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Checking In On Your New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s the last day of February, which means it’s time to ask yourself – “Where are my resolutions at?”

You’ve had two months now to lose those 10kgs you keep talking about, halve your weekend wine intake, finish your novel and get more sleep all at the same time.

Need a bit of help? I thought so.

There’s plenty of research around how long people are generally able to keep their new year’s resolutions for, but the consensus is that around 75% of us are only capable of holding out for a couple of weeks. Few make it through the month of February, and then by March we usually don’t even remember what we pledged to do.

Not you though, dear reader! Tomorrow, on the first of March, you’re going to feel as fresh as the first of January (without the once a year hangover of course)!

Here’s how it’s going to work.

First, admit to yourself that it’s ok to fail.

Don’t beat yourself up over the fact that you haven’t stuck to your goals. We all do it. Rather than thinking about how much of a screw-up you are, focus on how you can get back up on that horse. Go on, get!

Focus on the resolutions that matter.

Here’s a big tip – the resolutions that matter the most are the ones that are going to result in positive changes for the long-haul, not just short-term. Take the time to reassess what’s most important to you and what will benefit you, your friends and family the most for years to come.

If it’s a selfish resolution that isn’t going to carry positive change into the next new year – then perhaps it’s not worth chasing anyway. Leave it be, and get back on track with the things that matter (remember, you don’t need to have 10 or more resolutions each year – it’s probably better to have one or two meaningful and achievable goals).

Believe in yourself.

Chances are good that you’ve accomplished a lot of things in your life that at one point in time, you thought you were incapable of. Think about some of those things. Some of them probably seem pretty insignificant now, right?

The new year’s resolutions that you’ve set for yourself will one day become just another drop in the ocean of your life (woah, deep). Don’t over-think things too much, or supersize your goals. Think of them as small things that you will get out of the way this year. Tiny, little things. Easy. Breaking your goals into simple tasks makes them seem more achievable (like our post on super simple steps to better health).

Break it down now.

Now that you’ve mentally turned your goals into smaller obstacles, let’s make them even smaller.

For example – if you plan to lose a few kilos this year, don’t plan for it to all happen within the first couple of weeks. If you want to lose 10kgs over the space of the year, break that number down into more achievable chunks. That works out to be less than 1kg per month. If you break it down again, it’s only around 200 grams per week. Now that you know what you want to accomplish, get someone to help you. Check out our healthy work lunch options or treat yourself to a visit to a dietician and figure out the small tweaks you need to make to your day-to-day life to get it done. Hey – why don’t you Nimble it? That’s what our short term loans are for!

Get rid of distractions.

This is the part where you let go of the past. Write down the things that have stopped you achieving these goals in the past. Lack of finances, family dramas, etc. Acknowledge that they were significant in your life, but that they don’t matter now. You can’t hold on to excuses forever. That’s just silly.

Were these tips helpful? Let us know how you’re going with your new year’s resolutions, or what you’re doing to achieve yours. Whilst you’re at it, why not check out our great post on financial New Years Resolutions.

Things Lots Of People Will Put On Their Resumes In 2014 (And How To Explain Them To Your Parents)

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2014. New year – new you, and all that stuff.

If you’ve decided that 2014 is your big year to make a career change then you’ve probably already noticed that there’s a few new job titles and role descriptions going around.

Technology is changing the way we do our work, and generally people are just getting better at making up titles that make them sound cooler and more sought-after.

But what does it all mean? And more importantly, when you land the new job, how do you explain to your parents what being a “Front-End Interface Architect” involves?

Let me break down some of the big ones for you.

Big Data Specialist

“Big Data” is a swanky new term that people use to describe a situation where a company has so much data that the software programs they use don’t know what to do with all of it.

When you’ve got too much data, who do you call? A Big Data Specialist. They’ll sort through all the numbers and organise it into neat piles of information that your company can use to make more money.

Social Media Campaign Manager

If you’re as unlucky as I am, your parents already have Facebook, so explaining to them the basic concept of what a “social media” website is, might not be too hard.

In the same way that everyday users like you and I use Facebook to make ourselves look cool and far more interesting than what we really are, companies also use Facebook to feed people a vision of how they want their brand to be perceived.

Enter the Social Media Campaign Manager. This guy is in charge of making sure that everything that goes on with a company’s Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google+, etc page is in line with their perceived image. Whenever there are competitions, public rallies or anything else interesting happening on a company’s social pages, you know that somewhere in their offices, there is a Campaign Manager slowly pulling their hair out.

