Living Well on Less – part 3

Getting the most of life when you’re on a budget can be difficult – going out is not cheap and so when you have to tighten your belt what can you do that doesn’t involve staying in watching bad TV or surfing Facebook watching everyone else have a good time!!

There a many things that you can do they are free or don’t break the bank – here are a few of the ideas taken from The Art of More for Less – Savy Chic by Anna Johnson

Volunteer for festivals or concerts theatre companies or a summer arts festival – get to meet new people, learn a new skill and get to see great bands for free.


Snoop in the public areas of galleries, museums and libraries – very often there are lots to see and learn in these areas too.

Entrance hall at the V&A

Entrance hall at the V&A

Get on the mailing list of local galleries – they often invite you too private views and free exhibitions.

Host a movie night – pick a favourite movie from you collection or borrow from the library or friends – if you have an outside space even better for summer – throw a white sheet over the fence and project on to the makeshift screen. Pop your own corn and make jugs of cocktails with everyone chipping in for the booze.


Take a walk – rushing around as we do we often miss what is right under our nose – look up, find new places that you may not have seen before – churches that you can wander around for free or a small donation, explore green spaces and parks, sit by the river watch the boats go by or just sit and people watch.


Pack a picnic, take a blanket and head to you local park or riverside – eat al fresco – take a book or just soak up some sun.

Posh picnic - Photo Donna Hay

Posh picnic – Photo Donna Hay


Bookstores have incredible authors either speaking or book signings which are not always heavily attended so you may get to hear an inspiration author or meet an amazing writer or artist that you may not have ordinarily have met.


Stop and listen to the buskers in the street – you normally walk past in a rush to get to where you want to be but very often you can hear some talented singers and musicians for free – but do drop a pound or two hat to say thank you.

Many city councils host free events in public areas so make sure you check out your local events pages and websites.


Theatre prices can be expensive but last minute returns or matinees can be cheaper.

Look at design colleges and galleries – the graduate exhibitions are usually free to look around and imagine discovering the next big thing?

Norwich University of the Arts fashion graduate exhibition. Photo EDP 24

Norwich University of the Arts fashion graduate exhibition. Photo EDP 24

Departments stores often host free fashion shows and talks on new seasons collections so pop along for your fashion fix.

You may not have Alexa Chung next to you but you may pick up some style ideas?

You may not have Alexa Chung next to you but you may pick up some style ideas?

So with a little imagination and a bit of research there is an abundance of life to be led even on the smallest budget.


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