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Beat the Winter Blues

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Published: Feb 13, 2019

4 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues on a Budget

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As the temperatures drop and the jam-packed holiday season comes to a grinding halt, it can be easy to succumb to the winter blues and contemplate hibernation until spring. We’ve got a few ideas to keep the winter blues at bay, even on a budget.

Free punch card day

Have a “treat yo’ self” day on a budget! Save rewards points or loyalty cards that you would normally accumulate anyways and use them on the same day to have a nice day out without emptying your pockets.

Stay active

It can be all too easy to stay cozied up on the couch all winter, but staying active can be an important part of physical and mental health. There are lots of free exercise videos available online or even work out challenges people have created that you can do while watching your favorite TV show.


Some non-profit organizations need more help in the colder months. Look into volunteering your time to help others. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community in a way that can also be beneficial to you, providing an outlet for creativity and a sense of accomplishment. If staying home is a priority for you, and you have a hobby like sewing or knitting, consider making blankets, hats, or scarves to donate.


Learn something new

Keep your brain happy and occupied by learning a new hobby, skill, or polishing rusty skills. You can find a plethora of free educational resources online or at your local library. You could even “skill swap” with a friend and exchange knowledge, tips, and tricks.