Living through a recession can be dispiriting. It is no coincidence that a severe recession is also known as a depression. But is it possible to enjoy life if your income has been reduced or if you have lost your job? Here are some ways in which you can make the most of your life during the recession, while spending little, if any, money.
Spend Time at Home
When our financial situation is good, we may spend little time at home. Much of our leisure time may be spent shopping, eating out, visiting family and friends, watching movies, going to concerts, and so on. However, during a financial downturn, it is likely that we will not be able to afford many of these activities. The result is that we have more time to spend at home.
If you are not used to spending time at home, it can be difficult at first to find things to do. First and foremost, you could spend more quality time with your loved ones. Play games with your children or read to them. Listen to them and help them to draw pictures or make things. After the children have gone to bed, spend quality time with your partner. You don’t have to do anything very special – you can just talk or watch a WD together.
Another way in which you can spend your time at home constructively is to do all the little jobs that you have been putting off for so long. Whether it is fixing a dripping faucet or sewing on a button, you now have the time to do these things
Similarly, you could use the time to keep your home and garden as clean, tidy and clutter-free as possible. Manage your home well by sorting through your possessions on a regular basis Make some extra money by selling unwanted items on eBay or at a garage sale.
Develop Cooking Skills
Rather than saying, “I can’t afford to go out to dinner,” look at the situation positively and say, “I have the opportunity to learn how to cook some fantastic meals”
Search the Internet for recipes for your favorite restaurant dishes and make them at home for a fraction of the restaurant price. Start with simple recipes that you feel confident enough to tackle. As your cooking skills develop, your confidence will increase and you will find that you are able to cook ever more complex dishes Your family’s health will benefit as you will be using fresh, wholesome ingredients
Develop Hobbies, Interests and Skills
Now that you have more time on your hands, why not use that time to develop new hobbies, interests and skills? If you think that you cannot afford to do this, think creatively about how you could follow your chosen activity without spending much money.
Nowadays, there are many free tutorials, courses and other resources on the Internet. Search for such resources in your areas of interest and make use of them.
Perhaps you were enthusiastic about starting a hobby a few years ago and bought all the equipment you needed, only to find that you didn’t have the time to pursue that hobby. Now is the time to take up the hobby again, or, if you are no longer interested in it, why not sell all of the equipment and use the money raised to embark upon a new interest?