I love going out for brunch. It’s always nice to catch up with friends over a great cup of coffee and a meal, but more often than not, it can be quite expensive. A lot of the time, the food that you have in a fancy brunch cafe can be recreated at home for less than a quarter of the price.
Worse still, in my case, I usually end up going for an extra coffee and then a piece of cake afterwards and before I know it, I’ve blown a large portion of my budget for that week. This makes both me and my pocket feel guilty.
Keep reading for some great alternatives to brunch that won’t cost as much but can still be fun!
Go for a picnic
Get your family and/or friends together, bring along some dishes to share, a few picnic rugs and you’re all set. Picnics are perfect for spending quality time outdoors with your loved ones. Plus you won’t get sideways looks from the well-meaning staff in the cafe who have been trying to get rid of you for the last two hours.
You’re not restricted to where you go either; why not head to the beach? A local dam? A national park? There are heaps of spots around that are waiting to be explored. Just do a quick search for places of interest near your town/city and you’ll see what I mean!
There are plenty of yummy options for picnic snacks too…why not make breakfast muffins? A quiche? Yoghurt granola in those cute mason jars? There are so many different things you could try.
Visit a local farmers market
Farmers markets are a great way to join in with the community spirit, meeting local growers and the people behind the produce. I always like to know where my money is going and everyone is always so passionate about their foods or homemade goods.
You don’t necessarily have to buy anything but you might just find that you and your friends are planning what to rustle up at your next dinner party.
Plus I’m almost certain that all markets will have a coffee van parked not too far away so fear not, you can still get your caffeine hit.
Invite people round for brunch
You could make it a weekly or monthly thing. Take it in turns to re-create some of your favourite brunch dishes in the comfort of your own kitchen. How about making a one pot bean casserole with some poached eggs on top and some crusty bread to mop up all the juice? Sounds delicious, right?
Ok so it’s a little effort, but just think – you may be eating for free next time.
Get a voucher
If you are really keen to go out for a meal, then have a look on a voucher website and find a good meal at a discounted price. There are sometimes some really great offers on Groupon and you could end up trying a cuisine you might not usually go for, at a fraction of the normal cost. This may take a little planning in advance but your budget won’t take too much of a hit.
Find out what’s going on in your local city/town
Again, have a look online and you’ll easily be able to find out if there’s a community event happening somewhere near you. A local fair, market or festival could be the place to go. Plus, lots of these events have food trucks or snacks available on-site and are quite a bit cheaper because you’re not paying extra for things like service charges or seating.
Take a hike
Make the most of your next sunny day by taking a hike. Just do a search for ‘Local hikes near me’ and you’re bound to find something. Fresh air, a bit of exercise and a good group of friends…what more could you want? Perhaps take a flask of coffee with you and some snacks to share along the way.
These are all great ways that you can still catch up with your loved ones but save lots of money. You never know, something you do may become a new tradition in your household!