Rainy Day Ideas on a Budget

You might love pulling on your wellies, digging out your umbrella and dusting off your gloves in the rainy season but equally, you might want to stay at home or at least make as minimal effort as possible. The only problem is trying to think of ways to fill your weekend. Here are a few ideas

By Lauren Haslett – Media Studies at University of Portsmouth


Watch a film

With the multiple streaming services available online as well as the good old fashioned DVD, getting a cosy blanket, popping some popcorn and putting on a film is a quick, easy way to relax on a rainy day. Here are a few classics you might want to tick off of your list if you haven’t seen them already:

Shawshank Redemption; The Graduate; Hot Fuzz; The Devil Wears Prada; The Shining; The Star Wars Saga; Psycho; Gone With The World; Titanic; Romeo and Juliet. 

Have a pub lunch

Although you’ll have to put your raincoat on and put up your umbrella, going out for a pub lunch really does take the pressure off on having to cook whilst at home on a rainy day. Usually, if you pick the right dish (something like pie, curry, or fish’n’chips), you won’t have to eat for the rest of the day; instead you can just have snacks here and there when you get home. Pubs can also be some of the cosiest places with their wood burning fires and old worldy decor, the perfect location to spend a rainy day.


Cookies, cupcakes, brownies, flapjacks; there are all sorts of yummy goods you bake on a rainy day. If you’re up for a challenge, why not scour Pinterest for an elaborate recipe with whacky decoration ideas. If you want something easy, try visiting the BBC Goodfood website. They have all sort of recipes that are guaranteed to fill your home with that freshly baked cake smell!

Try a new workout

If you’ve got space, you could always try out a new workout. Yoga can be super relaxing as well as being a great way to strengthen your muscles, build up your flexibility and improve your balance. Whatever you do, don’t underestimate yoga as easy exercise; when done right, yoga can make you break a sweat and you really will feel its impact the next day. If you’re looking for something more overtly intense, you could check out Joe Wick’s 15 minute workouts on Youtube. There are lots of different focus areas you can choose from and the channel is really easy to navigate; simply look through the playlists and pick something you fancy!

Do that thing you’re putting off

Is there something that you’ve been putting off for weeks because better, more interesting things have come up? Or have you had work due in that made you push a priority to the back of your mind? A rainy day is the perfect opportunity to get this thing done! It could be cleaning, calling your parents, unfollowing people on social media, literally anything. Tick that task off of your list and move on… you’ll thank yourself later, trust me!

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