3 ideas for fun, cheap and healthy days out

Fun, Cheap and Healthy Days Out

Finding things to do on the weekend when you’re on a budget and you’re trying to stay fit and healthy can be quite the task. With that in mind, we’ve thought up of three fun things to do on your days off without feeling the pinch in your pocket or the weight on your waistline.


Go hiking with friends or family

Hiking can be a fantastic way to have fun with your friends or family and get a lot of exercise in the process. Spending time in the great outdoors will also ensure that you’re getting lots of vitamin D3 from sun exposure, which your body needs to keep your skin and bones healthy. Research your closest hiking trail and pack up a homemade, low-carb lunch to take with you to save on unnecessary expenses. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting muddy, especially if it has been raining.


Camp up and eat clean

If you don’t live near a hiking trail but are still interested in exploring the great outdoors, camping is a great alternative. You can find fields to pitch up a tent in almost anywhere for next to nothing. Be sure to bring all of your camping equipment, including the means to start up a campfire (making sure you’re in an area that allows controlled fires). To keep your camping trip healthy, bring all of the meat for a BBQ but leave the bread rolls and marshmallows at home to cut down on your carb consumption.


Jump around

Trampolining might seem like an activity that’s just for kids, but the recent popularity of trampoline parks has stopped with the little ones. It’s no wonder that adults have been jumping around for joy. Trampoline parks are great if you’re looking for a fun way to get out of the house and get some exercise. Not only is trampolining a cheap and entertaining activity when compared to other options like theme parks and expensive dining, but it’s also an ideal way to get cardio and work on your coordination, balance and motor skills.

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3 ways to skip the gym membership and still lose weight

Skip the Gym and Still Lose Weight

Let’s face it, the gym is expensive. When we sign up, we’ll commit to a few sessions and then begin promising ourselves that we will go tomorrow or the day after. Before you know it, you’ve paid for a year’s membership in monthly instalments and been all of seven times.

So here are three ways you can skip the gym membership and still lose weight.


Take advantage of free trial days at your local gyms and free buddy ups with your friends

If you want to go to the gym, but don’t want to be tied in and spending money for the time you aren’t there, then this one will be for you. Gyms offer free trial days to new and expired members all year round. They also offer buddy passes for current gym members, meaning your friend at work may be able to get you in for another session.

If you want to go more frequently, but still not enough to justify a full membership, some gyms also offer pay as you go plans or free classes at certain times of the day. The best way to find out about these is to ask your gym or your local council.


Invest in workout equipment to use at home

You don’t need a gym to look great. Workout machines are based on free weight movements, treadmills can be replaced by your favourite park or even your hallway, and steppers are just another way of running up stairs.

Workout equipment is designed to emulate real-life movements with extra weight, so you will find you can get a workout just as good at home. With a few clever purchases of the equipment you use at the gym (a free weight set for the weight machines, an aerobic step for the stepper, a gym ball for the gym ball etc.), you can have a full workout without leaving the comfort of your home.


Find a free outdoor gym or workout park near you

Many towns and cities have outdoor gyms and running routes dotted around their parks and green spaces. A great alternative to the drudgery of the treadmill, nature has also been shown to make you feel happier and more positive just by looking at it.

Three self-grooming routines that can be expensive and unnecessary

Unnecessary and Expensive Grooming Routines

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look great and project the best version of yourself to the world. After all, it’s this desire that drives people to lose weight, eat healthy and get fit. The question is: can too much of a good thing start to become bad for you? The answer is yes – especially when it comes to your beauty regime. With this in mind, here are three self-grooming routines that are both unnecessary and expensive if done too often.


Brushing your teeth

The majority of children are taught that they must brush their teeth twice a day if they’re to uphold a high level of oral hygiene. This is still the amount recommended by dentists. The problem occurs when people get older and they decide that they should start scrubbing away at their pearly whites several times a day. If you’ve fallen into this habit, you should be aware that you’re not only plowing through toothpaste faster than you should be, but you’re also making yourself susceptible to sensitive teeth and receding gums.


Washing your hair

You should avoid buying into all the adverts that convince you to wash your hair daily. Instead, experts are pretty much united in that there’s no general timescale when people should crack open the shampoo because it should be used when an individual’s hair starts to look greasy. If you insist on using pricey shampoo too often, it won’t just have an impact on your toiletry bill but can also leave your mane looking dry and prone to breakage.



