Recently there’s been a lot of research from money saving companies into how our lifestyle habits have changed over the last few years. One of the big things is that staying in seems to have become the new going out. Personally I have to admit as I’ve gotten older the thirst for a big night out on the town has become some what lost on me. I’ve come to appreciate my free weekends (when I’m not writing my thesis) and hangovers don’t really mix with that. But it’s not just the hangovers that put me off going out, staying in helps me save money so I can afford to do the hobbies and activities I enjoy outside of work.
I used to be a gym bunny, but since I’ve discovered the joys of hiking I’ve quit my gym. Not only is hiking much cheaper compared to gym membership, the air is definitely fresher and a gym floor isn’t a match for mountain views! Staying in means I can get up early and go hiking with Mr W and our friends.
Mr W and I have regular Youtube watching evenings, I must admit these are predominantly Fridays after a long week at work. We open a bottle of wine, pull up our favourite videos on Youtube (usually this one and this one are picked first) and spend our night listening to new and old songs and chatting with each other. Or we just watch cat videos.
I love cooking, so does Mr W and we most of all love to cook for friends. There’s nothing better than staying in and having friends over to the house for dinner and playing board games. Or in summer we break out the gas powered BBQ we invested in when we moved in together! We usually run a BYOB scheme, but Mr W can make a decent cocktail for everyone if we’re celebrating something!
Last, but most importantly, there’s nothing quite like staying in to pamper yourself. As I discussed last week rest is important and I love to chill out in the bath. I always rush to the Comforter bubble bar from Lush, light some candles and put a face mask on for serious blissed out moments. Much cheaper than using a spa!
I’m sure it’s not just me who agrees with staying in being the new going out, would you agree? What makes you stay in over going out? Let me know in the comments,