26 Fun Things to Do When on a Budget

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This month I have to pay my car insurance (6 months worth) & the registration for my car so I’m on a pretty tight budget. Rather than dwelling on it I wanted to make a list of all the fun cheap or free things to do while I’m saving money. Plus it helps me from stressing the F out. I think it is really important to find time as an adult to HAVE FUN! The work grind can be pretty taxing especially if you feel like you aren’t getting paid enough so it is important to maintain your self care so you don’t burn out. What do you do when you are on a budget but still want to go out and have a good time?

  1. Get Culture Passes (In AZ there is a program where if you get a library card at any PHX Library you can “rent” passes for free for a ton of different things i.e. Science Centers, Museums, Japanese Friendship Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, & much more -check your local library to see if they offer something similar)
  2. Picnic in the park w/ Frisbee & other sports + bringing your pup & putting them on a lead that digs into the ground. Looks like this!
  3. Home movie marathon- get set up with popcorn, homemade snacks, & your favorite beverage
  4. Video Games (my bf & I’s favorites are Worms & Halo for the Xbox 360- yes I know, I’m outdated)
  5. Board & Card Games (Cards Against Humanity, Clue, Monopoly, Yahtzee, Pass the Pigs, etc)
  6. Pool day + BBQ (we buy meat in bulk to freeze for days like this & you save a ton of money)
  7. Truth or Dare Phone App w/ friends + adult drinks 😉
  8. Find art festivals or free events to wander around (dtphx.org is great for finding events & I’m sure most cities have similar sites to post events on)
  9. Go hiking or camping
  10. Paint & Wine Night
  11. DIY project
  12. Take Buzzfeed quizzes but take turns with your partner & compare results!
  13. Take personality tests w/ your partner or a friend to get to know each other better (myers-briggs, Enneagram, Love Language, etc)
  14. Do a puzzle
  15. Print out some adult coloring sheets
  16. Go rollerblading, biking, or skateboarding
  17. Read a book or a magazine
  18. Find a new hobby to learn or perfect an old hobby
  19. Knit or sew something
  20. Check out volunteermatch.org to find a volunteer opportunity to give back to your community (soup kitchen, animal shelter, assisting the elderly w/ getting groceries, etc)
  21. Watch an episode of Jeopardy w/ a friend & actively participate to try to win!
  22. Go to a local lake or pond (paddle board & kayak rentals are pretty cheap-you can even find groupons for them too!)
  23. Treat yourself to an at home spa day w/ products you already have or make your own! (Pinterest is great for finding homemade spa item recipes)
  24. Take your camera out and pretend to be a photographer for a day & see if you can capture any cool moments
  25. Find a scavenger hunt online & do it around your city
  26. Find a local coffee shop that offers live music & grab a cup of joe

Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash

 

 

After Work Yoga Flow

I’ve been trying to do more yoga regularly versus one day a week. I realized that I really enjoy doing yoga right after work to let go of everything that happened in the day to help me wind down. It is especially nice to do in the evenings to prevent soreness the next day from my lunch workout. So roll out your mat, be kind to yourself, and STRETCH but don’t forget to breathe! 😉 If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!

Signs of Caffeine Withdrawal + Alternatives to Coffee

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Do you get really bad headaches in the morning or late afternoons and the only way to cure them is to drink some coffee or a caffeinated drink? What about feeling extremely grumpy before your first cup of joe? You might be experiencing caffeine withdrawals and these are only a few of the symptoms. Caffeine withdrawal can happen when you stop drinking caffeine abruptly or when you “crash” from the caffeine you previously drank (this can happen if you have 3+ caffeinated drinks per day).

Symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Decreased Mood
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Tremors

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Light & Easy Salad Dressing (Only 7 ingredients!)

I love light salad dressings in the summer they are very refreshing and healthy! This IMG_9768little gem of a recipe was passed down to me from my mother and it is the only salad dressing that I never get sick of the taste. You can put it in a blender bottle (shaker bottle) to mix everything up or a mason jar. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil (you can’t substitute olive oil, it is too thick for the dressing)
  • 1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1-2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp minced fresh Oregano OR 1/2 tsp dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp minced fresh Basil OR 1/4 tsp dried Basil
  • 1/2 tsp minced fresh Parsley OR 1/4 tsp dried Parsley

Shake it all up and store it in the fridge. It tastes the best when you are able to leave it overnight in the fridge prior to serving it to allow all the herbs to release their flavor as well as the garlic.  This salad dressing also works really well as a “dip” for raw veggies. See below for nutritional information & health benefits.

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26 of My Favorite Healthy Snacks

I don’t know about you but I am definitely way more of a snacker than I am a meal avocadoeater. I suffer from chronic nausea and no appetite so I really have to listen to my body on a day to day basis in order to feel my best. During the work week I usually never have enough time to sit down and eat an actual meal so here are some of my favorite healthy snacks. Most of them are also nutrient dense but there is the occasional “healthy junk food” thrown into the mix.

Favorite Healthy Snacks:

  1. Corn tortilla chips + homemade guacamole
  2. Bell pepper, cheese, mustard & lunch meat roll up (any vinaigrette dressing works great for this too if you aren’t a mustard person)

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    Deli Meat Roll Up
  3. Yogurt w/ ground flaxseed (tastes great with key lime yogurt, makes it taste like the graham cracker crust from a key lime pie)
  4. Avocado toast (seasoned w/ salt & pepper)
  5. Babybel cheese + pretzels & peanut butter or mustard (fewer calories)
  6. Apple or Celery w/ peanut butter
  7. 97% Fat Free Popcorn w/ lime juice & salt or a salt & vinegar seasoning salt
  8. Cracker topped with brie cheese, apple or pear, & prosciutto *My favorite savory snack!*
  9. Bagel, cream cheese, + smoked salmon (aka lox)
  10. Edamame
  11. Miso Soup
  12. Sardines & crackers or Canned Smoked Oysters (good for an occasional salty snack but watch out for the sodium levels!)
  13. Protein shake- blend banana, peanut butter, chocolate almond milk, & protein powder in a blender, add ice if you want more of a “milkshake” texture.
  14. Watermelon
  15. Grapes, cheddar cheese cubes, & chicken or pork chop (leftovers from the night before eaten cold are the best and most flavorful!)
  16. Cantaloupe & cottage cheese
  17. Hummus & veggies (click here for a hummus recipe)
  18. 5 ingredient peanut butter protein balls (2/3 c peanut butter, ½ c chocolate chips, 1 c oats, ½ c flax seed, & 2 tbsp honey- mix all ingredients together, form 1 inch balls, and chill in the fridge * I  posted the recipe as is but I prefer to use less than ½ c chocolate chips)
  19. Fiesta Chicken Bowl (as seen on my Instagram- avocado, seasoned chicken, brown rice, black beans, avocado, & fresh lime)

    Fiesta Bowl!
    Fiesta Chicken Bowl
  20. Trader Joe’s frozen chocolate dipped banana slices
  21. Turkey, laughing cow cheese (swiss), bell peppers, & celery- make a roll up!
  22. Green smoothie (frozen fruit, frozen spinach, & 1 cup of OJ)
  23. Triscuits w/ cheese
  24. California Roll (yeah, I know it is considered a meal BUT the nutrition fits into the snack category b/c it is less than 300 calories for a 6-8 piece roll)
  25. Beef Jerky (great for after the gym when you need some protein)
  26. Hard Boiled Egg (sometimes deviled eggs when I’m have a craving)

Comment below to tell me your favorite healthy snacks, I am always looking for new ideas!