Sometimes, one of the easiest ways to save money is to stay close to home. But when snow flies and grey skies seem like the norm, cabin fever is real. Here are some ways to combat cabin fever while you stay close by, without dropping the money to book a tropical getaway.
Learn a New Skill
Have you been wanting to learn a new language? Or maybe to cook Thai food, or dance salsa, or spin wool into yarn, or ride a horse? Whatever you’ve had in the back of your mind to learn, now is the time! Turn your antsy, cooped-up feelings into something fun and productive, and you’ll shake off cabin fever before you can say “winter blues.”
Play Roulette with Free Events Listings
Guess what! There’s a free showing of your favorite movie at a theater near you! Well, maybe. But unless you scope out local event listings, you’ll never know what you don’t want to miss out on. From book clubs, free yoga, and fun meetings of local clubs, you can save a lot and get out of the house when you make event listings your friend.
Clean and Organize Your Home for a Fresh Start
Let’s dive into the “cabin” component of cabin fever. When your space is feeling lackluster or cluttered, it makes it even harder if you have to stay inside. Now is the time to pull out the Marie Kondo books and put together some bags to donate to your favorite charity. Or you can give selling online a try if you’re really cleaning house. Once you’ve cleared out unwanted items, get a jump start on spring cleaning, and spruce things up.
Change up Your Recipe Rotation
This is the time of year when it’s easy to find yourself eating out more than you (and your budget) want to, just because you’re bored with the same old recipe routine. Try a new cuisine, pin some drool-worthy dishes on Pinterest, pick up a recipe book at the library or in the sale section, and go to town. You might even try a meal subscription box for a few days to test it out. The smell of delicious dinner cooking will definitely make your home feel more homey, and less like a winter prison.
Get out There to Give Back to Your Community
Nothing feels better than giving back, and if it involves getting out of the house, you can’t go wrong. Reach out to your favorite local charities to see what their need is for volunteers. Whether your passions are in taking care of animals (check out the local animal shelter), conservation (state and national parks), or human-rights issues (social services), there are plenty of opportunities out there for you to find.
Hit the Gym (or a New Workout Class)
Happy endorphins make winter way better, so don’t underestimate the power of a good workout. And if you’re on a budget, don’t worry: You don’t need a gym membership to get the equivalent of pumping some iron. Head out for a winter walk, or try out an intro deal at a workout studio that you haven’t been to before to really shake off that winter gloom.
This winter season doesn't have to leave you feeling cooped up. When you get the itch to stretch your legs and get out of the house, take one of these ideas and let us know how it works for you!<<< Return To Blog