Spending time with your girlfriends is not only fun, but it’s also a real life saver at times. It helps lift your mood and makes you feel connected. The only problem is that spending time with friends can cost a lot if you’re doing expensive things like going out to eat or grabbing drinks after work. So, to make sure you can see more of your friends while spending less of your money, here are some budget-friendly activities to do together.

Cook together

You don’t have to be a great cook to make a tasty meal with your friend. So, instead of going out to your favorite Indian restaurant, find a yummy recipe, write up your grocery list, and peruse the isles to find the perfect ingredients for your stay-at-home dinner. It’s fun and a great way to bond – no matter what the meal ends up tasting like.

Visit a gallery

Galleries and museums sometimes offer a free day or a reduced price to visit. Why not spend a couple hours checking out some art? You’ll see (and learn) something new. Plus, galleries can prompt important conversations, stifled giggles and a stroll through the gift shop afterwards.

Donate, exchange or sell clothing

Friends like to shop together, but what about decluttering and downsizing together? If your wardrobe is getting out of hand, consider inviting your friend over to sort through your items and vote which ones you should keep, donate and even sell. Pour a glass of wine and let the games begin!

Go outside

No matter what the season, a brisk walk or a lazy stroll is a great way to pass the time with a friend. Media maven, Arianna Huffington, recommends taking a walk to relax the mind, lift your mood and enhance your creative thinking.

Volunteer

Joining forces with your friend to support a cause you’re both passionate about is a super gratifying way hang out. You can volunteer at a local food bank, animal shelter or help raise funding for an movement that lies near and dear to your heart.

Which one of these activities do you want to try with your BFF? Let us know in the comments below!

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