Content Creator

“Hey Mum. Hey Dad. You know how on a website, there’s stuff? Pictures? Words? Photos? Videos? Well someone has to make that. It doesn’t just happen.”

And that’s pretty much how you explain what a Content Creator does. These guys are the ones that are responsible for making a website worth visiting.

Cloud Engineer

Phwoar. Where do we start here? A Cloud Engineer is responsible for leveraging the methods used to….

Nah. I reckon it’s better to just make it up. Tell your parents that you’re now responsible for what shapes the clouds take as they float around in the sky. Tell them that it’s been a lie this whole time that clouds are a part of nature and that they’re actually controlled by computers. Which is why you spend so much time on yours.

Corporate Wellness Coach

This is a fancy new term for someone who works in Human Resources. A corporate wellness coach is someone who is responsible for making sure that everyone is as happy and as well-trained as they can be to perform their roles.

With such pressure to create a great “culture” within a company these days, big corporations need a Wellness Coach to think up fun new things to do with staff such as massages, 8-week challenges, BBQs and Pyjama Fridays.

Growth Hacker

Last of all we have the Growth Hacker. A Growth Hacker is a clever little guy who uses his frugality, innovation and experience to help new companies grow quickly.

They often jump around from marketing, to IT, to product development doing whatever they can to weave their growth magic. It’s very confusing and vague and I think you only really know what a Growth Hacker does if you already are one.

Good luck with your job-hunting!

Craft Ideas For Kids | Budget Family Fun For Summer

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crafternoon (kra:ft-er-noon)
noun: An afternoon of craft activities. Fun is most often had by all.

If you think that entertaining kids has to be expensive – think again.

Behold, the crafternoon.

It’s practically the best thing ever. We know this because we had one today to test it out.

Here’s what we learned:

1. Crafternoons can be cheap. Really cheap. We spent around $10 and have so much stuff leftover for next time.

2. Crafternoons are fun. Don’t tell the boss, but making our peg animals gave us hours of entertainment!

3. Crafternoons aren’t just for kids. In fact, at our crafternoon, there weren’t even any kids around. Just a bunch of 20-somethings having an awesome time gluing stuff together. So it really is the ultimate family activity.

At our crafternoon we tried our hand at making some animals out of pegs. As you can see, it was a huge success (although we left out the pictures of the deformed giraffe that wasn’t exactly “camera-ready” by the time we were finished).

If you want to give these little guys a go at home, here’s what you’ll need.

– Wooden pegs (square, round or both)
– Paint
– Paintbrushes
– PVA glue
– Small fuzzy balls
– Googly eyes
– Heaps of imagination

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To make a Hungry Hungry Caterpillar:

1. Paint a square peg green. Wait for it to dry.
2. With a small blob of glue, stick a red fuzz ball to the opening end of the peg. This will be the head, obviously, because he needs to be able to open his mouth to eat stuff.
3. Glue four green fuzz balls along the rest of the peg to make the body.
4. Once they’re nice and stuck, glue a couple of small googly eyes to the red ball.
5. For an extra touch, make your caterpillar some food. Because he is hungry hungry.

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To make a pig:

1. Paint a round peg pink.
2. Glue two pink fuzz balls behind the round head.
3. Paint or draw on a snout with black.
4. Glue on two small googly eyes.
5. The pig doesn’t need legs because he’s happy to lie in the mud all the time. No drama.

To make a cow:

1. Paint a round peg and two square pegs white.
2. When that dries, paint black spot on it.
3. Glue on some googly eyes.
4. Paint the nose pink and give her some nostrils.
5. Paint some black hooves on the two square pegs.
6. Clip the legs to the body.
7. Moooooooo.

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To make a dragonfly:

1. Paint a round peg and two paddle pop sticks your favourite colour.
2. Put a small bit of glue in the middle of each pop stick and then stick it in the slot bit of the peg to make wings.
3. Glue some googly eyes on.
4. Paint a nice pattern on the dragonfly’s back.

To make a butterfly:

1. Same deal as the dragonfly, but instead of using paddle pop sticks for wings, cut out some wings from paper and stick them on.

Since we’ve got lots of leftover pegs, if you’ve got a great idea for some peg craft, please leave a comment below! We really want to have another crafternoon! Check out our post featuring fun things to do with your kids.