Showers are one of the main things that cause a spike in your water bill. But you have to shower constantly if you’re to maintain good hygiene, right? Yes and no. Bathing is necessary for people to remove dirt from their body, but if done too much it also limits the number of good bacteria – known as microbiome – found on the skin. A lack of this could mean your immune system suffers and you open yourself up to illness and infection.


Try it!

You should find that you start to look and feel better if you limit these self-grooming routines – not to mention the fact that you’ll also save cash in the long run. For further help on improving your wellbeing and health for cheap, check out Voucherism.

The ultimate guide to having a frugal, fun and fulfilling year

The Ultimate Guide ot a Frugal Year

Trying to save money can seem like a daunting task, but it can actually be quite simple, and it all starts with making a plan. Whether you’re an accountant or an art student, creating and implementing an effective plan is the ultimate way to save time, money and to achieve your goals. Our brains actually release dopamine and serotonin (happiness chemicals) when we create plans and stick to them, which means you will not only be saving money with a plan, but you’ll be happier, too.

Here are 3 steps to help you write your plan for the year (and every day):

Divide up your life and write about it

What are the different elements of your life? Divide them up into sections, for example: social, romantic, family, work, hobbies and finances. Now consider each part. In an ideal world, what would these look like? Write this down. Now, how about the opposite? If you didn’t maintain these parts of your life, how would they suffer? Think worst-case scenario. Putting our fears behind us can provide great motivation to achieve our goals because we know what can happen if we don’t.

Consider where you are now and what needs to change

Now that you have an ideal future in mind for each section of your life, consider the changes you need to make to your current circumstance to get there. How much are you spending on the different elements of your life? Are you prioritising your health? How much time do you devote to the things you love? Set yourself a reasonable weekly budget for food, rent and social activities. If you’re not visiting your parents as much as you’d like, you could set a number of times a month you’d like to visit them and try to stick to it. If you want to eat healthier, limit the amount of times you eat out to once or twice a month. If you’re spending too much on your gym membership, rather than stopping exercising, think about ways you can exercise for free – such as regular walks, runs and online workout videos you can do at home.

Weekly plans and weekly review

Finally, create a detailed plan of your week, taking small steps to implement your goals. Pick a day to write up your weekly plans and use this day to review how successful the previous week has been. Set yourself questions related to each goal to ask yourself. Some examples of this could be: how much did I spend this week? Did I go over my budget? Am I on track to meet my savings goals? How could I do things better next week? This will ensure you can reach the end of the year and be satisfied you have met your aims.

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Tips to stay active at work

Tips to Stay Active at Work

In an ideal world, you’d spend your time in work eating healthy, fresh food and then nip to the gym for a quick session once you’ve clocked off. Sadly, this isn’t always possible when you’re stuck for both time and money. This is why you need to wise up to some of the shortcuts that you can take to stay active while doing your job. Even the lightest bit of exercise can improve your fitness levels – and there’s absolutely no reason why it should cost a penny either. With this in mind, here are three ways you can stay active in work.


Don’t spend your entire lunch break just sat at your desk tucking into a snack. Instead, use the time wisely by going for a walk. A brisk pace will be enough to elevate your heart rate and help you to lose weight. The benefits all add up if you do this on a day-to-day basis, so you should find yourself looking and feeling healthier than those people who remain inactive during their lunch hour.


Lifts and escalators are not your friends. While they may get you from A to B just that tiny bit quicker, they don’t measure up to the fitness benefits that come from tackling flights of stairs. Just think of all the calories you could be losing if you walk up the stairs before your shift and then down them again once your day is finished.

Stand up

Experts are warning that the world is falling victim to a phenomenon known as ‘sitting disease’. This is the term used to describe a lifestyle where people typically sit down for long periods of time, especially while at their desks at work. You can combat this by standing up as often as you can – whether it’s when you’re on the phone or simply chatting with a colleague.

Give it a go!

These three tips alone – which conveniently won’t cost you a penny – are a great way to boost your fitness levels while in work. If you’ve set your sights on getting healthy despite your budget, check out Voucherism for more help.