Published: April 18, 2019 | Updated: January 29, 2020 | Posted by: Ricky Publico | Lifestyle
Long weekends are quite common in the Philippines. In fact, there are 10 long weekends scattered throughout the year. You’re probably one to take advantage of, especially if you love traveling and making plans with friends. However, when you’re on a financial rut, you’re probably one of those who choose to stay at home and laze around. To help you plan the rest of the weekend, here are some things we suggest you try doing.
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Itching to go out but your wallet’s weighing you down? Go around your hometown or city instead. Discover new things in your area—restaurants, parks, buildings, and talked-about hangouts you probably never heard of. You can also take a trip down memory lane and revisit some places from your childhood or your student days. Find time to chat with your neighbors or participate in community activities, especially if you just moved in from somewhere.
But if you’re not a big fan of staying idle, you can take up a gig from thousands of online jobs out there. Better yet, flex your entrepreneurial skills by starting a small business. If you’re a freelancer, an extra day will give you more time to work on tasks and special projects. Take advantage of this and be more productive in terms of your income channels. Don’t stress yourself that much, though. Remember that you’re doing this just for the extra cash.
Sure, staying in bed all day and browsing cute pet photos on Instagram is fun and all, but why do that when you can focus on your physical and mental health? Hit two birds with one stone by starting or continuing an exercise regimen. Burning out those calories will not only make you feel good about yourself but will also give you a well-deserved mental break.
In the past, you probably promised yourself you’ll learn how to play the piano or speak Korean so you won’t need subtitles. Now that there’s an upcoming long weekend, it’s time to make good on that promise. Learning new skills has never been this easy thanks to dedicated apps and websites. All you have to do is gather the willpower to actually learn the skill. The guitar you bought a few years ago is probably gathering dust right now so start playing already.
Bring out the new curtains and prepare your best tools because it’s time to do some home improvement! Fix all the broken pipes and wires, replace old furniture, and redecorate every room in your lovely home. After all that hard work, it’s time to channel your inner Marie Kondo because you have some spring cleaning to do. After all, a clean house is as good as a well-decorated house. Make it a fun activity than a chore by doing it with your loved ones.
We’re all guilty about missing important gatherings with family and friends. Fortunately, long weekends are long enough for you to compensate. No need for a grand family vacation, just have a nice picnic on the porch or organize a fun game night for everyone. You can also invite your friends over for a potluck and a few drinks, making the party as festive and lively as possible. That way, everyone can save money and still have a great time. Cheers!
Or how about just treating yourself to a day dedicated to you and you alone? You can choose to just binge your favorite series, finish that novel you started months ago, or check out the latest blockbuster hit at your local cinema. You can even forget your diet and eat whatever you want… as long as it’s within your budget, of course. Or better yet, you can just do nothing. It sounds silly but sleeping like a sloth for hours is totally an option. We promise we won’t judge.
Of course, how you will spend your vacation will depend on your personality and priorities in life. Whatever your plans are this coming long weekend, make every free day count, even if you’re just staying in. Always remember that regardless of our financial status, the common denominator among all of us is that we have the same amount of time, so it depends on how well we use it. Have a happy and productive long weekend, everyone!
Ricky is the zaniest Senior Content Writer at Moneymax, with over five years of writing experience in the digital marketing industry. He is a huge fan of pro wrestling, smartphones, and binge-watching. Follow Ricky on LinkedIn.