art supplies that are great! I've gotten brushes, striping tape and gem/stud wheels from there before! They have some lovely glittery topcoats too. Once you have a mini collection built up from a bit here and there every month you can whip out your tools and have sparkly, dotty, colourful nails in no time.
Make bread & soup from scratch.
in this post. My favourite bread recipe is from Great British Bake Off: How To Bake. I am going to post it here for you now because I can't find it online & it's basically the only bread recipe I've found that doesn't put butter, oil or sugar in the bread, which are totally not necessary. I've placed it after a cut because it's kind of long! Happy Cheap Baking!