Bargain nights in with the girls

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It’s not always easy to juggle a busy life with your family and to stay in touch with the friends you had before you had children, or even making time to see new friends without it always being a family affair. Though it can be great when you have a houseful of children and their parents, sometimes it’s nice to have some time with just you and your girlfriends.

For many women who are at home with young children, they may not be earning or not earning very much, so it might feel too self-indulgent to go out that often. This is why it’s a great idea to have some ideas for a cheap and cheerful night in with friends, instead of going out somewhere.

The internet is a real help in this situation – as it can provide on-tap entertainment, either for free or at a negligible cost. For instance, if you want to set up a bingo night at home, all you need to do is get your friends to bring their phone or tablet with them and you can all log in to the same bingo website and start playing. When you first sign up to play online bingo at Winner Bingo for example you’ll see there are plenty of promotions to take advantage of, and it’s good to time a bingo night with friends  around one of the big prize games. This can add to the excitement and party atmosphere when you’re playing with other people. It’s not just Winner where you’ll find big games; many of the other sites such as Bingo Fest and Bingo Hall will have special jackpot games on their schedules on a weekly or monthly basis. Playing online bingo is a great choice for a girls’ night as it gives you something to focus on while you chat and catch up with each other.

An old favourite for a cheap night in would be to get busy in the kitchen and cook a meal together. You don’t have to be a great cook and if you’re nervous about cooking for your friends, make life easier by asking people to bring a dish. Better if you coordinate this, though, otherwise you might end up with too many starters and no main course!

And if you feel like expressing yourselves, why not have a DIY karaoke night? With youtube, you can find almost any song you can think of in a karaoke version. However, if you’re getting your friends over for an evening of belting out 80s pop songs, it might be a better idea to book the kids in for a sleepover with the grandparents!

If you can make the effort to get together with the girls every now and then, you’ll really reap the benefits of maintaining those friendships. There’s a lot of strength and support that we can draw from our friends, and many of us have friendships that last a lifetime even though we only get to see each other now and then.

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