Planning A Family Holiday | Budget Family Fun For Summer

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Time is a-tickin’!

If you’re planning to take the family away on a summer holiday this year but haven’t made reservations yet – you better get cracking.

Summer is the peak season for most holiday destinations around Australia, which means that accommodation sells out quickly and prices are also at their highest.

All the more reason for you to get super-savvy when it comes to planning a family holiday on a budget. Read on my friend…

There are a few good tricks that you can keep in mind when planning your family vacation – all you need is a little time, patience and the will to save yourself some money!

Let’s get started.

Do your research.

Unfortunately, sometimes our dream holiday destination isn’t the same place that our saving accounts want to take us.

If you can’t afford to travel to your first choice this year, do a bit of research into some other places that offer similar activities/climates/sceneries. Is there something similar available for less money? Jump on it! You might discover somewhere you really love.

Check out package deals.

Travel agents and travel websites always have package deals on offer for destinations. If you’re lucky and get in early enough, you might be able to combine flights and accommodation, or accommodation and activity hire.

If you’re not already signed up on the mailing list for a few of those coupon websites, do it now. New deals are released daily and there are always an abundance of travel, hotel, activity and theme park deals that come up around this time of year. Just make sure you’ve unsubscribed once you’ve made your bookings so that you’re not tempted throughout the year to purchase things you don’t need (I get sucked into a good deal pretty easily!).

If you’re booking a trip to a family-oriented destination, look out for all-inclusive deals. Sometimes you can snap up accommodation, meals and extras packages that provide daily activities for the kids and treats for the grown-ups too.
Go self-contained.

If you’re really keen to save yourself some cash, book a self-contained room. You’ll have your own kitchen to cook in which means you don’t need to go out for 3 meals a day. Sweet! Even if you’re just keeping milk and cereal for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch in the room, you can still treat yourselves to dinner and enjoy a night off from cooking.

Check for membership discounts.

Oftentimes insurance companies or health funds will offer discounts on various things to their members. Check out the websites of your membership groups to see what you might be able to snap up. Restaurant, theme park and hotel group discounts are usually available.

As a side note – after you’ve booked your holiday for this year, think ahead for next time. Sign up for the hotel group’s mailing list to get access to offers throughout the year and VIP rates.

Make the most of your surroundings.

A holiday to the Gold Coast doesn’t have to mean expensive trips to all of the local theme parks!

Before you leave for your holiday, research what else the area has to offer apart from the obvious. Make the most of beaches, picnics in the park, museums and other unfamiliar sites. Bring along games for downtime at your hotel and involve the whole family in cooking meals together.

If you do want to pay to do specific activities, book ahead of time. Look out for deals online and don’t be afraid to ask vendors if they offer family discount packages.

Travel as a group.

If your family and your friends are both looking to book holidays around the same time, why not book together? You can save a lot of money by renting out larger holiday houses that you can all stay in together.

Better yet – go camping. Camping is great fun if you’ve got friends to hang out with! Pool your camping gear together, BBQ together in the evenings and share surfboards, games and books to keep everyone occupied during the day.

 

If this post hasn’t given you plenty of ideas for lowering the cost of your family holiday, I don’t know what will!

Jump on Google, check out the best deals and let us know what you find in the comments below. Have a great summer!

Backyard Camping | Budget Family Fun For Summer

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Nothing says ‘summer’ like camping.

The smell of sausages sizzling on the BBQ, coconut sunscreen and toasted marshmallows all bring back fond childhood memories for me of summers spent playing cards with my sister in a tent and having some quality time with my family.

Spending time outdoors together is a great way for a family to relax and unwind to forget about the doldrums of daily life.

The problem for many families is that camping can often mean money. Although it’s on the cheaper end of the holiday scale, it’s still not always affordable (especially if you’re going during school holidays when caravan parks hike up their prices)!

If you’ve got the camping gear sitting in the garage picking up dust, but can’t afford to take the family away for a real trip – why not try backyard camping?

I know what you’re thinking – “camping in the backyard, whoop-de-doo”.

But it’s actually pretty cool if you do it right. And I reckon that the whole family will enjoy getting outside and spending some time together.

Here’s a few things you can do to make your backyard adventure a little extra special.

Sleep under the stars.

