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 Video Games (my bf & I’s favorites are Worms & Halo for the Xbox 360- yes I know, I’m outdated)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

Continue reading “Signs of Caffeine Withdrawal + Alternatives to Coffee”

Yoga Flow #2

Song: Say My Name – Odesza

Please comment below if you would like me to type up all the poses I flowed through. Notice that I added a vinyasa between some poses to get my heart rate back up and to keep my body warm. My hamstrings and hips were extremely tight so I like to get sweating so they loosen up. I incorporated a lot of hip openers and hamstring stretches due to being sore from leg day + it helps contradict working a desk job and sitting for long periods of time.