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January

We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others. – Dalai Lama

As the buzz of Christmas draws to a close, the markets pack up for another year and the last of the left over chocolate gets thrown hesitantly in the bin in an attempt to embrace the ‘new year, new me’ diet, we are met with January. Notoriously the bluest month of the year, January is often unwelcome, as most of the country slip into ‘hermit’ status. But Jan doesn’t have to mean socialising ban!! Granted, following Christmas, funds are expectantly a little less than usual, so here at beFriend we’ve come up with some cheap solutions to your socialising cravings that don’t break the bank.

Firstly, download your beFriend app, available on both iOS and Android. This is your first step to meeting like-minded people, who are probably just as skint as you following the Christmas period! Express your interests and hobbies and match with people who would like to participate in the same activities. Now you’ve got the company, you can decide what you’d like to do.

The term ‘socialising’ often provokes connotations of exotic parties, shaken Martinis and lavish outfits, but it doesn’t have to result in being overdrawn! Bring the party to your home, invite people round and be the host/hostess with the mostest. You’ll be surprised how much you can save on food, drink and travel costs. There are lots of things you can do from the comfort of your living room such as;

– Movie nights
– Cocktail making evenings
– Games night- including board games and/or your Playstation/Xbox
– Or hold a club involving a hobby or interest. For example, book club or cards club. This way you don’t have to miss out and you have a responsibility to the event, so there’s no excuses but to take part!

We all love a swanky restaurant, but there’s no reason you can’t recreate a sophisticated dinner with friends from your own kitchen. Get out the Delia Smith cookbooks and put on a spread to envy Jamie Oliver. Then just ask one friend to bring desert and the other to bring the juice. A cost shared is a problem halved!

If you don’t want to be restrained to the indoors, get out for free. Take advantage of museums and local parks that do not charge an admission fee. If you do want to eat out, there are plenty of vouchers available to keep costs realistic. It’s not about stopping the things you enjoy doing altogether, but limiting them and ensuring they’re not stretching your January budget.

We are as humans are social beings so don’t see January as a month of isolation due to financial difficulties. Make the most of the resources available to you, catch up with old friends or meet new people on your beFriend app and adopt a New Years’ resolution to be more sociable. Why not make this January, the best one yet?

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