Don’t be tempted to sneak back into the house and spend the night in your bed. Commit to a night outside – under the stars if you can! If you’ve got a tent you can sleep in that, or if it’s a warm night, why not lay out your sleeping bags on a matt and get the full experience.

Toast some marshmallows.

If you’ve got a backyard fire grate that you’re permitted to light up in your area, go for it! Otherwise you can toast marshmallows over a portable camping gas stove. Pile them up on sticks to keep it authentic and then enjoy those little blobs of charred, sweet, sticky goodness.

Play backyard bingo.

Draw up some bingo sheets and see who can tick off all of their items first. Some things you can use on your sheet include a twig that looks like a ‘Y’, a smooth rock, a black rock, a bird, a beetle, a seed, something that belongs inside, etc.

BBQ your dinner.

Do not go inside to cook. I repeat: don’t go inside! Cook up a BBQ for dinner or see what you can whip up on a gas stove or over the fire. Let the smell of your delicious outdoor cooking infiltrate over the fence into your neighbour’s yard and maybe they’ll come and join you for some card games or ghost stories.

Leave the technology inside.

Don’t ruin a perfectly good backyard camping trip by sitting around on your mobile phone or playing on the Nintendo DS. Leave the gadgets inside and see what fun you can have in the yard.

Project a movie onto your house.

Ok, I know I just said to leave the gadgets inside but this is a great idea if you’ve got the equipment. String up a sheet on the side of your house and use a laptop and projector to watch an outdoor movie. Popcorn is essential.

 

There you have it. All the makings for an awesome night out on a backyard camping adventure.

Do you have any other fun sleep-out activities that you do with your family? Leave me a comment below!

Your 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Father’s Day falls on Sunday September 1 this year.

Cruel, I know. The first Sunday of the month falls on the first day of the month, leaving us with no extra September days to get ourselves ready.

Don’t worry. I’ve gone and done all the hard work for you.

I’ve sourced out the best gifts going around for dads this year. And I’ve even categorised them for you.

FOR THE ‘OUTDOOR’ DAD

Budget: 2pk Holeproof Explorer Socks – $25
If he’s a fan of outdoor adventures, he’s definitely never going to have enough Explorer socks. Those things are the greatest.

Special: Kathmandu Solar Torch + Charger – $49.98
This little torch is super handy. Charge it in the sun during the day, and use it as a torch at night. Plus it acts as an emergency charger for personal electronic devices.

Splurge: Weber Portable BBQ – $259
If he hasn’t already got one, you can’t go past a good portable BBQ. You can pack it up and take it anywhere from camping trips to the beach.

FOR THE ‘INDOOR’ DAD

Budget: Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals Book – $28
Get dad in the kitchen on Father’s Day with Jamie’s 15 minute meals cookbook. Then, sit back and reap the benefits of your gift.

Special: Kikki-K Black Leather iPad Case – $55.97
If you can’t afford to get him an iPad, go for the next best thing. An iPad case. He’ll appreciate the thought.

Splurge: Rolling Stone Singles Box Set – $268.99
If dad is looking for a little bit of musical ‘satisfaction’, get him rocking out to the Rolling Stones this year.

FOR THE ‘GEEKY’ DAD

Budget: Pocket Moleskin Notebook with Lego Front – $22.95
When he’s not taking important notes at work, he can take a quick break and have a play with the build-plank front on his notebook. BYO lego blocks.

Special: iPhone Geek Deluxe Pack – $64.95
For the dad that loves his iPhone. Every gadget you could need from a mini speaker to an iPlunge phone stand.

Splurge: David Attenborough – The Early Years DVD Set – $110
Sit back on the couch with dad and recount the beloved David Attenborough’s earlier years as a wildlife presenter.

FOR THE ‘SPORTY’ DAD

Budget: Adidas Glider Soccer Ball – $24.99
Rebel Sports have a wide range of sporting equipment, so if soccer isn’t his thing, pick up another ball here.

Special: Inside Sport Magazine 12 Issue Subscription – $85
Everything under the sporting sun all in one magazine. With a 12 issue subscription, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Splurge: Red Balloon Voucher – around $75 – $350
You can find almost any outdoor adventure experience for dad on Red Balloon. Check out what’s available in your area. You can spend pretty much as little or as much as you like, but generally the more you spend, the better the adventure will be. Lucky for Nimble’s super fast loans hey? 😉

If you’ve scored any great Father’s Day gift deals this year, let us know in the comments below!

