Let’s face it, January is always a bit lean. The Christmas leftovers have run out and you’re actually craving greens. Pay day seems like an age away.
G and I start the new year with a hibernation month and usually explore some inexpensive activities. Here are my suggestions for practically free things to do in January.
- Have a board game night. Invite the neighbours over and get out Scrabble (of course) or a classic like Monopoly. Personally I’m a fan of kids games too and will be playing Boom Boom Balloon (we all need to be silly sometimes).
- Explore your local woodland walks. Make a flask of hot chocolate at home and take a stroll somewhere you haven’t been before. Wrap up warm and work off those holiday chocolates you scoffed!
- Declutter. OK this one isn’t super fun, but we always start our year with a clear out to list on eBay or donate to charity. Our local neighbourhood also has a ‘free shelf’ where you can put or take items. This year it was decorated for Christmas too which was great for community spirit.
- Batch cook. I usually get a cook book or two for Christmas and will spend time in January finding cheap but tasty recipes to try. I am making the most of the slow cooker this time to make some healthy favourites such as this Chilli (I make it with Quorn) and Chicken, Butternut and Quinoa Stew. We use foil trays to freeze meals for migraine days when I can’t cook.
- Enjoy snail mail. I like to write thank you notes in January and use the quiet month to catch up on my correspondence. This blog post has lots of free printables for thank you cards or you can find plenty more on my Printables Pinterest board here.
- Have a film night. We fill our TiVo with tons of films over the holidays so that there is plenty to watch in January. So far we have enjoyed White Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Lego Movie and Singing In The Rain. Netflix also offer a free 30 day trial which is well worth it.
- Learn a new hobby. This month I’m trying my hand at calligraphy after receiving this book as a gift. Why not find something new to try?Crochet is a very cheap skill to learn as you can find hooks and basic yarn for just a few pounds or dollars. I recommend this book or videos on YouTube for tutorials.
What do you like to do in January?