10 ways to stay in, save cash, and still have fun this January!

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Bah, January. Very little money, miserable weather, not enough to look forward and umpteen reasons to be grumpy. However, stay frugal and entertained at the same time, with this bunch of suggestions for how to make the most of the month...
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Start a new TV show

Season one boxsets of TV shows tend to be heavily discounted, as their makers want to draw you into to watching the later seasons too. And here's the good news: even full show boxsets have been tumbling in price. Why not start with a bit of Breaking Bad, and catch up on what all the fuss has been about?
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Big, big books

There are few more cost-effective pieces of entertainment than a weighty book - perfect for January! On a pound spent per hour that it keeps you busy basis, a hefty novel can rarely be beaten. Get stuck into a classic like The Stand by Stephen King.
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Catch up on those movies you missed

Lots of stores sell their overstock DVDs for less just after Christmas. So be it last year's hits you missed like The Wolf of Wall Street, or why not step back in time and enjoy the classics like the Ealing Studios Rarities Collection, there's plenty to choose from.
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Try a spot of retro gaming

The latest games may cost the most money, but if you're willing to go back a few years, there are serious bargains to be had. Few people will ever feel shortchanged by a Sega Dreamcast and a collection of games, for instance.
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Build a model aircraft

If you fancy doing something away from a screen, then why not pick up an Airfix kit? Be it a vintage release of something more modern, it's a quiet, engrossing and very satisfying way to unwind.
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Try your hand at animation

Or how about trying something different with your computer? A nice family project can be putting together a small animated film. Software packages such as Hue Animation Studio contain the basics that you need to get started - although the ideas will have to come from you...
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Record a podcast

Most computers, phones and tablets now come with a basic microphone function, but if you want to record a professional-sounding podcast, how about trying something more effective. A proper microphone, similar to this Yoga Dynamic, needn't cost much, and it can make your recordings all the more impressive.
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Digitise your old videos

If you've got a video recorder in the loft, and a bunch of old VHS tapes with your home movies, then why not covert them to DVD? To get them onto your computer is simpler than ever, and good converter kits come with the leads and the software you need.
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Try a new hobby

Pottery? Crafting? Cosplay? Creating crosswords? Learning a language? There's no shortage of new things on the planet to try: and most new hobbies start just be giving something a go. Heck, why not pick up an entry-level metal detector and go in search of riches?!

Sell your old stuff!

If all else fails, and you want to raise a few quid for yourself, January is a perfect time for decluttering, and getting rid of a few things you don't need. Stick them up for sale online, and you might just find yourself a few pounds richer too. And who can't do without extra money in January?!
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