Gmail Users: How To Make Sure You’re Still Getting Our Emails

 

If you’re one of the roughly 425 million people in the world using Gmail, chances are good that your inbox just had a makeover.

Gmail has recently rolled out a new tab system that sorts your mail for you. Cool right? Your own personal mail sorter!

On one hand that’s a pretty nifty feature, but there’s a sad side to this story too.

You might be missing out on your emails from Nimble.

Let me explain why.

Gmail now sorts your emails into at least three categories – ‘Primary’, ‘Social’ and ‘Promotions’.

Emails from your mum go automatically into ‘Primary’ (along with stuff from friends, booking reference emails and anything else important).

Updates from your social media platforms go into ‘Social’.

Any company newsletters, coupon emails or other database messages you subscribe to will get stored under ‘Promotions’.

This ‘Promotions’ tab is where your emails from Nimble are most likely going to go from now on. Right down there on the end of the tab list, stuffed in amongst pizza vouchers and other stuff you’ll never look at.

What a shame! We know you love hearing from us and replying to us, which means you probably wouldn’t mind emails from Nimble automatically going into your main inbox – the ‘Primary’ tab.

Here’s what you need to do to make sure your emails from us don’t get lost in the trash.

1. Open up your ‘Promotions’ tab and highlight an email from Nimble.

2. Drag the email over to the ‘Promotions’ tab.

3. Gmail will then ask you this:

“The conversation has been moved to Primary. Undo.
Do this for future messages from hello@nimble.com.au? Yes”

4. Click on the ‘Yes’ link. This will let Google know that you have asked to read our emails and that you don’t want them sent to the ‘Promotions’ tab (the place where fun emails go to die).

It’s that simple.

Now we can stay in touch with each other as easily as we used to.

If you’re a Hotmail/Outlook or Yahoo user and you’ve just reached the end of this blog post – good on you!

But this doesn’t apply to you. If you’re not getting our emails, check your junk mail. And get us out of there immediately!

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave us a comment below and we’ll get right back to you.

Travelling | 6 Tips For Planning Your Next Vacation

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No one likes breaking up.

But you’re about to dump your travel agent. Sorry.

As a former travel agent customer, I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself for recently managing to plan out a 3 week overseas trip all on my own.

Unassisted. Flying solo (quite literally).

As always, I’m willing to share with you my new found wisdom. Here’s my 6 best tips for planning your next holiday, based on what I’ve learnt.

1. Start planning early.

Timing is everything – and the earlier you can start booking flights the better.

This is especially important for destinations that are more expensive to stay/eat/play at. You’re going to want to save money on flights so you’ve got more leftover for your actual vacation.

I regrettably put off booking my flights for a couple of weeks once I was ready to make the purchase and that mistake ended up costing me an extra $400!

2. Pack like a pro.

When it comes to luggage – less is always more.

Check with your airline to see what your baggage allowance is, then aim to pack well below that. Also, be wary if you’re flying with more than one airline – their allowances may be different and you don’t want to get surprised with any hefty excess luggage fees.

Here’s what I do when I’m packing.

  • I only pack items of clothing that I consider versatile (i.e, they can be worn a few times before they’ll need washing and can be layered if the weather is unpredictable).
  • If I’m going somewhere where the shopping is cheap, I’ll try and leave myself an extra 5kg or ¼ of my suitcase empty to accommodate for extra stuff on the return trip.
  • Shoes and toiletries down the bottom, heavy clothes on top of that, then light items that crease easily on top, either laid out flat or rolled into one another.

3. Back up your finances.

If you’re planning on using a credit/debit/travel card overseas, make sure you have a spare that you can keep in your suitcase or the hotel safe.

I’ve had the unfortunate experience of having my debit card captured by an ATM machine on the second day of a trip in a non-english speaking country. It was hectic. I had no back-up and had to try and communicate with a bank assistant what had happened before I could get some cash out.

(Also, did I mention that if you’ve got a Nimble VISA Prepaid Card, you can use that all over the world wherever Visa is accepted? I didn’t? Well. There you go.)

4. Compare everything.

There are a number of excellent sites you can use to compare everything online – from flights to car hire to hotels. If you shop around before you purchase, you’ll be able to find yourself a deal that suits you and will hopefully save you a bit of money.

