Budget Friendly Thanksgiving "Staycation" Must Do"s

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The life of a teacher definitely has it's perks and a week off for Thanksgiving break is one of them.  I am one (regrettably at times) that prefers to stay busy over relaxing at home.  This can present a bit of a problem especially when your hubby is not an educator like yourself.  If I don't plan for my break I will inevitably wind up spending money I don't have on things I don't need... Does that sound familiar to anyone else?

And so, in an effort to avoid being completely bored, broke and remorseful by 6:00 am on Monday, November 28, I have compiled a list of ten budget friendly "staycation" activities to try.  And in the spirit of the holidays, I have tried to keep a festive spin on a few of these things.  

You can explore this list with loved ones or go at it alone.  Either way, you are sure to enjoy your Thanksgiving Break.

Top 10 Budget Friendly Thanksgiving Staycation Must Do's

1. Plan and Host a "Friendsgiving Fiesta" - check out our spin on this here (playlist included!)

2. Organize, declutter and decorate your home for the holidays.

3. Serve Thanksgiving dinner to families in your community. Check with your local homeless shelter or children's home to see how you can get involved and love on people this holiday season.

4. Catch a movie with friends on your local theater's discount night.  
We saw Dr. Strange, both got popcorn and drinks at ours 
and it only cost us $16 total.
Fantastic Beasts is on the agenda this week with our best friends!

5. Brush up on one of your hobbies. We all have that one (or two) things that we love to do but fail to make time for in the day to day rush of life.  This week, make it a priority to take some time exploring your creative side. I personally have plans to find some new music and spend a little time on my piano.

6. Explore new blogs for ideas and inspiration. Food, lifestyle, decor, travel... pick your poison.  Lately, I have been obsessed 
with the pages of New Darlings and Sneaky Louise

7. Get a head start and accept the decorating "One Room Challenge". Okay, so this may cause you to spend a little (or a lot) of money, but if you can, take the time to finish decorating or completely start a new room reno in your house.

We hope to finally add shelves to our office this week!

(You can learn more about how to share your room transformation 
on the ORC website.) 

8. Create a specialty cocktail to enjoy over a backyard bonfire.  I have my heart set on trying an Amaro Hot Chocolate sometime this week.

9.  Try a new exercise routine or class.  There is a kickboxing class offered in the mornings at my local YMCA.  I have wanted to try it forever but I am never able to make it because of work. This week I plan to kick-box my heart out!

10. Spend time with your family and friends (and puppies).  I know this seems like no-brainer but I felt that I needed to add this as a simple reminder to myself as to why I have this week off.  Although I have a lot different things I want to do this week, the most important of these is making sure my family knows how much I love and appreciate them.


To everyone this week, I wish you rest and love.  Take the time to treat yourself and surround yourself with family and friends.

and to my fellow teacher friends...

Happy Thanksgiving Break!

How are you spending your Thanksgiving holiday season?

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