In college, it felt like there were always low cost (or already paid for) options for hanging out with friends: Using up meal swipes in the cafeteria, going to free events, getting together to do homework (#supercool), etc. But now that I’m an adult, it feels like every type of meetup requires money. And we all know that a dinner here and there really ads up.
Of course, there are actually a lot of ways to hang out without spending money, but sometimes it can be hard to think of them. So I’ve compiled 6 of my favorite budget-friendly ways to have a girls’ day/night!
1. Go for a walk or hike.
This is especially great if you have parks or trials nearby, but even if you don’t, exploring neighborhoods can be just as fun. When I go home to visit my parents, my friend and I love to walk around town and see what’s changed (and what hasn’t) since we left.
2. Play board games.
Assuming none of your friends are super competitive. One person can bring the game and others can bring snacks or wine. Favorites of mine include Loaded Questions, Cranium, and Balderdash.
3. Take advantage of weeknight specials.
During my internship, all of the interns would get together every week for $1 tacos, $0.50 wings, 1/2 price burgers, etc. Basically, if there was a special that was cheap, we’d try it. Plus, most of these specials are during the week, which gives you something fun to look forward to after your never-ending Tuesday.
4. Host your own wine tasting.
I got this idea from a friend, and I think it’s the most brilliant invention. Each person brings a bottle of wine (usually a certain type and under a certain price), and everyone tries each wine. And usually, they’ll discover a new (cheap) wine that’s delicious! If you want to be really legit, you can even have comment cards for each person to write on.
5. Do a workout video.
If you’re trying to get into a workout routine or just need to burn off some steam (which is usually me), why not do it with a friend? When I was in junior high, my friends and I found an old Richard Simmons video, and we obviously tried it. I think we spent more time laughing than actually doing the exercises, but it was definitely memorable.
6. Binge-watch a reality show.
Ideally one that kicks people off every week. It’s amazing how addictive it is to root for your favorites and see who gets eliminated next. Turn on Project Runway, the Bachelor, The Great British Baking Show, etc., get snacks, and make a day of it.
If you have other suggestions, I’d love to hear them! You can never have too many girls’ day ideas. 🙂
Thanks for reading!