I’ve had really good experiences booking through Expedia, Kayak and SkyScanner. I find them easy to use and it’s an easy way to see all your options in one place.

5. Consider buying vs. hiring.

If you’re planning on doing adventure activities or sports while you’re abroad, you’re going to need the right equipment.

Depending on what you’re doing, it can sometimes be cheaper to hire, and sometimes it can be cheaper to buy your gear (especially if you have a view to do said activity again sometime).

For example, I went on a ski trip last year and found it a lot cheaper to hire my skis and boots than purchasing my own set. I did, however, purchase my own ski clothing. I know that I’ll go skiing again in the future and since I found my gear on sale, it made more sense to get my own.

6. Check for a coupon code.

Before I purchase tickets to any shows, museums, zoos, theme parks or tours I always jump on Google and search (for example) “San Diego Zoo Coupon Code”.

There are a bunch of websites that are regularly updated with current coupon codes that you can enter into the checkout when you’re purchasing tickets online. It takes very little effort and if you end up saving yourself a bit of money then it’s definitely worthwhile!

That’s about all I can think of right now! Hopefully I won’t have to write another blog post when I return from my trip to tell you all of the horrible mistakes I made with booking my own trip.

Anyway – it’s all part of the adventure. If you’ve got any nifty travel tips of your own, leave me a comment below.

Happy travels!

Cheap Weekend – How To Be Social On A Budget

Being social can be tough – especially when you don’t have a lot of cash to throw around on super fun activities.

AND, there’s nothing worse than having to turn down offers to go out with friends because you don’t have the funds. Eugh.

So what do you do?

It’s easy. Pull on your organisational pants, and plan a weekend with your friends that suits your budget.

I’ve put together a list of some of the best cheap fun you can have.

(The best part is this stuff is so good, your friends won’t even suspect that your pulling some sneaky budget fun on them.)

Go on an adventure walk.

Grab your friend, pack a backpack full of snacks, water and sunscreen, and set off on an adventure walk. You could try getting up early with the sun and going for a beach walk, stopping for breakfast before you turn back. Or go for a drive to a nice bushwalking spot and pick a nice long track. Go on, get back to nature!

Host a mexican fiesta.

Mexican food is super cheap to make. Grab yourself some corn chips, beans, cheese, taco kits or whatever takes your fancy and put on a spread for your pals. Ask them to bring along some mexican beers or sangria and you’ve got yourself a party. Or, for a quiet night in, hire out some of your favourite mexican-inspired movies (my pick is ‘The Mexican’… helloooo Brad Pitt) and eat your feast in front of the TV. With a sombrero on.

Karaoke.

Everyone loves karaoke. If you don’t, you need to go and reassess your life. Just kidding, if karaoke isn’t your thing, maybe try going to your local open mic night. It’s fun watching other people embarrass themselves / live out their lifelong musical dream.

Volunteer.

There are a HEAP of places you can volunteer your time in Australia. Pick something that interests you, and bring your friends along. If you’re lucky, you might get to hang out with puppies for a day at your local animal shelter. Puppppieeeessss!

Road trip!

Esky full of food and drinks? Check! Ultimate driving mixtape? Check! Best friend in the passenger seat? Check! Go exploring! Pick a town in the middle of nowhere and go there. Have a picnic, have a drink with the locals, stay the night in a tent perhaps? Chuck in a disposable camera so that you can show the rest of your buddies how much fun you had. Everyone is going to want to go on a road trip with you.

Have an ugly cake competition.

Get each of your friends to bring over a cake ingredient and see who can make the ugliest cake. Loser has to wear their cake home.

Host a jam session.

No, I don’t mean buy a bunch of fruit and sit around stirring a pot all day. I mean, grab all your friends who play an instrument and get everyone round for some lazy sunday tunes. You never know, you might end up forming the next Polyphonic Spree.

Host a tournament.

Head over to your local tennis courts or basketball hoops and hold a day-long tournament. Bring some tunes, outrageous sporting outfits and may the best man win.

 

See? It ain’t that hard to socialise on a budget.

Next time you’re short on cash, whip out this handy list and see what cheap fun you can make. And if after all this, you’re actually still bored, grab yourself a loan from Nimble and hire out a helicopter for the afternoon. If that doesn’t impress your friends I don’t know what will.

If you’ve tried any of these ideas, let us know how you went! Send us in your pics, or karaoke videos and we’ll post them on our Facebook page.