Whether you’re broke and need to save money without giving up on socializing or just enjoy a night in, here is a list of nine awesome activities to do at home with your friends that won’t break the bank.

Nine Cheap & Cheerful Activities to do at Home with Your Friends

Whether you’re broke and need to save money without giving up on socializing or just enjoy a night in, here is a list of nine awesome activities to do at home with your friends that won’t break the bank.

  • Host a Costume Night

Generally, the only time that we can get away with dressing up in weird and wonderful costumes is Halloween. Don’t just limit that fun to one day a year, pick a theme, invite your friends over to your place and enjoy an evening of dressing up in quirky costumes. To save money you can encourage your guests to design and make their own homemade outfits.

  • Have an Indoor Picnic

Summer is approaching, but it still doesn’t stop us from getting a miserable day now and again. Don’t let the weather stomp all over your ambitions though. Set out a picnic blanket and a basket of food with all your summer favorites and just have a lovely picnic in the warm surroundings of your own home.

  • Run a Poker Night

When you think of gambling and in particular poker your mind suddenly turns to the image of huge sums of money exchanging hands. Cut out the stressful extra of money and instead invite your friends round to yours for a cash-free game of Texas hold ’em.

  • Movie Marathon

Going to the cinema is one of the biggest wastes of money in the modern day. When Blockbusters and terrestrial TV were your only source of entertainment, going to the movies was okay.

With Netflix, Prime Video and many more streaming services at the tip of your finger there really is no excuse to go to the movies anymore. Tuck yourself into the sofa with your friends and gorge on some amazing films. Don’t know where to start? Try Martin Scorsese’s three-and-a-half-hour epic The Irishman on Netflix.

  • Murder Mystery Time

You have two options when it comes to hosting a murder mystery evening. The first is the lazy option, for those of you that can’t be bothered putting more than five minutes of thought into hosting an event…

If you’re that way inclined get your hands on the board game Cluedo and invite your friends around to play. If you’re slightly less boring and have more enthusiasm, host a proper murder mystery evening where every one of your guests has a role to play.

You can find a number of different scenarios and themes online which are guaranteed to create a night of fun, intrigue and cunning.

  • Treasure Hunt

Do you remember the fun you had as a kid when your parents set up an Easter egg hunt in the house? Being in your mid-20s should be no barrier to having that same type of fun anymore.

Spend a couple of hours before your friends come round hiding objects and prizes around your house, along with some tricky clues. The final prize could be a bottle of wine or even an Easter egg if you’ve got any lying about!

  • Karaoke

For many karaoke is something that is solely enjoyed after a skin full of wine and beer on a tragic work night out.

Believe it or not, karaoke is actually better enjoyed sober. So give it a go at home with your friends, download a karaoke app to your TV or phone, use a hairbrush as a microphone and pretend you’re on the X Factor.

  • Spa Night

Were you hoping for a voucher to a spa at Christmas and ended up with socks or a bath bomb instead? Fear not, you’re not alone. Chances are many of your friends will have ended up with similar shattered dreams over the festive period.

If you all chip in just a bit of money then you can get your hands on everything you need to run a home spa night for a fraction of a visit to the real deal. Plus, where better to truly relax than on your own sofa?

  • Come Dine With Me

Most restaurants are empty in January as people simply can’t justify the cost of a meal out after such a frenzied period of spending in December. So if you want some great food at a great price, host a Come Dine With Me night with your friends.

Take it in turns to be the host and rate each other’s cooking with the winner taking a small prize at the end. You’ll only have to cook once but will end up with four tasty meals that feel like a proper night out.

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Hari Vignesh
Hari, a freelance writer known for crafting exceptional guides, enjoys immersing himself in literature and music when he's not busy with his writing pursuits.


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