Gratitude, No Buy Year 2020, Winter, Activities to do in Winter

30 Free Things to Do in the Winter Months (while keeping $ in the bank)

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Here are some of the things I plan on doing this winter season that don’t include spending money.  Feel free to add yours in the comments!

  1. Create a winter capsule wardrobe with what I already have.
  2. Find and donate/sell 100 items.
  3. Paint a room with paint I have left over from a previous project.
  4. Declutter and deep clean each room of house.
  5. Walk outside in nature.  Hike the local parks.
  6. Practice taking pictures with my IPhone.
  7. Learn how to use my Nikon camera.  Finally.
  8. Meal plan a month at a time.
  9. Learn how to make a new dish every week.
  10. After decluttering, inventory EVERY thing in the house.
  11. CVS coupon for household items that need replaced.
  12. Clean up emails on all Apple devices.
  13. Start a yoga routine with free online videos.
  14. Work-out on treadmill, lift weights.
  15. Have a spa day.  Use up beauty products that I have in my stash.
  16. Watch a Netflix series (The Good Place,  Virgin River).
  17. Have a Gilmore Girls movie fest with my daughters.
  18. Write a blog post daily.
  19. Binge watch minimalism and low buy videos to stay motivated.
  20. Delete social media apps that are time sucks.
  21. Read books on my bookshelf, then donate.
  22. Give my dog a bath.
  23. Do a household maintenance walk through. (In preparation for Spring).
  24. Have a bill-reduction day.  Analyze all insurance and utility bills and try to lower them.
  25. Learn how to sell on Facebook Marketplace.
  26. SELL 10 items.
  27. Attend a religious retreat.
  28. Learn how to get free Walmart gift cards.
  29. Order groceries online for pick up to avoid impulse shopping.
  30. Write in a gratitude journal daily.

YOUR turn.  What do you do in your free time without spending money?

Winter, Activities to do in Winter

How to survive winter.

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How to survive winter:  Rent a condo on the beach in Florida for three months.

Just kidding.  Sort of.

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of winter.  However, constantly focusing on being somewhere else, especially when I can’t be, is not a good way to live.  So I devised a new list of things I can actually do to enjoy the long winter months and hopefully some will resonate with you too.

  • Go for a walk.  (Note to self: I need a warm pair of gloves).  Yes, even though there is snow and it’s cold, most likely I can still walk outside.  I can enjoy the surroundings of the snow on the branches.  I can breathe in crisp fresh air.
  • Train for a Spring 5K.  I have a treadmill.  ‘nuf said.
  • Sign up and take ballroom dance classes with my husband. I want to learn how to “partner” dance with my husband.  Winter is a perfect time, since we will be indoors.
  • Declutter. Getting rid of stuff is ongoing.
  • Binge watch a series.  Parks and Recreation, Northern Exposure, Everybody Loves Raymond.
  • Cozy up in a warm sweater. LOVE wearing sweaters.  Now’s the time. 🙂
  • Play board games.  Scrabble, Sorry and Backgammon are a few of my faves. My husband and I are both competitive, so this should be interesting. 🙂
  • Make slow cooker meals. So many to choose from here.
  • Do Yoga. Stretching and keeping my muscles limber is essential to good health.  There are so many free yoga classes online.  Here’s one I would like to try: Yoga with Adriene
  • Have a Spa Day. If the bank account allows, go to a spa for a day.  Have a massage, get nails done.  If the bank account does not allow, do nails at home, soak in a hot bubble bath.
  • Journal. Yes. Get my creative juices working, working through problems or just letting off steam.
  • Write a book. I’ve always wanted to.  I spend a lot of time indoors in the winter which makes it a great time to write.
  • Re-read Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnach.  By the fireplace, with a hot drink.
  • Browse a book store.  Barnes and Noble is still open, thankfully.  Bookstores are so therapeutic for me.  The smell of coffee, new books, new adventures to read.
  • Plan a summer vacation. Now is the time to plan a vacation for the summer.  Rentals go quickly, cruise cabins are on sale.  Now all I need is everyone’s schedule.
  • Go to a museum. Oh my gosh, I need to do this.  In the DC area, most museums are FREE.  I can ride in with my husband when he goes to work and just explore (when govt shutdown is over, of course.)
  • Bring a little Spring into the house. Buy some new green plants, and have live flowers on my kitchen table.
  • Go to a winery.  We have a ton of wineries in the area.  One in particular has a huge fireplace inside.  Trying out some new wines by the fire sounds divine.
  • Feed the birds. Learn the different species that come to my bird feeder.  Watching birds is very relaxing.  Knowing what kind they are is just plain cool.
  • Remember to be grateful.  For a warm home, a warm bed and hot food.
  • Sleep.  Rejuvenate with extra sleep. It does a body good.  

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Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. – Earl Nightingale