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How To Have a Girls’ Day Out on a Budget!

Who says you need a big budget to have an amazing time with your best friends?

With the cost of living crisis still being a block in the road for sufficient disposable income, budgeting has become a crucial topic. Getting creative with how we have fun with our besties is helpful, but creativity can dip when financial stress becomes a burden. Luckily for you, we have a list of budget-friendly bestie activities that you and all of your frugal friends can make life-long memories with. Take some notes, and share the following activities with your besties for the next girls’ night:

Cocktail Personality Night 

Cocktail personality nights have been trending all over the internet. This involves hosting a cocktail drinking night with the girls, but each person brings a special cocktail designed to reflect their personality. For example, if one of your friends is loud and bubbly, she would create a cocktail with a fizzy base and decorated with fizzy, and eccentric sweets as a garnish. Other friendship groups have based the drink ideas on professions. For example, a nurse may have fun injectable syrups that the others can put into their cocktails. It is a great way to get creative, and you do not have to be a master bartender to do this. Simply grab some ready to drink skinny cocktails, and let the flavour and decor do the talking!

Picnic in the Park

Picture this: a warm, sunny day, a basket filled with delicious treats, and your closest friends by your side. That’s the magic of a picnic in the park. Although for most people in the UK, this scene is only possible a few days of the year! If you are lucky enough to be reading this within the summer months, take advantage of the warmer weather and plan a cute, wholesome picnic for you and your besties. Ask everyone to bring snacks, some drinks, a speaker for music, and let the good times roll!

DIY Spa Day

Every girl deserves a little pampering now and then, and there’s no better way to do it than with a DIY spa day at home. Grab your besties, and invite them around for a cost-effective spa day at your house. Using the many face masks and self-care tools you already have, work on each other to rejuvenate your look, without needing to spend a fortune on a beauty therapist. Do each other’s nails for maximum neatness, and soak your feet in a foot spa whilst gossiping over fizz! Between you all, you will have the right beauty tools to create the best at-home spa day.

Movie Marathon

Sometimes, all you need is a good old movie night with your besties. Host a movie marathon featuring your favourite chick flicks, classic rom-com, or even a series you’ve been dying to binge-watch. Pop some popcorn, snuggle up on the couch, and have a blast watching together. Don’t forget to take breaks for laughter and discussions!


Fashionistas on a budget, rejoice! Thrift store shopping is a treasure hunt waiting to happen. There is nothing better than getting a second opinion from your besties about the clothes you are trying on, especially when they are so low in price! Thrifting is a great way to cut costs, whilst also spending a day chatting and adding to your style. You might leave with a whole new cost-effective winter wardrobe.

Cooking Challenge

Are you and your friends foodies at heart? Channel your inner chefs and create your own come-dine-with-me experience for all of your besties. To cut down the costs, assign one of your besties to a main, starter or dessert recipe, and anonymously judge each meal. This will be a much more cost-effective and intimate way to share a meal, without spending a fortune on a fine dining experience. Whoever made the highest-rated dish of the night wins a prize of a bottle of prosecco. Count me in!

Scenic Hike or Nature Walk

Sometimes, the best way to bond is by getting outdoors and connecting with nature. Explore the beauty of the great outdoors by going on a scenic hike or nature walk. It’s a perfect way to enjoy fresh air, exercise, and each other’s company. Check out the local National Trust parks in your area, or take a look at the nearest hiking routes near you. Drive to the location in the same car to cut transport costs, and pack a packed lunch to energise you!

Book Club Exchange

For the bookworms among you, starting a mini book club with your friends is a fantastic idea. Choose a book to read together, set a timeline for reading, and then host a book exchange party where you can discuss the book and trade recommendations. It’s a great way to stimulate your mind and engage in meaningful conversations.

Free Local Events

Your city or town likely hosts various free events, from concerts and art exhibitions to outdoor festivals. Keep an eye on local event listings and calendars to discover these hidden gems. Attending these events can be a great way to have fun without spending a penny. Plus, you’ll get to experience your community’s culture and meet even more great people.

Workout Group Session

Staying active and healthy together is not only fun but also a great way to support each other’s well-being! You can do workout routines or yoga sessions in the comfort of your home or even take your exercise outdoors. You can find plenty of free workout videos online to follow along with. Encourage each other to stay motivated and committed to a healthy lifestyle.


In a world where it often feels like everything comes with a price tag, it’s comforting to know that the best things in life—like the bonds of friendship—are truly priceless. These budget-friendly activities are not only tons of fun but also a great way to strengthen your bonds and create lasting memories together. So, grab your besties, start planning your next girls’ day out on a budget, and let the good times roll! Remember, it’s not about how much you spend; it’s about the quality time and laughter you share with your favourite people.