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5 Things to Do on a Staycation (Without Breaking Your Budget)

My husband and I did a lot of travel last year. This year, although we would have loved to take a short trip or two outside our city, we decided to cut down on this as we have some extra expenditures this year (for one, my husband is pursuing his masters this year).

So what to do when you have a long break from work due to declared non-working holidays? Well, a little bit of creativity will help in making your “staycation” relaxing and interesting. Here are some of the things you can do on a staycation:

1. Catch up on your reading. There is always something interesting to read ๐Ÿ™‚ Reading engages the mind and brings you to places and situations just by the power of words.

Aside from the Bible, I read all kinds of books. My major bias, of course, is reading poetry books. But one book that has recently caught my attention is Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. While this is not a new book, it is something that I have not read ๐Ÿ™‚

While you can purchase your books from shops, don’t forget that not only can you purchase them online but there are also free books including classics which you can access and even download for FREE online. Gutenberg.org is one site where Iย access free books.

ย 2. Watch movies. While you can always drive to the nearest theater to your home, you can always watch movies on cable TV or even through online. For us, we watch movies through cable but one other thing I do is also to check out movies that have been shared on YouTube. Should we decide to watch a movie from YouTube, we just connect my laptop via HDMI cable wire and we have the movie on a much bigger screen ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Of course, if you have a Smart TV then there’s no need for that cable wire ๐Ÿ™‚

Aside from movies, there are TV series which are also available online.

3. Indulge on a hobby or start a new one.ย It’s time to do it: cooking a favorite dish, doing gardening, playing that musical instrument, painting a new scene, writing a poem or a short story. If you have always complained that you never have time to do your hobby or things that interest you, then this is the time to do it.

4. Take time to play.ย Play sports with the family. A game of badminton or table tennis perhaps. You can even go simpler by just taking the time to play tag with your kids and yes, the dog ๐Ÿ™‚ Play time can be a lot of fun but think also how it can get your body moving. So that’s fun plus some exercise as well.ย Board games can also be good. For my husband and me, we also play computer games to relax ๐Ÿ™‚

5.ย Visit the park, the museum, the beach.ย ย Public parks are free. Most museums will charge a small fee. As for the beach, this is an easy option if the beach is within driving distance from your place. Another alternative is if you have a swimming pool at home, you can schedule a pool day where you can also invite your friends and their kids over. Meal time or snack time can be done potluck style.

Shop and Save with Groupon Coupons

It’s always a good idea to spend your money wisely. When you do, it means some more money can be added to your savings. It can also mean you have more money to use to help others, including your loved as well as your preferred foundation or non-governmental organization.

Spending our money wisely is being mindful of what we buy and finding ways to save on our purchases. And one way we can save on our purchases is using coupons.

When it comes to using coupons for shopping, Groupon coupons has a huge number of coupons to choose from. And using the coupons is free! Yes, you’ve heard (or read) that right ๐Ÿ™‚ Check out their site and see for yourself the available coupons.

One of the shops that Groupon has coupons for you and me to use is ebay. So if you are planning to make a purchase from ebay soon, there’s a Groupon coupon waiting for you. There are coupons that can help you and me save in purchasing electronic products, designer sunglasses and even Apple products at ebay! In fact, Groupon has 398 coupons you and I can actually use to shop at ebay now!

Using coupons, particularly Groupon coupons, is indeed one more way to spend our hard-earned money wisely.

Earth Hour 2017 and Us

Last March 25, we switched the lights off and did our part in taking a simple step towards helping and promoting climate action.

As we switched the power off in our home, I realize there are so many things we can still do without power or electricity ๐Ÿ™‚

My husband and I had a longer conversation as the TV and our computers were off. I also watched the beauty of the stars spread across the dark sky. Thankfully, we can still enjoy that here in our part of the world — safely and without pollution marring the view.

Our dog Smoothy seemed to enjoy our one-hour power free home as it meant she can nudge us for our attention for a bit of play time and we can respond to here sans the distraction of the TV, computer or gadgets.

The earth hour is good for the earth, for future generations. But it is also good in making us appreciate conversations, nature, time with our loved ones. Perhaps, we might just go for an earth hour once a month or even once a week ๐Ÿ™‚