The winter time is perfect for organizing some indoor fun with the family or friends. Not to mention, staying in has its financial perks. Why spend tons of money on a fancy dinner and a night out when you could save money in a more intimate setting? If you're unsure of the best ways to host a fun night in, check out our list of things you can do.
1. Cook your own takeout.
Not only is it cheaper, but it’s healthier, too. There are plenty of delicious recipes online for homemade curry, pizza, and Chinese stir-fry without spending a fortune. Leftovers and pantry staples can all be used if you’re really strapped for cash.
2. Wrap up warm.
It’s cold outside, which means our first instinct is to crank up the heating on full blast. But if you’re having a night in front of the TV, make it cozy with fleece blankets and you might not need the heating.
3. Learn a new dance.
You and your friends could have a great night in by pushing the sofa back and learning a new dance routine. Turn the music up loud and find a good tutorial online, and you’ll all be pros in no time!
4. Have a potluck dinner party.
Why not host your own dinner party with a group of friends and offer the option for each of you to bring a course? Good company, good food, what could be better?
5. Use candles.
A great night in is made even better by switching off the lights and lighting some candles. Whether you’re having a romantic night in or are hosting a dinner party, you’ll save money on your electricity bill and create a great mood.
6. Provide homemade snacks.
A bag of chips and a bar of chocolate sound cheap, but you’re actually paying a lot for food you could make yourself. Try slicing and roasting your own potatoes for some delicious fries.
7. Play retro games.
Nothing screams a good night in like a classic board game. Don’t save your favorites for Christmas when a game of Scrabble or Monopoly creates hours of enjoyment and can be used time and time again. Or why not get the cards out for a good old-fashioned game of rummy?
8. Create your own spa.
Create the perfect "chill" night by lighting some candles, putting some soft music on, and indulging in your own home spa. Relax in a hot bath or create your own foot spa by popping your feet in a basin of warm water with sea salt. How lush!
9. Workout video.
If your local Zumba class is full or if you and your friends can’t quite afford the pilates club at the gym, then why not create your own? Put some yoga mats down and search for a qualified teacher online, and you’ll have your very own gym.
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