Discover tips and tricks on how to save and invest money by Oval Money

You made, it’s Friday! And you deserve to give yourself a little TLC. Saving money doesn’t have to be a hardship, it doesn’t have to mean that you live hard and constantly feel stressed out. Sure, there might be things you have to choose between (that pizza take out tonight, or the new car you wanted next year), but losing all the fun out of life isn’t one of them.

In honour of our favourite day of the week we’ve put together a few things you can do to make sure you have yourself a really fun Friday!

1. Decorate your desk.

Bear with us. A number of studies, reported here in the Guardian state that, “Offices with scenic views, as well as high-quality indoor environments, could help employees become more productive”. It’s science!

It’s not expensive, get yourself a pot plant, name her Nora; water her once a week, and Bob’s your uncle! Instant recipe for success! Not quite, obviously, but you catch our gist. You spend a minimum of 40 hours a week in your work environment, make sure you make it as pleasant a space as possible. Plus, it’s just more fun to work somewhere that doesn’t look like it grew out of the pages of Orwell’s Big Brother.

2. 'Riddle of the day' office board.

So ‘Silicon-Valley-new-tech-nausea-inducing-work-fun’ I know, but trust us, it actually is fun. If you are lucky enough to work in that kind of office, one day a (or week, depending on how collectively slow you all are!), write a riddle or a brainteaser on a board in a communal space.

Honestly, it’s fun to have something to talk about and work on collaboratively together that isn’t just target based or work focused. It can actually lead to a lot of laughs and strengthening your working relationships.

Every Friday you can all come together to see what the solution was and see who of you managed to figure it out correctly.


3. Make sure you write a little treat into your budget.

We hammer you over the head with it enough, saving is IMPORTANT. However, it’s not the be-all-and-end-all. Living is what counts. Make sure you write a little treat into your budget to make sure you remember to have a good time too.

Seeing friends and family is important for your relationships and your mental health. You deserve some hard earned time and money to maintain these.

4. Eat well!

You don’t have to tell us this one twice, we are breakfast supporters through and through. Salmon and scrambled eggs thank you very much.

A good breakfast helps set you up for the day and actually finding time to sit down in the morning and start your day out in an ordered, calm, fashion really helps set the tone of the rest of the day. Just spending those 10 or 15 minutes sitting at the table with a cup of tea and a plate of food, instead of cramming half a piece of toast down you as you run for the bus, can really make you start that day on a happier note.

5. Banter!

“Ooh, friends, football friends!” This year it’s been 10 years since the legendary The Inbetweeners hit our screens, and there’re not many of us who will ever forget the power of a really, really, good laugh (especially when it’s at your mates).

Laughter is what it's all about, and it costs nothing. If you can, find a way to laugh today, and


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