From Black Voices — It’s still a recession, but definitely not a reason to cut back on hanging with your girls. Check out these 10 free or inexpensive ways to have fun with your girlfriends.
1. Potluck Dinners
Choose a theme (Mexican, soul food, etc.) and have everyone cook up a new dish. This is a great way to hone your cooking skills, and the perfect excuse to try creating something new. There’s bound to be leftovers, which makes this an easy way to save on lunch money. Can you say two for one? (Take this to the next level and make it a monthly tradition with rotating themes.)
2. Wine Night
White or red, this is the perfect addition to any girl talk. Grab your favorite friends and a few bottles of wine and let the good times roll. No need to pick up the most expensive bottle – there’s plenty to choose from under 20 bucks.
3. Mani/Pedi Sessions
Slip off to your local salon for their $20 combo deal. There are plenty of these around the country, so find your spa today!
4. Book Clubs
Choose a theme, or a topic of the month, and find a corresponding book. This is an incredible way to dig deeper on a particular topic, or the perfect excuse to just gather as a group and chat about various issues. Many books are now equipped with discussion questions, making them the perfect choice for a book club.
Here are a few to jump-start your book club today: The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz or the entire Yada Yada Prayer Group series by Neta Jackson.
5. Spontaneous Picnics
What’s better than enjoying the sunshine with your girls?! Grab a few blankets, a bottle of wine, cheese and a few other snacks and spend the afternoon just relaxing.